FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 17, 2014

Contact:          Cheryl M. Sparks

                        410-537-1017

NEW I-95 EXPRESS TOLL LANES TO OPEN DEC. 6
Test Drive The ETL At No Charge Through Dec. 12;
I-95 Improvements Enhance Highway Safety Along Congested Corridor

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) today announced that it will open the I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) in northeast Baltimore by 6 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, weather permitting.  Drivers will be able to ‘test drive’ the I-95 ETL, located between I-895 and just north of MD 43 (White Marsh Boulevard), at no charge from the opening on Dec. 6 through Dec. 12, helping the MDTA to test the tolling equipment under actual traffic conditions and allowing all drivers an opportunity to become familiar with the I-95 ETL. 

“The I-95 Express Toll Lanes were built to improve travel and traffic safety today, and are designed to handle growing traffic volumes along this busy stretch of I-95 for decades to come,” class="A1"said MDTA Executive Director Bruce W. Gartner.  “The I-95 ETL will provide motorists with a convenient choice for reliable travel.”

In its first full year of operation, the JFK Highway/I-95 carried an estimated 30,000 vehicles per day in 1964.  Currently, approximately 177,000 vehicles travel this section of I-95 each weekday, with traffic projected to increase to nearly 200,000 vehicles per weekday by 2025.  Motorists are most likely to use the I-95 ETL during rush hours, holidays and major traffic incidents.  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 two new ETL in each direction of I-95, adjacent to the existing four general-purpose (non-tolled) lanes, as well as
$756 million in significant highway and safety enhancements.  These upgrades included:

  • 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.

Note: Even though the I-95 ETL will open to traffic on Dec. 6, drivers will still see related construction activities throughout the project limits.

Like the Intercounty Connector/MD 200, there will be no toll plazas on the I-95 ETL. Tolls will be collected electronically at highway speeds using E-ZPass® as vehicles pass beneath overhead tolling structures.  The I-95 ETL also will use Video Tolling for drivers who do not have E-ZPass.  Toll rates vary by time of day, direction of travel and method of payment.

The I-95 ETL per-mile toll rates are at the low end of the ETL tolling plan approved by the MDTA Board in December 2013.  Drivers of two-axle vehicles with E-ZPass will pay a total of $1.75 during peak hours, $1.40 during off-peak hours and $0.70 overnight per trip to use the new lanes after the test-drive period.

 

E-ZPass Toll Rates*:

Pricing
Period

2-axle/
Motorcycle
3-axle4-axle5-axle6-axle+
Peak:$1.75$5.25$7.91$10.50$13.16
Off-Peak:$1.40$4.20$6.30$8.40$10.50
Overnight:$0.70$2.10$3.15$4.20$5.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video Toll Rates*:

Pricing
Period

2-axle/
Motorcycle
3-axle4-axle5-axle6-axle+
Peak:$2.75$7.88$11.87$15.75$19.74
Off-Peak:$2.40$6.30$9.45$12.60$15.75
Overnight:$1.70$3.15$4.73$6.30$7.88

 

 

 

 

 


*holiday rates differ; visit mdta.maryland.gov

 

Pricing Periods:

SOUTHBOUND  
?Peak:  

 

Mon-Fri6 am - 9 am
 Sat12 pm - 2 pm
 Sun2 pm - 5 pm
Off-Peak:  
 Mon-Fri5 am - 6 am / 9 am - 9 pm
 Sat5 am - 12 pm / 2 pm - 9 pm
 Sun5 am - 2 pm / 5 pm - 9 pm  
Overnight:  
 Mon-Sun9 pm-5 am
NORTHBOUND  
?Peak:  

 

Mon-Fri3 pm - 7 pm
 Sat12 pm - 2 pm
 Sun2 pm - 5 pm
Off-Peak:  
 Mon-Fri5 am - 3 pm / 7 pm - 9 pm
 Sat5 am - 12 pm / 2 pm - 9 pm
 Sun5 am - 2 pm / 5 pm - 9 pm  
Overnight:  
 Mon-Sun9 pm-5 am

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Drivers without a valid E-ZPass account will pay a Video Toll Rate to travel the I-95 ETL.  A Notice of Toll Due will be sent to the registered owner of the vehicle for the cost of the Video Toll, which is 1.5 times the E-ZPass toll rates, with a minimum of $1/maximum of $15 above the E-ZPass rates.

MDTA Executive Director Gartner set the I-95 ETL holiday rates for the remainder of 2014, which are available at mdta.maryland.gov.

The I-95 ETL are eight miles (seven tolled) of “through” lanes between White Marsh and Baltimore.  Motorists will be able to access the I-95 ETL from I-95, I-895, MD 43 at I-95 and Moravia Road at I-895.  For a map and simulation video of the I-95 Improvement Project with ETL, including where motorists can enter and exit the ETL, visit mdta.maryland.gov. In addition, the Maryland Transit Administration has two express bus service routes out of White Marsh and three commuter bus routes that will benefit from using the new I-95 ETL.

To sign up for E-ZPass, visit ezpassmd.com to enroll online or get a list of E-ZPass “On the Go” retail locations.  E-ZPass Stop-in Centers are located at local Motor Vehicle Administration offices and are adjacent to Maryland toll plazas.

Dateline for I-95 ETL Opening:

  • Saturday, Dec. 6, by 6 a.m.:  I-95 ETL open between I-895 and MD 43 (weather permitting).
  • Saturday, Dec. 6 – Friday, Dec. 12 at midnight: Test-drive period -- no tolls will be collected.
  • Saturday, Dec. 13, 12:01 a.m.: Toll collection begins.

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