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Date: 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 22, 2015

Contact: John Sales

410-537-1017

NEW TRUCK TOLL RATES FOR I-895/CHILDS STREET
AND
I-695/BROENING HIGHWAY TURNAROUND JAN. 1

Supports Freight Movement, Port of Baltimore Growth;
Getting Trucks Off Local Community Streets

BALTIMORE, MD - As part of Governor Larry Hogan's Statewide Toll Rollback Plan, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is providing new, lower toll rates for trucks using interstate toll facilities to access the Fairfield, Masonville, Dundalk and Seagirt Marine Terminals.

"Lowering tolls for trucks is not just a win for businesses but also for the residents as well," said Maryland State Senator Johnny Ray Salling. "Over the past year, I have been working on toll relief for this area and will continue to do so over the next several years."

"The lower toll rates are an incentive to encourage drivers to save time by using interstate highways and reduce truck traffic on local community streets," said MDTA Executive Director Milt Chaffee.

Beginning Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, commercial-vehicle drivers with a valid E-ZPass Maryland account and transponder will pay $2 per axle for 3, 4, 5 and 6+ axle vehicles to use the I-895/Childs Street ramps at the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel or the I-695/Broening Highway turnaround at the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

"This is the culmination of several years' worth of collaboration between the State, the trucking industry and the surrounding communities to provide a viable, cost-effective option for trucks currently traveling through local communities to make their deliveries," said Louis Campion, President of the Maryland Motor Truck Association.

"With the Port of Baltimore poised to benefit from major changes in containerized shipping that are on the horizon, the timing of this toll reduction could not be better," said Maryland Port Administration Executive Director James J. White. "We believe this toll reduction will be a great incentive for truck drivers to use interstate roadways to get to their destinations sooner."

The Childs Street exit and entrance ramps are located on I-895 at the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel toll plaza. Currently, trucks on northbound I-895 must first go through the toll plaza and pay the toll before exiting to Childs Street (Exit 9). Trucks must also pay a toll after entering southbound I-895 from Childs Street. Trucks travel local roads through Curtis Bay to avoid the toll. The new lower toll rates will be charged via overhead gantries on the Childs Street ramps.

Currently at the Key Bridge, trucks on the Inner Loop of I-695 that need to access Broening Highway must first pay the toll and collect a toll voucher for the northbound trip. Drivers then take the service road beneath the bridge to the Outer Loop, present the voucher at the toll plaza and exit onto Broening Highway. The same scenario occurs for trucks using Broening Highway to access the Outer Loop. To avoid the toll, trucks travel local roads through Dundalk.

I-895/Childs Street                               I-695/Broening Highway

Toll Reduction Table

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Learn more about the new, lower toll rates at mdta.maryland.gov. For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 17, 2015

 

BAY BRIDGE LIFE CYCLE COST ANALYIS COMPLETE

Study available online at mdta.maryland.gov

 

BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) completed its Bay Bridge Life Cycle Cost Analysis, a two-year study that established when preservation and maintenance will be required throughout the life cycle of both spans and developed options for adding capacity to the existing crossing and approach roadways based on traffic demand and structural conditions. The study limits include the US 50/301 corridor from Rowe Boulevard in Annapolis to the US 50/301 split on the Eastern Shore.

The study developed a traffic forecast; completed traffic analyses; assessed bridge and roadway maintenance needs; developed multiple conceptual options for adding capacity to the existing crossing and approach roadways; and, developed life cycle costs for each bridge/roadway option based on multiple construction time frames.

The study identified deck and superstructure replacement, painting and cable replacement as just some of the preservation needs anticipated for the future, including a timeline for implementing these improvements.

The life cycle analysis confirmed that the existing Bay Bridge spans are in satisfactory condition, and with programmed and anticipated preservation and maintenance, can be maintained safely through 2065.

