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Date: Sep 2013

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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