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Date: 2013

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 19, 2013

 

Contact:          Cheryl M. Sparks

                        410-537-1017

 

MDTA APPROVES TOLLING PLAN FOR

I-95 EXPRESS TOLL LANES SET TO OPEN LATE 2014

 

Toll Rates Set at Lowest End of Approved Tolling Plan

 

BALTIMORE, MD – Based on careful review of input gathered during the September 19 to November 4, 2013, public comment period including three public hearings, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) today announced the approved tolling plan and toll rates for the I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) between I-895 and just north of MD 43 (White Marsh Boulevard) in Northeast Baltimore.

When the ETL open in late 2014, drivers of two-axle vehicles with E-ZPass will pay $1.75 during peak hours, $1.40 during off-peak hours and $0.70 overnight per trip on the new lanes.  The toll schedule is derived from a two-axle peak toll rate of $0.25/mile, off-peak rate of $0.20/mile and overnight rate of $0.10/mile.

“The I-95 Express Toll Lanes will help reduce congestion and will provide a choice to motorists who desire a more reliable travel time,” said MDTA Executive Secretary Bruce Gartner.  “Motorists who choose not to use the ETL will still benefit as the new lanes will remove vehicles from the I-95 general-purpose lanes.  The Express Toll Lanes are part of a comprehensive I-95 Improvement Project focused on enhancing highway safety along this vital economic corridor.”

The approved tolling plan includes mileage rate ranges for two-axle vehicles (passenger vehicles, motorcycles and light trucks) at $0.25 to $0.35 per-mile for 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

Southbound and Northbound
9:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m. Daily

Off-Peak Periods

All other times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The $1.08 billion I-95 Improvement Project includes $756 million in significant highway and safety enhancements and the construction 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 (White Marsh Boulevard).  The I-95 ETL are “through” lanes for drivers traveling to destinations north and south of I-695 (Baltimore Beltway). 

Major I-95 safety 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.

Motorists will be able to access the ETL from I-95, I-895, MD 43 at I-95 and Moravia Road at I-895.  For a map and video of the I-95 Improvement Project with ETL, including where motorists can enter and exit the ETL, visit mdta.maryland.gov/ETL/Home

Please refer to the final public notice included with this news release for the ETL tolling plan.  Visit mdta.maryland.gov to view the toll rate schedules, public-comment summary and ETL map.  Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 5, 2013

Contact:           Cheryl M. Sparks

                        410-537-1017                             

 

**REVISED - MEETING DATE CHANGE**

MDTA RECOMMENDS ADOPTING I-95 EXPRESS TOLL LANES

TOLLING PLAN PROPOSED IN SEPTEMBER

MDTA Board to Take Final Action on Dec. 19

 

BALTIMORE, MD – Based on careful review of input gathered during the Sept. 19 to Nov. 4, 2013, public comment period and three public hearings, MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) staff today recommended adopting the I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) tolling plan that the MDTA Board proposed on Sept.19. 

The staff-recommended mileage rate ranges for two-axle vehicles (passenger vehicles, motorcycles and light trucks) are $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.) 

The staff recommendation will be reviewed and then considered for adoption by the MDTA Board on Dec.19.  Members of the public are encouraged to attend and provide comments to the Board at the Dec. 19 meeting, which will begin at 9 a.m. at the I-95 ETL Project Office, 8019 Corporate Drive, Suite F, in White Marsh, Md. 

Once the Board approves the tolling plan, the actual ETL toll rates will be set by MDTA’s Executive Secretary Bruce Gartner within the approved mileage rate ranges.  MDTA Chairman James T. Smith, Jr., and Board Members have urged the Executive Secretary to set the rates at the low end of the ranges.

The $1.08 billion I-95 Improvement Project includes $756 million in significant highway and safety enhancements and the construction 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 (White Marsh Boulevard).  The I-95 ETL are “through” lanes for drivers traveling to destinations north and south of I-695/Baltimore Beltway.  The MDTA anticipates opening the I-95 ETL to traffic in late 2014.

Major I-95 safety 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.

The Sept.19 public notice with the specifics on the proposed tolling plan is attached.  Visit mdta.maryland.gov to view the staff recommendation, public-comment summary and ETL map.  Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 25, 2013

Contact:  Cheryl M. Sparks, 410-537-1017       

      

MDTA NAMES BRUCE W. GARTNER

AS EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

 

BALTIMORE, MD – The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) Board has named Bruce W. Gartner to lead the 1,700-employee agency that oversees the State’s eight toll facilities and the E-ZPass Maryland system effective Dec. 11.  Mr. Gartner has been serving a dual role since June 2013 when he was named Acting MDTA Executive Secretary while also serving as Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy and Freight for the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT).

