FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 11, 2014
Contact: Cheryl M. Sparks
REMINDER FOR I-95 EXPRESS TOLL LANES:
TOLLS BEGIN SATURDAY, DEC. 13
Test Drive The ETL At No Charge Through Dec. 12
BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds motorists that toll collection on the I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) in northeast Baltimore will begin 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Drivers are still able to ‘test drive’ the I-95 ETL at no charge through Friday, Dec. 12.
When toll collection begins Dec. 13, the I-95 ETL will provide motorists with a convenient choice for reliable travel when they need it most. Drivers are most likely to use the I-95 ETL during rush hours, holidays and major traffic incidents that cause congestion and delays in the general-travel lanes.
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. Delays or increased traffic may continue at these locations as drivers become accustomed to the new lanes and signage. The new lanes are part of a comprehensive I-95 Improvement Project focused on enhancing highway safety along this vital economic corridor.
Like the Intercounty Connector/MD 200, there are 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 starting Dec. 13. For all toll rates and pricing periods, visit mdta.maryland.gov.
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.
Get there faster with E-ZPass and the I-95 ETL! Visit ezpassmd.com to enroll online or get a list of E-ZPass “On the Go” retail locations. E-ZPass Stop-in Centers are adjacent to Maryland toll plazas.
For a map and simulation video of the I-95 ETL, including where motorists can enter and exit the ETL, visit mdta.maryland.gov.
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