The Bay Bridge Life Cycle Cost Analysis is available at http://www.mdta.maryland.gov/Capital_Projects/documents/Bay_Bridge_LCCA_Report_12-2015.pdf

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 15, 2015

 

TOLL VIOLATORS MUST PAY NOW TO AVOID

FLAGGING/SUSPENSION OF VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS

 

BALTIMORE, MD – With the Civil Penalty Waiver Program wrapping up Nov. 16, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) began sending final notices this month to the registered owners of approximately 116,000 vehicles with unpaid toll violations and civil penalties.  The notices inform violators they will be referred to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) for non-renewal and suspension of their vehicle registrations if payment is not received in 15 days.  Referrals to the MVA begin Dec. 29.  

“The registered owners of 137,000 vehicles took advantage of the waiver program and the MDTA collected approximately $3 million in tolls, but there is still unpaid toll debt out there,” said MDTA Executive Director Milt Chaffee.  “With the MVA referrals starting this month, some toll violators won’t be able to legally drive their vehicles until they pay their toll debt, civil penalties and other fees.”

In addition, out-of-state registered owners will have their Maryland toll debt referred to Maryland’s Central Collection Unit (CCU) in January.

Customers with unpaid Video Tolls and civil penalties can pay by the following methods:

  • Visit ezpassmd.com (click PAY VIDEO TOLLS).
  • Call the Maryland Video Toll Payment Line at 1-866-320-9995 during regular business hours (7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday – Friday).
  • Visit an E-ZPass Maryland Stop-In Center (locations/hours at ezpassmd.com).
  • Mail check/money order payable to E-ZPass Maryland to P.O. Box 17600,
    Baltimore, MD 21297 (include license plate number with payment).

In 2013, the Maryland General Assembly passed new legislation establishing a civil citation process to help the State collect unpaid Video Tolls.  The ability to flag or suspend the registrations of motorists who continue to ignore their bills – even after ample time to pay – gives the MDTA the tool it needs to collect unpaid Video Tolls. 

With Video Tolling, 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 in 30 days without any penalties or additional fees.

Those who do not pay within 30 days receive a civil citation and $50 penalty for each unpaid Video Toll transaction in addition to the Video Toll amount.  The owner may pay the citation and penalty or contest the citation in District Court.  Motorists who do not pay or contest within 30 days will be referred to the MVA as follows:

  • Less than $1,000 (unpaid tolls and penalties) – Referred for non-renewal flag of vehicle registration.
  • $1,000 or more (unpaid tolls and penalties) – Referred for suspension of vehicle registration.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 2, 2015

       

JERRY JONES NAMED CHIEF OF

MARYLAND TRANSPORTATION

AUTHORITY POLICE

 

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) has named Jerry Jones, a law-enforcement veteran with 27 years of experience, as its new Chief  of Police.

In 1988, Colonel Jones began his career as a Maryland State Police Cadet.  Since that time, he has been a patrol trooper and criminal investigator and has held various supervisory and command positions in the Criminal Investigation Bureau and Field Operations Bureau.  He also served as a barrack commander in Easton and Annapolis, a troop commander for the Eastern Shore and a regional commander for the Eastern Shore, southern Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan area.

Colonel Jones retired from the Maryland State Police as Chief of the Field Operations Bureau, a key member of the command staff responsible for leading a patrol force of nearly 1,000 sworn and civilian staff assigned to 22 barracks throughout Maryland.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to lead the men and women of the MDTA Police as we protect and serve the citizens of Maryland and secure critical transportation assets across the State,” said Colonel Jones.

A lifelong Eastern Shore resident, Colonel Jones holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Management from Johns Hopkins University and is a graduate of its Police Executive Leadership Program.  He served on traffic-safety committees for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association and the Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan, among others.

 

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 MDTA’s highways, bridges and tunnels; at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 1, 2015

Contact:  1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

          

BRING YOUR TOYS FOR TOTS
ON YOUR COMMUTE DEC. 9 - 11

 

BALTIMORE, MD – Join the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police, MDTA staff and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in the national Toys for Tots campaign at the Baltimore harbor crossings.  Since 1990, MDTA employees have collected more than 142,000 toys from customers of the toll facilities and the Port of Baltimore. 

