The Intercounty Connector (ICC) is a variably priced facility, where tolls are higher during peak travel times (Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.) and reduced during off-peak and overnight pricing periods. A key purpose to variable tolling is to manage congestion – raising the toll rate during periods of high traffic volumes helps reduce the number of vehicles using the roadway, keeping the highway relatively congestion-free and providing motorists with reliable travel times.
The use of varying pricing periods is common in transportation. Locally, WMATA uses different peak and off-peak prices for the Metro system.
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The MDTA will continuously monitor traffic volumes and may adjust the toll rates periodically to manage traffic volumes or help meet revenue needs. The MDTA will provide at least 10 days notice of any change to the toll schedule that is within the approved tolling plan. Changes to the mileage rate ranges require a 60-day public comment period.
The ICC tolling plan, which includes pricing periods, mileage rate ranges, rounding rule and the minimum toll, was approved by the MDTA Board on December 17, 2009, following a 60-day public comment period that provided community leaders and potential users of the ICC the opportunity to express their opinions.
The plan’s approved tolling parameters are:
|Pricing Periods||Peak, off-peak, and overnight hours and days of week when a particular mileage rate is in effect. Peak period excludes federal holidays. Pricing periods may vary by up to 60 minutes earlier and later. Changes to the pricing periods may occur once travel patterns are assessed.|
Mon – Fri: 6 – 9am; 4 - 7pm
Mon – Fri: 5 – 6am; 9am - 4pm; 7 – 11pm
Sat & Sun: 5am – 11pm
Sun – Sat: 11pm – 5am
|Mileage Rate Ranges||Toll ranges used to set the per-mile toll rates|
For two-axle vehicles:
($0.25/mile – $0.35/mile);
($0.20/mile – $0.30/mile);
($0.10/mile – $0.30/mile)
|Rounding Rule||The method for consistently rounding the calculated toll per trip||Round up to the nearest nickel|
|Minimum Toll||The lowest possible toll approved for any given trip||2 miles multiplied by the mileage rate in effect or $0.40, whichever is greater|
When considering inflation since 2004, ICC toll rates are comparable to the ranges used for discussion during the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) study for the ICC. While the ICC is Maryland’s first variably priced toll facility, other states, including Virginia, California and Colorado, already use variable pricing to provide more reliable travel times and maximize transportation capacity. The ICC toll rates are comparable to, and generally lower than, these other variably priced tolling facilities around the country.
|Peak Toll Rate Comparisons:|
I-495 Express - Virginia
$1.25 for E-ZPass (14 miles)
I-15 - California
|$1.00 for FasTrack (20 miles)|
SR 91 - California
$.90 PM Peak
$.50 AM Peak for FasTrack (10 miles)
Rt. 73 – California
|$.44 for FasTrack (15 miles)|
Rt. 261 – California
$.30 for FasTrack (15 miles)
Dulles Greenway – Virginia
$.43 for E-ZPass (14 miles)
I-95 - Delaware
$.17 E-ZPass same as cash
Rt. 241 – California
$.44 for FasTrack (12 miles)
|ICC / MD 200|
$.25 for E-ZPass (16 miles)
Source: Web research 9/17/13