FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 4, 2014

Contact:          Cheryl M. Sparks

                        410-537-1017

 

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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