From Wednesday, Dec. 9 – Friday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m. daily, employees will collect new, unwrapped toys at the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry tunnels (I-895, I-95) and the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) in Baltimore, and also at the Bay Bridge (US 50/301), the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40), the Intercounty Connector (MD 200) and the Dundalk Marine Terminal. 

“We are excited about this opportunity for all of the Maryland residents we serve   to donate toys for those less fortunate,” said MDTA Executive Director Milt Chaffee.  “Each year, the men and women of the MDTA look forward to this holiday tradition.”

Toll facility customers who wish to donate toys should use the far-right toll lane and follow directions from Santa, uniformed MDTA police officers or MDTA staff.  (Note: This includes E-ZPass® customers who wish to drop off toys.)  The MDTA Police remind drivers to keep safety in mind as they approach toy drop-off sites.  Toys may be dropped off during scheduled times only.  Toll collectors are unable to accept donations in the toll lanes

Toys collected at the Baltimore-area facilities will be given to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves base in northeast Baltimore for distribution. 

For more information on the MDTA’s collection efforts, visit mdta.maryland.gov. For more on the Toys for Tots program, visit toysfortots.org.  For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA. Find us at facebook.com/TheMDTA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 19, 2015

 

BUSY THANKSGIVING WEEK ANTICIPATED AT MARYLAND’S TOLL FACILITIES

Use I-95 Express Toll Lanes for reliable travel time

 

BALTIMORE, MD -- As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds motorists to travel during off-peak hours, stay alert and plan ahead to avoid travel delays.  Based on traffic counts from previous years, Wednesday is expected to be the heaviest travel day, with many travelers also expected to hit the roads Tuesday.

The MDTA anticipates a 1% increase in traffic volumes compared to last year’s Thanksgiving holiday period.  Between Tuesday, Nov. 24, and Sunday, Nov. 29, the MDTA expects more than 2.7 million travelers on its highways, bridges and tunnels:

·         Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) – more than 708,000 vehicles.

·         John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) – nearly 669,000 vehicles.

·         William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge (US 50/301) – more than 430,000 vehicles.

·         An additional 939,000 vehicles are projected to travel the Francis Scott Key Bridge
(I-695), the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge
(US 40) and the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301) combined. 

All figures represent traffic volumes in both directions.

The MDTA offers the following tips to help motorists reach their destinations safely:

·         Travel during off-peak hours to avoid significant delays.  For the I-95 corridor, off-peak hours include:

  •   Tuesday and Wednesday -- before 6 a.m. and after 11 p.m.
  •   Thursday through Sunday -- before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m.

·         New Lower Toll Rates Effective July 1, 2015. Visit mdta.maryland.gov and click on Toll Rate Calculator.

·         Game Plan for your travels.

  • For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.  Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTATo view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.  Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.
  • Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions.  Visit baybridge.com to view traffic cameras and to sign up for email alerts.
  • Makes Traffic Less Ugly. Visit ezpassmd.com to enroll on-line and for a list of E-ZPass “On the Go” retail locations.
  • Need to rest or fuel up? Stop by the Maryland or Chesapeake House Travel Plazas along I-95 in northeast Maryland.

·         I-95 Now Has a Shortcut - I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) between White Marsh and I-895 in Baltimore. Visit mdta.maryland.gov for toll rates.

Keeping traffic moving as safely and efficiently as possible is the MDTA’s priority this holiday weekend.  The MDTA Police will remain vigilant and target aggressive and impaired drivers, seatbelt violators and criminal activity.  The MDTA Police and Vehicle Recovery Units will have additional patrols on duty to respond quickly to incidents and disabled vehicles.  In addition, the MDTA will lift construction-related temporary lane closures at its facilities from 5 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30.

For your SAFETY and the SAFETY of other motorists and emergency personnel:

·         If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.

·         Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-control signals.

·         Devote your full attention to driving – it is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.

·         State law requires that every passenger in a moving vehicle be secured with a seat belt or child safety restraint.

·         Do not tailgate - keep a safe following distance.

·         Keep your eyes on the road – do not sight-see.

·         Avoid changing lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.

·         Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge.

·         Make sure your vehicle is “road ready.”

