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Date: Jun 2015

For Immediate Release:

June 30, 2015

Contact:
Erin Montgomery - erin.montgomery@maryland.gov
Shareese Churchill - shareese.churchill@maryland.gov

410-974-2316

 

REMINDER: Governor Hogan's Statewide Toll Rollback Takes Effect Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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Marylanders to Save $2.1 Million in First Week

ANNAPOLIS, MD - Tomorrow, tolls for bridges, tunnels and roadways across the state of Maryland will be lowered for the first time in nearly 50 years as part of Governor Larry Hogan's statewide Toll-Tax Rollback Plan. On May 7, Governor Hogan delivered on his promise to roll back Maryland's high toll rates and put money back into the pockets of hard-working Maryland families and businesses. From the Bay, Hatem and Nice bridges to the Harbor Crossings, the JFK Highway, the Intercounty Connector (ICC), and the new I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL), Governor Hogan's toll rollback, which takes effect tomorrow, will save Maryland citizens $270 million over the next five years. In the first week of July alone, Marylanders should save $2.1 million that they can spend on their 4thof July celebrations and summer vacations.

"We're giving Marylanders another reason to celebrate this July 4th as we decrease toll rates across the state," said Governor Hogan. "I was elected to roll back taxes, tolls and fees and I'm pleased to deliver on this promise by putting more than a quarter billion back into the pockets of hardworking Maryland families."

The following toll reductions and changes are effective Wednesday, July 1, 2015:

  • Eliminate the E-ZPass Maryland monthly $1.50 account fee for Maryland addresses and for out-of-state addresses with three or more trips at Maryland toll facilities in the previous statement period.
  • Reduce all Cash, Video, Commuter and Shoppers' toll rates at the Bay Bridge (US 50/301), including a reduction in the two-axle cash rate from $6 to $4 round trip and in the Commuter rate from $2.10 to $1.40.
  • Increase the E-ZPass Maryland discount from 10% to 37.5% at the Bay Bridge - toll drops from $5.40 to $2.50 round trip.
  • Increase the E-ZPass Maryland discount from 10% to 25% for the Baltimore Harbor (I-895) and Fort McHenry (I-95) tunnels, the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) - toll drops from $7.20 to $6 round trip - and for the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301) - toll drops from $5.40 to $4.50 round trip.
  • Reduce two-axle toll rates on the ICC/MD200 and I-95 ETL for all pricing periods by $.03 per mile. This change reduces a two-axle, peak period trip from I-270/I-370 to US 1 on the ICC from $4.40 to $3.86 (E-ZPass), and a two-axle, peak period trip on the I-95 ETL from $1.75 to $1.54 (E-ZPass). Other ICC and I-95 ETL toll rates also will be reduced based on standard multipliers per axle.
  • Establish a 30% discount at the Hatem Bridge for three- and four-axle vehicles with E-ZPass Maryland - three-axle toll drops from $16 to $11.20, while four-axle toll drops from $24 to $16.80.
  • Increase E-ZPass Maryland supplemental rebate program for vehicles with five or more axles by 5 percentage points per trip level.

The following change is effective January 1, 2016:

  • For vehicles using the Childs Street and I-695 turnaround exits at the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel and Key Bridge respectively,E-ZPass Maryland toll rates will decrease to $2 per axle for three- to six-plus-axle vehicles. For example, three-axle vehicles will see a toll reduction from $8 to $6 and four-axle vehicles from $12 to $8.

To take advantage of the new E-ZPass discounts, motorists are urged to sign up for E-ZPass Maryland at ezpassmd.com. The new discounts increase from 10% to a range of 25% to 37.5%.

For a detailed list of toll reductions statewide, visit mdta.maryland.gov.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 25, 2015

Contact: Cheryl Sparks

410-537-1017

 

I-95 EXPRESS TOLL LANE USE ACCELERATES

New Lower Toll Rates Start July 1

 

BALTIMORE, MD - The I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) in northeast Baltimore have experienced accelerated growth in traffic with approximately 3.2 million vehicles traveling on the eight-mile section of roadway since opening in December 2014, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), which finances, operates and maintains the State's eight toll facilities. In May, the average weekday traffic on the I-95 ETL was 24,153 vehicles daily compared to 14,904 vehicles daily in January, a 62% increase.

"More and more motorists are realizing the benefits of using the I-95 ETL," said MDTA Chairman and Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn. "Time is valuable and these express toll lanes deliver a reliable commute motorists can count on."

While it was expected that motorists would take the I-95 ETL during peak hours, many motorists also use the lanes during weekends and weekday off-peak hours. The average weekend traffic in May was 24,355 vehicles daily compared to 14,648 in January.

"The I-95 ETL are carrying more daily traffic on the weekends compared to weekdays," said MDTA Executive Director Bruce W. Gartner. "With backups eased in the general-purpose lanes during peak periods as well, the I-95 ETL are improving the commute for all Marylanders and providing easier access to businesses along the I-95 corridor."

On July 1, 2015, drivers using the I-95 ETL will begin paying lower tolls as part of Governor Larry Hogan's toll rollback plan. Two-axle toll rates on the I-95 ETL for all pricing periods will be reduced by $.03 per mile. This change reduces a two-axle, peak period trip on the entire I-95 ETL from $1.75 to $1.54 (E-ZPass). Other I-95 ETL toll rates also will be reduced based on standard multipliers per axle.

The I-95 ETL are eight miles (seven tolled) of "through" lanes between White Marsh and Baltimore. The I-95 ETL opened on December 6 and drivers were able to 'test drive' the lanes at no charge through December 12. They were built to improve congestion and traffic safety along this busy stretch of I-95 today and for decades to come. Motorists are able to access the I-95 ETL from I-95, I-895, MD 43 at I-95 and Moravia Road at I-895.

The new lanes are part of a comprehensive I-95 Improvement Project focused on enhancing highway safety along this vital economic corridor. Along with providing two new ETL in each direction, the $1.08 billion project also included reconfiguring three major I-95 interchanges (I-895, I-695 and MD 43). Drivers still may see related construction activities throughout the project limits. For a map and simulation video of the I-95 Improvement Project with ETL, including where motorists can enter and exit the ETL, visit mdta.maryland.gov.

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