FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 19, 2013

 

Contact:          Cheryl M. Sparks

                        410-537-1017

 

MDTA BOARD PROPOSES TOLLING PLAN

FOR I-95 EXPRESS TOLL LANES IN BALTIMORE

Public Comment Period Begins Today;

I-95 Improvements Enhance Highway Safety Along Congested Corridor

 

BALTIMORE, MD – In preparation for opening the I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) in northeast Baltimore in late 2014, today the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) announced the proposed tolling plan for Maryland’s second all-electronic toll facility.  The proposed mileage rate ranges vary for peak, off-peak and overnight traffic and set the minimum and maximum per-mile toll rates for travel in the toll lanes. 

“The I-95 Express Toll Lanes will help reduce congestion along this busy section of  I-95 and provide motorists with a convenient choice for reliable travel,” said Maryland Transportation Secretary and MDTA Chairman James T. Smith, Jr.  “The new lanes are part of a comprehensive I-95 Improvement Project focused on enhancing highway safety along this vital economic corridor.”

The $1.08 billion I-95 Improvement Project includes $756 million in significant highway and safety enhancements.  These upgrades 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).

In addition, the I-95 Improvement Project consists of two new ETL in each direction of I-95, adjacent to the existing four general-purpose (non-tolled) lanes, between I-895 and just north of MD 43.  Like the Intercounty Connector, the ETL will use all-electronic toll collection with toll rates that vary by time of day.  There will be no toll plazas on the ETL.  Tolls will be paid at highway speeds using E-ZPass® as vehicles pass beneath overhead tolling structures.  The ETL will also use Video Tolling for drivers who do not have E-ZPass

The proposed mileage rate ranges for two-axle vehicles (passenger vehicles, motorcycles and light trucks) vary from $0.25 to $0.35 per-mile for proposed peak periods, $0.20 to $0.30 per-mile for off-peak periods and $0.10 to $0.30 per-mile for overnight periods.  (NOTE: tolled distance is seven miles.)   

 

Peak Periods

Southbound

·         Monday - Friday,
6:00 - 9:00 a.m.

·         Saturday, 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.

·         Sunday, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Northbound

·         Monday - Friday,
3:00 - 7:00 p.m.

·         Saturday, 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.

·         Sunday, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overnight Period

 

Off-Peak Periods

Southbound and Northbound

9:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m. Daily

All other times

“With today’s announcement, we have begun our public comment period.  Citizens are encouraged to provide written feedback prior to 5 p.m. on Nov. 4, 2013, or attend one of our public hearings to give testimony before our Board Members,” said MDTA Acting Executive Secretary Bruce Gartner.  “The MDTA Board also encouraged me today to set the ETL toll rates at the low end of the rate ranges once we have an approved tolling plan later this year.”

MDTA staff will be available to address questions at the public hearings.  Those wishing to provide testimony to the MDTA Board should attend one of these hearings:

 

Oct. 7, 2013, 6-9 p.m.

Patterson High School

100 Kane Street

Baltimore, MD 21224

Oct. 10, 2013, 6-9 p.m.

Perry Hall Middle School

4300 Ebenezer Road

Baltimore, MD 21236

Oct. 15, 2013, 6-9 p.m.

Patterson Mill High School

85 Patterson Mill Road

Bel Air, MD 21015

 

 

 

 

Public comments on the proposed tolling plan (see attached public notice) will be accepted until 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.  After reviewing and considering all comments, the MDTA Chairman and Board Members are expected to take final action on the tolling plan on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.  Once the Board approves a tolling plan, the actual ETL toll rates will be set by the MDTA’s Executive Secretary. 

Citizens who have questions about the ETL tolling plan can call 410-537-1000.  However, those wishing to have their comments become part of the public record should:

·        Attend one of the public hearings with the MDTA Board to provide testimony.

·        Submit comments using the website mdta.maryland.gov.

·        Write: MDTA I-95 Express Toll Lanes Toll Comment

                    2310 Broening Highway

                    Baltimore, MD  21224.

The I-95 Express Toll Lanes are “through” lanes for drivers traveling to destinations north and south of  I 695/Baltimore Beltway.  Motorists will have the option of entering the northbound ETL from I-95, from Moravia Road and from I-895 just prior to the I-95 merge (see attached map).  Drivers will be able to exit the northbound ETL to I-95 north of the MD 43 interchange and at the MD 43 interchange.  Motorists will be able to access the southbound ETL from I-95 north of the MD 43 interchange and at the MD 43 interchange.  Drivers will be able to exit the southbound ETL to I-95, to Moravia Road and to I-895 just prior to the I-95 split.

Visit mdta.maryland.gov for the official public notice and to view the ETL map.  Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA

 

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