·         When contacting a dispatch center, motorists should be prepared to provide:

  •   The location of the emergency;
  •   A call-back telephone number; and
  •   Details of the incident/disabled vehicle or other circumstances.                                    

·         State law requires vehicles to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck using visual signals.  If you are unable to move over, slow down.

·         Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.

The E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Centers and Customer Service Center will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27.  Visit ezpassmd.com or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824.

For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.  Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 9, 2015

  

*REMINDER*

FINAL CHANCE:

ONLY 7 DAYS LEFT FOR TOLL VIOLATORS

TO PAY UP WITHOUT CIVIL PENALTIES

WAIVER PROGRAM ENDS NOV. 16

Customer service phone line open until 8 p.m. M-F thru Nov. 16

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority’s (MDTA) one-month waiver program for toll violators to pay off their toll debt without paying civil penalties officially ends in one week.  Immediately following the waiver period, the MDTA will begin referring toll violators to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) for flagging and suspending vehicle registrations, and toll debt to the Maryland Central Collection Unit (CCU), in accordance with 2013 legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly.

“If Video Tolls remain unpaid after Nov. 16, violators will then be responsible for the toll debt AND civil penalties,” said MDTA Executive Director Milt Chaffee.  “That means we also begin referring violators’ vehicle registrations to the Maryland MVA next month.  As a result, some toll violators won’t be able to legally drive their vehicles until they pay their toll debt, civil penalties and other fees.”

Between now and Nov. 16, 2015, the MDTA will waive civil penalties ($50 per transaction) and cease further enforcement activities for any Video Toll that a customer pays during this period.  This unique waiver program, which began Oct. 16, 2015, will happen only once. 

For those with unpaid tolls, now is the time to take action and put their accounts in good standing.  For those who contested to court but have not been scheduled or appeared in court, their civil penalties will be waived and the court date cancelled if their toll balance is paid in full between now and Nov. 16, 2015, and before their court date (if scheduled).

Customers with unpaid Video Tolls can pay by the following methods:

  • Visit ezpassmd.com (click PAY VIDEO TOLLS).
  • Call the Maryland Video Toll Payment Line at 1-866-320-9995 during regular business hours (7 a.m. - 8 p.m., Monday – Friday).
  • Visit an E-ZPass Maryland Stop-In Center (locations/hours at ezpassmd.com).
  • Mail check/money order payable to E-ZPass Maryland to P.O. Box 17600, Baltimore, MD 21297 (include license plate number with payment).

NOTE: E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Centers and Customer Service Center will be OPEN Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, to assist customers during the Civil Penalties Waiver Program, and will be CLOSED Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.  Offices will re-open on Monday, Nov. 30.  The Stop-in Centers located at the Beltsville, Gaithersburg, and Glen Burnie MVA locations will be closed on both dates.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 15, 2015

  

*REMINDER*

FINAL CHANCE:

WAIVER PROGRAM ALLOWS TOLL VIOLATORS TO PAY THEIR TOLLS WITHOUT CIVIL PENALTIES

Waiver Period Open From Oct. 16 Through Nov. 16

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority’s (MDTA) one month waiver program for toll violators to pay off their toll debt without paying civil penalties officially begins tomorrow.  Between Oct. 16 and Nov. 16, 2015, the MDTA will waive civil penalties ($50 per transaction) and cease further enforcement activities for any pending Video Toll that a customer pays during this period.

For those with unpaid tolls, now is the time to take action and pay up to put their accounts in good standing.  For those who contested to court but have not been scheduled or appeared in court, their civil penalties will be waived and the court date cancelled if their toll balance is paid in full between Oct. 16 and Nov. 16, 2015, and before their court date (if scheduled).

This unique waiver program will happen only once.  Immediately following the one month waiver period, the MDTA will begin referring toll violators to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) for flagging and suspending vehicle registrations, and toll debt to the Maryland Central Collection Unit (CCU) in accordance with 2013 legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly. 

