They are coming for your money down at the MDTA. Tolls are going up big time.
This will be part of the largest toll increase in Maryland’s history, with some toll rates throughout Maryland more than doubling since 2011.
The Bay Bridge tolls rose the most, going up from $2 back in 2011 to $6 July 1.
Back in 2011, Maryland legislator EJ Pipkin stated that the MDTA was a “runaway agency” that ignores public input; hearings were held back in 2011 and many people attended and expressed anger toward the increases, many from the eastern shore.
MDTA says the new increases are needed to pay for Maryland’s aging bridges, tunnels, and highways and for constructing additional highway capacity in the Baltimore Washington metro area.
They also stated that the increase will also go toward paying the debt for the $2.4 billion Inter County Connector and the express toll lanes on I-95 in Baltimore.
Maryland’s ICC boondoggle will not be affected, go figure.
Here is what you can expect to pay starting July 1 12:01am
See complete charges here
E-ZPass® Maryland Discount (commuter) rates:
$1.40 at the Fort McHenry (I-95) and Baltimore Harbor (I-895) tunnels and the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695);
$2.80 (round trip) at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) and Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40);
$2.10 (round trip) at the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301); and $2.10 round trip at the Bay Bridge.
These rates are 65% off the cash rates. NOTE: Customers whose accounts do not have auto-replenishment will need to check their accounts often to ensure that their accounts are funded, as balances will deplete more quickly.
E-ZPass Maryland Standard Plan rates (10% off the cash/base rate):
$3.60 at the Fort McHenry and Harbor tunnels and the Key Bridge; $7.20 at the JFK Highway and the Hatem Bridge;
$5.40 at the Bay and Nice bridges. Cash toll rates: $4 at the Fort McHenry and Harbor tunnels and the Key Bridge;
$8 at the JFK Highway and Hatem Bridge; $6 at the Bay and Nice Bridges.
Video toll rates: $6 at the Fort McHenry and Harbor tunnels and the Key Bridge; $12 at the JFK Highway and Hatem Bridge; $9 at the Bay and Nice Bridges.
These are discounted rates for commuters.
If you want to go on a day trip over to the Eastern Shore, it’ll cost you a whopping $6 to cross.
Will you be travelling less this summer because of the toll increases?
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