“Bruce has a keen sense of policy development, fiscal responsibility and the legislative process at both the state and federal levels,” said MDTA Chairman and Maryland Transportation Secretary James T. Smith, Jr.  “He never hesitates to roll up his sleeves, put in the long hours and get the job done.  His extensive experience with Maryland’s transportation system will serve our citizens well as the MDTA continues significant investments to preserve and enhance our State’s tunnels, toll roads and signature bridges.”

Mr. Gartner has nearly 24 years of experience in transportation policy management.  Before being named Director of MDOT’s Office of Policy and Governmental Affairs in 2007, he served at the MDTA as its Director of Strategic Development for four years.  Mr. Gartner also served in several other roles at MDOT, including State Legislative Officer and Operating Budget Manager.  Prior to joining MDOT, he worked as the transportation budget analyst for the Maryland General Assembly. 

As MDTA Executive Secretary, Mr. Gartner manages the agency’s daily operations, including the nationally accredited MDTA Police; a $270 million annual operating budget; and $2.2 billion six-year capital program.  He also works with MDTA Board members to establish policy and direction for the agency. 

“I’m incredibly honored to have the trust of the Chairman and Board members and am excited to once again be a full-time part of the MDTA team,” said Mr. Gartner.  “We’re a public-service agency that’s 1,700 strong and doing great things for Maryland. I look forward to building on MDTA’s efforts to improve customer service, safety, efficient travel and financial stewardship.”

A resident of Annapolis, Mr. Gartner graduated from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Science in Public Policy Analysis.

 The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is an independent State agency that   finances, owns and operates the State’s eight toll facilities. The MDTA’s Board members, appointed by the Governor with consent of the State Senate, serve as the agency’s policy-setting and governing body.  Maryland’s Secretary of Transportation serves as MDTA Chairman.
Follow the MDTA at mdta.maryland.gov, twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA .

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 21, 2013

Contact:          Cheryl Sparks or Kelly Melhem

 410-537-1017

 

GOVERNOR O’MALLEY ANNOUNCES $50 MILLION

TO REPLACE NICE BRIDGE OVER POTOMAC RIVER

Funds for design and right of way advance project

to replace 72-year-old, two-lane bridge

 

BALTIMORE, MD – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced that the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) Board has approved an additional $50 million in its final six-year capital program (FY 2014 – FY 2019) to fund initial design and right-of-way acquisition for the project to replace the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301), which connects Charles County, Md., and King George County, Va., across the Potomac River. 

“Together, with the support of local elected officials and federal partners, we are making a significant down payment on a wider, safer and more pedestrian-friendly Nice Bridge,” said Governor O’Malley.  “Southern Maryland residents have long waited for a new bridge, and this $50 million investment brings the new bridge one step closer to reality.  There is more work to be done, but I commend the leadership of U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer and Maryland Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton for working with the State to advance this crucial project.”

The new four-lane bridge will be built parallel to, and north of, the existing bridge.  The new bridge also will have a two-way bicycle / pedestrian path.  The existing bridge will be removed upon completion of the new bridge.  A designated path on each shore will guide bicyclists and pedestrians to the appropriate outside shoulder along US 301.  Currently, 17,900 vehicles cross the bridge each day, with traffic projected to increase to 37,000 vehicles per day by 2030.  The planning phase of the project was completed in fall 2012.

“I’m pleased Governor O’Malley announced today $50 million in funding for design and right-of-way acquisition for the Nice Bridge replacement, which will benefit Southern Maryland residents, businesses, and commuters once completed,” stated Congressman Hoyer. “Improving our infrastructure and ensuring that it is safer and more user-friendly is critically important to spurring economic growth in our communities. I thank the O’Malley-Brown Administration for making the bridge replacement a top priority and look forward to working with the Administration, the Maryland Congressional Delegation, Senator Mac Middleton, and others to see this replacement through to completion.”

“I am immensely grateful for the Transportation Authority’s action to allocate $50 million to the Harry Nice Bridge project,” said Senator Middleton.  “This is one giant step in making the bridge replacement a reality. I will continue to work with the Authority to move this project forward as money becomes available and appreciate that it has been identified as their number one expansion priority.”

