FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 4, 2014
Contact: Cheryl M. Sparks
NEW I-95 EXPRESS TOLL LANES OPEN SATURDAY, DEC. 6
Test Drive The ETL At No Charge Through Dec. 12
BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds motorists that the I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) in northeast Baltimore will open to traffic by 6 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, weather permitting. Drivers will be able to ‘test drive’ the I-95 ETL at no charge from the opening on Dec. 6 through Dec. 12, helping the MDTA to test the tolling equipment under actual traffic conditions and allowing all drivers an opportunity to become familiar with the I-95 ETL.
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. There may be delays or increased traffic at these locations as drivers become more 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 starting Dec. 13 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.
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 located at local Motor Vehicle Administration offices and 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.
Dateline for I-95 ETL Opening:
- Saturday, Dec. 6, by 6 a.m.: I-95 ETL open between I-895 and MD 43 (weather permitting).
- Saturday, Dec. 6 – Friday, Dec. 12 at midnight: Test-drive period -- no tolls will be collected.
- Saturday, Dec. 13, 12:01 a.m.: Toll collection begins.
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