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Date: Jun 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 27, 2013

 

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

               Valerie Burnette Edgar, SHA, 410-545-0303

 

NEW STUDY CONFIRMS ICC TRAVEL TIME SAVINGS AND

 CONGESTION RELIEF ON AREA ROADS

ICC Motorists Saving up to 25 Minutes

BALTIMORE, MD – Since opening between I-370 and I-95 in November 2011, Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 drivers have cut their travel times in half when compared to travel on local east-west routes, according to a study released today by the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) and the State Highway Administration (SHA).  Motorists who continue to travel local routes during peak hours also are experiencing time savings.  According to the ICC Before & After Traffic Study, these motorists have experienced a five to 11 percent reduction in travel times, compared to before the ICC opened.  Along with more consistent travel times, traffic on commuter routes like MD 650, MD 198, MD 28, MD 108 and MD 115 has decreased by five to 10 percent.  

“This report confirms that the ICC is saving time, increasing reliability and reducing delays for those traveling between Montgomery and Prince George’s counties,” said Maryland Transportation Secretary and MDTA Chairman James T. Smith, Jr. “The study confirms the ICC also is succeeding in delivering efficient travel times to local businesses and providing key infrastructure to support future economic growth.”

Within the study area, the percentage of time traveling without congestion during peak morning hours increased from 24 percent before the ICC was built to 46 percent after the ICC was operational.  The evening peak hour traffic went from 20 percent uncongested conditions before the ICC to 42 percent after the ICC opened.

“A trip between I-370 and I-95 on the ICC saves up to 25 minutes compared to driving local routes,” said MDTA Acting Executive Secretary Bruce Gartner.  “Traffic volumes are right in line with our projections.  Each weekday, nearly 40,000 vehicles now travel the ICC between

I-370 and Georgia Avenue and about 30,000 vehicles travel between US 29 and I-95.”

“The ICC is working,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “Travel through communities such as Burtonsville and Colesville is more reliable and dozens of intersections in the corridor are less congested.  One of the goals of the ICC was to divert traffic from overburdened area roads with homes, schools, civic and faith destinations.  We are giving communities back their neighborhoods.”

The study identified the following parallel routes to the ICC, which all experienced an improvement in travel time reliability and reduction in congestion since the ICC’s opening:

·        South Gaithersburg to Laurel: MD 28, to Bel Pre Road, to Bonifant Road, to Good Hope Road, to Briggs Chaney Road. 

·        Rockville to Calverton: Montrose Road, to Randolph Road, to Cherry Hill Road, to MD 212. 

·        South Rockville to Beltsville: Shady Grove Road at Crabbs Branch Way, to MD 115, to MD 28, to MD 198, to US 1.

The three-year before/after study, which began in spring 2010, was performed by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board/Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and is available at mdta.maryland.gov.

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http://www.mdta.maryland.gov/ICC/Saving_Time.html

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 26, 2013

 

Contact:           Cheryl Sparks or Kelly Melhem, 410-537-1017

 

*REMINDER*

NEW TOLL RATES & OTHER CHANGES EFFECTIVE JULY 1

 

BALTIMORE, MD – At 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 1, 2013, new toll rates for all vehicle classes and additional changes take effect at Maryland’s toll facilities.  The new toll rates and other changes were approved by the Maryland Transportation Authority’s (MDTA) Board on Sept. 22, 2011, following a 60-day public comment period and will provide the necessary revenue to pay the debt for rehabilitating MDTA’s aging bridges, tunnels and highways and for constructing additional highway capacity in the Baltimore and Washington regions.

New two-axle toll rates at fixed toll facilities (does not include the Intercounty Connector):

·      E-ZPass® Maryland Discount (commuter) rates:*  $1.40 at the Fort McHenry (I-95) and Baltimore Harbor (I-895) tunnels and the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695); $2.80 (round trip) at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) and Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40); $2.10 (round trip) at the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301); and $2.10 round trip at the Bay Bridge. These rates are 65% off the cash rates. NOTE: Customers whose accounts do not have auto-replenishment will need to check their accounts often to ensure that their accounts are funded, as balances will deplete more quickly.

·      E-ZPass Maryland Standard Plan rates (10% off the cash/base rate): $3.60 at the Fort McHenry and Harbor tunnels and the Key Bridge; $7.20 at the JFK Highway and the Hatem Bridge; and $5.40 at the Bay and Nice bridges.

·      Cash toll rates: $4 at the Fort McHenry and Harbor tunnels and the Key Bridge; $8 at the JFK Highway and Hatem Bridge; $6 at the Bay and Nice bridges.

·      Video toll rates:  $6 at the Fort McHenry and Harbor tunnels and the Key Bridge; $12 at the JFK Highway and Hatem Bridge; $9 at the Bay and Nice bridges.

*Effective July 1, plans for the Bay and Nice bridges are $52.50 for 25 trips.  The Baltimore Regional Plan is $70 for 50 trips (two “trips” are used at the JFK Highway and Hatem Bridge because tolls are collected in one direction). Plans end after 45 days or when all trips are used, whichever comes first.

Additional approved changes effective July 1, 2013:

·         The price of the E-ZPass Hatem Bridge Choice “A” and “B” Plans increases to $20 per year.  The plans are offered for two-axle vehicles only and provide unlimited trips at the Hatem Bridge. 

·         All A-Series tickets for the Hatem Bridge will have expired by this date.  No refunds will be provided.

·         The E-ZPass Bay Bridge Shoppers Discount Plan is $30.  This plan offers a 50% discount for 10 trips that are valid for 90 days, good Sunday through Thursday only.

Additional information, including new toll rates for three or more axle vehicles, is available at mdta.maryland.gov. Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA

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