With today’s announcement, the MDTA plans to spend $56.1 million between fiscal years 2014-2019 for initial design and the purchase of right of way needed in both Maryland and Virginia for a new Nice Bridge. The initial design work will determine the type of bridge structure and where the bridge’s support piers would be placed in the Potomac River, among other design elements.

Construction of the new bridge is estimated to cost nearly $1 billion.  The project is not currently funded for construction.

Follow the MDTA at mdta.maryland.gov, twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 20, 2013

Contact:          Cheryl M. Sparks or John Sales

 410-537-1017

 

BUSY THANKSGIVING WEEK ANTICIPATED AT MARYLAND’S TOLL FACILITIES

 

 

BALTIMORE, MD -- As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds motorists to travel during off-peak hours, stay alert and Know Before You Go to avoid travel delays.  Based on traffic counts from previous years, Wednesday is expected to be the heaviest travel day, with many travelers also expected to hit the roads Tuesday.

The MDTA anticipates a one percent increase in traffic volumes compared to last year’s Thanksgiving holiday period.  Between Tuesday, Nov. 26, and Sunday, Dec. 1, the MDTA expects more than 2.7 million travelers on its highways, bridges and tunnels:

·         Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) – more than 735,000 vehicles.

·         John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) – more than 682,000 vehicles.

·         William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge (US 50/301) – more than 449,000 vehicles.

·         An additional 852,000 vehicles are projected to travel the Francis Scott Key Bridge
(I-695), the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge
(US 40) and the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301) combined. 

All figures represent traffic volumes in both directions.

The MDTA offers the following tips to help motorists reach their destinations safely:

·         Travel during off-peak hours to avoid significant delays.  For the I-95 corridor, off-peak hours include:

  •          Tuesday and Wednesday -- before 6 a.m. and after 11 p.m.
  •          Thursday through Sunday -- before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m.

·         The Maryland House Travel Plaza along the JFK Highway is closed for redevelopment and is expected to reopen in winter 2014.  The Chesapeake House remains open for fuel and food services.

·         Game Plan for your travels.

  •          Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.  To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.
  •          Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA.
  •          Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions.  Visit baybridge.com to view traffic cameras at the bridge and to sign up for email alerts.
  •          A hands-free device any traveler will love.  Visit ezpassmd.com to enroll on-line and for a list of E-ZPass “On the Go” retail locations.
  •          For current toll rates, visit mdta.maryland.gov and click on Toll Rate Calculator.
  •          Use the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 to get from Gaithersburg to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and cut your travel time in half.

Keeping traffic moving as safely and efficiently as possible is the MDTA’s priority.  The MDTA Police will remain vigilant and target aggressive and impaired drivers, seatbelt violators and criminal activity.  The MDTA Police and Courtesy Patrols will have additional units on duty to respond quickly to incidents and disabled vehicles.  The MDTA also will lift construction-related temporary lane closures at its facilities from Tuesday, Nov. 26, to Monday, Dec. 2.

Reminder:

·         The exit ramp from southbound I-895 to Potee Street (Exit 7) in Baltimore City is closed (24/7) for repairs.

·         Please note that access from I-95 to eastbound and westbound MD 43/White Marsh Boulevard (Exit 67) now comes prior to passing under MD 43 on I-95.

For your safety and the safety of other motorists and emergency personnel:

·         Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-control signals.

·         Devote your full attention to driving – it is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.

·         Law requires that every passenger in a moving vehicle be secured with a seat belt or child safety restraint.

·         Keep a safe following distance to avoid rear-end collisions.

·         Keep your eyes on the road – do not sight-see, especially on bridges.

·         Do not change lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.

·         Make sure your vehicle is “road ready.”

·         If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.

·         Move over when passing an emergency situation.  If you are unable to move over, slow down.  This includes maintenance, police, fire, EMS or any emergency vehicle using visual signals while stopped.

·         Drunk Driving. Over the limit. Under Arrest.

In accordance with the State’s budget-reduction plan, MDTA offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 29, including the E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Centers and Customer Service Center.  Visit ezpassmd.com or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824 to sign up for E-ZPass, update account information or make payments via credit card.  Offices will reopen on Monday, Dec. 2.

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.  Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 10, 2013

Contact:          John Sales

 410-537-1017

ICC REACHES TWO-YEAR MILESTONE NEXT MONTH

MDTA Annual Financial Statement Now Available Online;

ICC Revenue on Target with Projections

BALTIMORE, MD – As the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 approaches its two-year anniversary since opening to I-95, traffic volumes on the ICC/MD 200 are growing at an average rate of 2.6 percent per month, according to the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA).