Customers with unpaid Video Tolls can pay by the following methods:

  • Visit ezpassmd.com (click PAY VIDEO TOLLS).
  • Mail check/money order payable to E-ZPass Maryland to P.O. Box 17600, Baltimore, MD 21297 (include license plate number with payment).
  • Call the Maryland Video Toll Payment Line at 1-866-320-9995 during regular business hours (7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday – Friday).
  • Visit an E-ZPass Maryland Stop-In Center (locations/hours at ezpassmd.com).

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 14, 2015

 

THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE!

 MAJOR ROADWORK ON I-95 IN BALTIMORE

ENDING LATE OCTOBER

Entire Project Complete Mid-2016

#i95bmore

BALTIMORE, MD – Major roadwork on I-95 between the Fort McHenry Tunnel and Caton Avenue (Exit 50) in Baltimore will be wrapping up for this season by late October.  The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) wishes to thank motorists for their patience and their flexibility in finding alternative routes, and reporters for getting the word out about this complex project. 

The $64 million Latex Modified Concrete (LMC) resurfacing project is the largest of its kind ever bid in the United States.  The work by G.A. & F.C. Wagman, Inc., of York, Pa. is the first resurfacing project on I-95 south of the tunnel since the bridges were built between 1974-1978.  Throughout the past two construction seasons there were 42 stages of traffic changes – 29 in 2015 alone.

Through extensive outreach, the MDTA alerted drivers of numerous traffic pattern changes, detours and ramp closures.  Reporters kept up with the frequent changes, and thankfully drivers paid attention to the traffic reports, road signs and social media alerts, using alternate routes and slowing down in work zones.

While major roadwork ends in late October, construction activities and off-peak lane or ramp closures may still occur until the entire project is complete in mid-2016. 

Thank you again for making this project a success – a truly collaborative effort!

i95bmore.com and #i95bmore will be phased out after October.  For ongoing and future project information, visit mdta.maryland.gov.  For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.  Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA

Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 9, 2015

 

FINAL CHANCE:
WAIVER PROGRAM ALLOWS TOLL VIOLATORS TO PAY THEIR TOLLS WITHOUT CIVIL PENALTIES

Waiver Period Open From Oct. 16 Through Nov. 16

 

BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is offering a one month waiver program for toll violators to pay off their toll debt without paying civil penalties. Between Oct. 16 and Nov. 16, 2015, the MDTA will waive civil penalties ($50 per transaction) and cease further enforcement activities for any pending Video Toll that a customer pays during this period.

"If you have unpaid tolls, now is the time to take action and pay up to put your account in good standing," said Transportation Secretary and MDTA Chairman Pete K. Rahn.

Tomorrow the MDTA will begin sending waiver-notification letters to the registered owners of approximately 164,500 vehicles at risk for referral to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) for enforcement action as a result of unpaid toll violations and civil penalties. For those who contested to court but have not been scheduled or appeared in court, their civil penalties will be waived and the court date cancelled if their toll balance is paid in full between Oct. 16 and Nov. 16, 2015, and before their court date (if scheduled).

"Before we begin referring toll violators to the MVA for flagging and suspending vehicle registrations, we wanted to give them one last chance to pay off their toll debt with the added incentive of waiving civil penalties," said MDTA Executive Director Milt Chaffee. "This unique waiver program will happen only once."

In 2013, the Maryland General Assembly passed new legislation establishing a civil citation process to help the State collect unpaid Video Tolls. The ability to flag or suspend the registrations of motorists who continue to ignore their bills - even after ample time to pay - gives the MDTA the tool it needs to collect unpaid Video Tolls. Immediately following the waiver period, the MDTA will begin referring toll violators to the MVA for flagging and suspending vehicle registrations, and referring toll debt to the Maryland Central Collection Unit (CCU).

Customers with unpaid Video Tolls can pay by the following methods:

  • Visit ezpassmd.com (click PAY VIDEO TOLLS).
  • Mail check/money order payable to E-ZPass Maryland to P.O. Box 17600, Baltimore, MD 21297 (include license plate number with payment).
  • Call the Maryland Video Toll Payment Line at 1-866-320-9995 during regular business hours (7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Friday).
  • Visit an E-ZPass Maryland Stop-In Center (locations/hours at ezpassmd.com).

 

Additional Information: