FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 5, 2013
Contact: Cheryl M. Sparks
**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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