“The ICC was designed to accommodate expected traffic capacity in 2030 and to provide relatively congestion-free travel with reliable travel times today and for years to come,” said Transportation Secretary and MDTA Chairman James T. Smith, Jr.  “Even though the ICC is still in a ‘ramping up’ period in these early years of operation, average weekday traffic volumes for the ICC have grown approximately 75 percent since opening to I-95, and this year we confirmed the significant travel-time savings with the ICC in a study released in June.”

Between July 2012 and June 2013, more than 17.2 million trips were made on MD 200 with total revenue of $39.59 million, as compared to the projected $39.56 million, according to MDTA’s just-released audited financial data for fiscal year 2013.

“In September, the average weekday traffic on the ICC approached 40,000 vehicles daily,” said MDTA Acting Executive Secretary Bruce Gartner.  “Traffic is slightly lower than projected on the eastern end, and it is significantly higher than projected at the western end connecting to the I-270 business corridor.  We are finding that drivers are making longer trips on the ICC than originally estimated, with more trips being made in the longer western segments.”

Following months of careful deliberation and a detailed engineering study and crash analysis, the MDTA raised the ICC speed limit from 55 mph to 60 mph in late March.  The MDTA anticipates that drivers traveling the ICC from end to end may save approximately 1 ½ minutes of travel time with the speed increase.

In June, the MDTA and Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) released the ICC Before and After Traffic Study.  The study concludes that ICC drivers have cut their travel times in half when compared to travel on local east-west routes.  In addition, motorists traveling local routes during peak hours have experienced a five to 11 percent reduction in travel times, compared to before the ICC opened.  The study confirms that the ICC is saving time, increasing reliability and reducing delays for those traveling between Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

In July, the MDTA released another study analyzing the effects of reducing all ICC toll rates by 25%, 33% and 50%; reducing only off-peak tolls by 50%; and reducing only overnight tolls by 50%.  In each case, while the amount of traffic increases, the reduced toll rates lead to a decrease in revenue despite the traffic growth.

Construction activity is progressing on the fourth and final contract of the ICC, which includes building collector-distributor lanes along I-95 between the ICC and MD 198 and extending the ICC from its current terminus at I-95 to US 1.  This final ICC segment is scheduled to open to traffic in spring 2014.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 27, 2013

Contact:          Cheryl M. Sparks

                        410-537-1017 

NOT PAYING MARYLAND TOLLS BECOMES RISKY BUSINESS
Three Days Left to Pay Outstanding Tolls without Any Fees

BALTIMORE, MD – On Tuesday, Oct. 1, the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) flips the switch on a new Video Toll collection process to help the agency recoup the money owed by drivers who use the State’s toll facilities and choose not to pay.  A new law that took effect on July 1 puts “teeth” into the process the MDTA uses to collect unpaid Video Tolls* and gives motorists an added incentive to make prompt payment.  With Video Tolling, the MDTA uses license plate information to identify registered vehicle owners with the Motor Vehicle Administration and then mails the owner a notice to pay the Video Toll after traveling.

Under the new process, registered vehicle owners receive a Notice of Toll Due (NOTD) for using any of Maryland’s eight toll facilities without paying with cash or E-ZPass®.  The NOTD allows the vehicle owner to pay the Video Toll transaction within 30 days without any penalties or additional fees.

Those who do not pay their Video Toll within 30 days will receive a civil citation and $50 fine for each unpaid Video Toll transaction in addition to the Video Toll amount.  The owner will have the option to pay the citation and fine or contest the citation in District Court.  Failure to pay the citation and fine could lead to non-renewal or suspension of the owner’s vehicle registration and/or referral to Maryland’s Central Collection Unit.

“The ability to flag for non-renewal or suspend the registration of motorists who continue to ignore their bills gives the MDTA the hammer it needs to collect Video Tolls,” said MDTA Deputy Executive Secretary Deb Sharpless. “The MDTA also is assuring motorists who do pay that we are not letting toll violators get away without paying.”

The MDTA has ended the practice of imposing administrative fees on unpaid toll accounts.  Anyone with unpaid tolls will have until Monday, Sept. 30, to pay their toll balances without any administrative fees.

