New Lower E-ZPass Maryland Toll Rates Effective July 1, 2015
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
- What are Express Toll Lanes (I-95 ETL)?
- What highway and safety improvements have been made to I-95?
- Why were the I-95 ETL built?
- When did the I-95 ETL open?
- How are tolls collected on the I-95 ETL?
- Why is there a toll on the I-95 ETL?
- What will the tolls be on the I-95 ETL?
- Is there a toll for the existing general purpose lanes?
- How will I get on and off the I-95 ETL?
- Why will the toll rates vary by time of day, day of the week and direction of travel?
- Do all vehicles, even electric vehicles, have to pay a toll to use the I-95 ETL?
- What is a mileage rate range?
- Who decides the toll rates for the I-95 ETL? How often will the toll rates change?
- How do I get an E-ZPass? And how much does it cost?
- Can I use the I-95 ETL without an E-ZPass?
- Can I use an E-ZPass from another state on the I-95 ETL?
- If there is an accident in the general purpose lanes, will I be forced to use the I-95 ETL?
- What is the speed limit for the I-95 ETL?
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS:
I-95 Express Toll Lanes are new travel lanes that are separated by a concrete barrier from the regular (general-purpose) lanes. Drivers who want a more reliable trip on I-95 may choose to pay a toll to use the I-95 ETL. Toll rates vary by time of day for more reliable travel times, especially during peak periods.
The I-95 ETL are part of the $1.08 billion I-95 Improvement Project, which includes $756 million in highway and safety improvements along the eight miles of I-95 from the I-895 interchange to just north of White Marsh Boulevard (MD 43) in northeast Baltimore.
The comprehensive I-95 Improvement Project is focused on enhancing highway safety in the corridor.
Major highway and safety enhancements include:
- Reconfigured three major I-95 interchanges (I-895, I-695 and MD 43) to improve traffic operations and enhance safety;
- Eliminated left-hand exits from the general-purpose lanes at the I-695 interchange;
- Modified the traffic pattern on southbound I-95 at I-895, giving priority movement to the majority of motorists who continue along I-95; and
- Replaced two structurally deficient bridges at MD 43 (White Marsh Boulevard).
The I-95 ETL were built to help reduce peak period congestion on I-95 between White Marsh and the I-95/I-895 split that occurs during morning and afternoon rush hours, weekends, holidays, incidents and other peak periods. Initially, the MDTA does not expect significant usage of the I-95 ETL during off-peak and overnight periods.
The I-95 ETL opened December 6, 2014.
- Tolls are collected with E-ZPass®.
- Toll collection is fully all-electronic. There are no toll plazas, so customers do not need to slow down or stop to make a toll payment.
- Drivers without E-ZPass can still use the I-95 ETL, but will be charged a higher Video Toll Rate. The Video Toll Rate is 1.5x the E-ZPass toll rate (with a minimum $1/maximum $15 video surcharge) to help offset the cost of identifying the registered owner, printing and mailing the bill and any subsequent actions needed to recover the toll.
- Electronic signs on I-95 will display real time toll rates.
The toll is used to manage the number of vehicles using the I-95 ETL and maintain reliable travel for the users of the I-95 ETL.
E-ZPass Toll Rates*:
*Holiday rates apply. Tolled distance is 7 miles.
Video Toll Rates are 1.5x the E-ZPass toll rates (with a minimum $1/maximum $15 video surcharge).
Toll rates vary by number of vehicle axles, payment method, time of day and direction of travel on the I-95 ETL.
There are three pricing periods: peak, off-peak and overnight. The lowest tolls are charged for E-ZPass users during overnight periods. The highest tolls are charged for Video Toll users during the peak travel periods.
Southbound and Northbound
All other times
There is no toll for using the general purpose lanes adjacent to the I-95 ETL.
Motorists will have the following choices to enter the I-95 ETL:
- Northbound - on I-95 near the I-895 merge, on I-895 just prior to the merge and from Moravia Road.
- Southbound - on I-95 near White Marsh and from MD 43 (White Marsh Boulevard).
Motorists can exit the I-95 ETL at the following locations:
- Northbound - to I-95 near White Marsh and to MD 43.
- Southbound - to I-95 near the I-895 split, to I-895 near the split and to Moravia Road.
The toll rates vary to match travel patterns in the I-95 corridor while helping to reduce peak-travel congestion and provide reliable travel. The toll rate is higher when traffic volumes are at their highest and lower when traffic volumes are at their lowest.
A mileage rate range shows the lowest and highest per-mile toll that the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) may use when setting toll rates for the ETL and other congestion-managed toll facilities like the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200. The ETL mileage rate ranges for each pricing period are identical to the rate ranges in use for the ICC.
The mileage rate ranges and pricing periods for the I-95 ETL are established by the MDTA Board. The actual toll rates are set by the MDTA Executive Director within the approved ranges.
As traffic volumes grow, the MDTA may change the toll rates to manage the number of vehicles using the I-95 ETL and ensure reliable travel. Toll rates may be changed with 10 days public notice, so long as they remain within the approved ranges. Changes to the overall tolling plan once approved by the MDTA Board require public hearings and a public-comment period.
Visit www.ezpassmd.com to enroll online or to get a list of E-ZPass "On the Go" retail locations. You may also visit one of our Stop-in Centers located at most Maryland toll facilities and at the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA)offices. For a complete list of Stop-in Centers and MVA locations, please visit ezpassmd.com.
An E-ZPass MD transponder costs $9 to purchase, and the pre-paid toll amount is $25. Effective July 1, 2015, there is no $1.50 monthly account maintenance fee for Maryland addresses and for out-of-state addresses that use Maryland toll facilities three or more times in a previous statement period.
Although E-ZPass is the most convenient and easiest way to pay for your toll, you may also pay the toll after your trip using Video Tolling. Upon entering the I-95 ETL, a photo of your license plate will be taken, allowing the MDTA to identify the registered owner with the appropriate state's Motor Vehicle Administration. A bill will be sent to that address for the Video Toll transaction.
The MDTA accepts any valid E-ZPass account issued by any state for payment of tolls on the I-95 ETL and at all Maryland toll facilities.
No, the current alternate/detour plan for incidents on I-95 directs motorists to use US 40 (Pulaski Highway) and/or US 1 (Bel Air Road). The I-95 ETL would be available as an option to the customer.
Speed limits are established based on a number of factors, including roadway geometry, driver speeds and roadway safety. These factors will be very different for the I-95 ETL and the general-purpose lanes when the roadway opens to traffic. The speed limit for the general-purpose lanes will remain 55 mph below I-695 and 65 mph north of I-695. The speed limit for the northbound I-95 ETL will be 65 mph. The speed limit on the southbound I-95 ETL will be 65 mph with a reduction to 55 mph near Kenwood Avenue.
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