Two Virginia residents have been attempting since January to stop the transfer of the Dulles Toll Road to the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority.
But a judge dismissed their lawsuit on Friday, March 9.
The plaintiffs stated in their lawsuit that the state lacked
authority to transfer the asset without permission from the Virginia General
Assembly. The state argued that it has sovereign immunity, and the Richmond
Circuit Court judge sided with the state.
The plaintiffs were awaiting a written opinion from the
judge before deciding whether to appeal, their attorney told The Associated Press.
The pending transfer, barring an appeal, would give the
airport authority the right to collect tolls for 50 years on the Dulles Toll
Road - a public asset not to be confused with the nearby Dulles Greenway. The
Greenway is under the operating authority of Macquarie Infrastructure Group of
The airport authority, which operates the Washington Dulles International
Airport and the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, is in the process of
raising $4 billion to build a 23-mile expansion of the Metrorail. Officials say
the acquired authority of the toll road will serve that purpose.