Customers with unpaid Maryland tolls can pay by the following methods:

  • Visit ezpassmd.com;
  • Mail check/money order payable to E-ZPass Maryland to P.O. Box 17600, Baltimore, MD 21297;
  • Call the E-ZPass Maryland Customer Service Center during regular business hours     (7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday – Friday) at 1-888-321-6824;
  • Visit an E-ZPass Maryland Stop-In Center.

The new Video Toll collection process allows the MDTA to enter into reciprocal agreements with other states to strengthen interagency collection of outstanding tolls, as well as allows for the growth of all electronic tolling (AET) in Maryland.

 Learn more about the new Video Toll collection process at ezpassmd.com. *NOTE: Video Toll Rates at all Maryland toll facilities are 150% of the base rate with a minimum of $1/maximum of $15 above the base rate.

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 5, 2013

 

Contact:  1st Sgt. Kevin Ayd, 410-537-7724

 

 

MDTA POLICE OFFICERS INJURED DURING

EARLY MORNING TRAFFIC STOP ON I-95

Officers have been released from the hospital

          

 

BALTIMORE, MD - At approximately 4 a.m., two MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police Officers were conducting a traffic stop on the shoulder of southbound I-95 near Caton Avenue when their patrol vehicle was struck from behind by a Mercury Sable passenger vehicle. 

Thirty-one-year-old Officer Terry Breechen was outside of the vehicle at the time of the collision and was taken to Shock Trauma with minor injuries.  He has since been released.  Twenty-six-year-old Officer Scott Fleming was in the driver's seat and was taken to University Hospital with minor injuries and has since been released. 

The driver of the Mercury Sable, a 33-year-old female, was taken to Shock Trauma with minor injuries and released. 

"The men and women of the MDTA Police are extremely grateful that Officers Breechen and Fleming are going home to their families today," said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Michael T. Kundrat.  "This morning's crash underscores the immense responsibility that each and every one of us has when behind the wheel.  Move Over when passing an emergency situation.  If you're unable to move over, Slow DownIt's the law."

Baltimore resident Officer Terry Breechen is a four-year member of the MDTA Police.  Beltsville resident Officer Scott Fleming is a two-year member of the  MDTA Police.

The investigation continues into the cause of the crash.  Any witnesses should contact the MDTA Police at (410) 537-1200.  

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The Maryland Transportation Authority Police, a nationally accredited force, is the seventh-largest law-enforcement agency in the State, with more than 600 sworn and civilian law-enforcement professionals. MDTA Police officers provide law enforcement at the Authoritys highways, bridges and tunnels; at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 5, 2013

Contact:  Cheryl M. Sparks, 410-537-1017

          

      

MDTA DEDICATES ENGINEERING BUILDING TO LONG-TIME BOARD MEMBER

Woodford Served 22 Years on MDTA Board

 

BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) today dedicated its Engineering Building to long-time and dedicated Board Member and transportation leader Walter E. Woodford, Jr., P.E.  The building is located at the Francis Scott Key Bridge complex off I-695 in Baltimore.

Centreville resident Mr. Woodford was appointed as a Member of the MDTA Board in July 1991.  Prior to his retirement on Jan. 31, 2013, he served 10 Governors and 13 Secretaries of Transportation during his 62 years of helping to shape Marylands transportation infrastructure.  The Board of Public Works approved the building naming at its April 17, 2013, meeting.  Mr. Woodford was able to attend the Board of Public Works meeting prior to his passing on May 22, 2013.  

A Professional Engineer, Mr. Woodford was a former chief engineer and deputy highway administrator for the State Roads Commission, during which he oversaw the six design contracts involved in the construction of the Northeastern Expressway, later named the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway, and played a key role in the construction of the Interstate Highway System in Maryland and parallel Bay Bridge.  Following his State service, Mr. Woodford was vice president of the Rouse Company and was director of engineering for Rouses office of community development.

He also served as an independent consultant, specializing in civil-engineering projects, planning and zoning and traffic and site developments, and was named to the Governors Transportation Task Force, which was commissioned to evaluate funding options to pay for future highway, transit, airport and port projects in Maryland.

During his tenure as Board Member, Mr. Woodford helped the MDTA lead an aggressive plan to preserve its aging toll facilities, enhance customer service and safety, provide financial accountability and ensure the progress of mega projects including the I-95 Express Toll LanesSM, the Intercounty Connector and the Bay Bridge Preservation Project.  He also served as Chairman of the MDTA Board Capital Committee. 

 

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