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Date: May 2016


May 24, 2016




More Than 1.9 Million Motorists Anticipated To

Travel Maryland's Toll Facilities


BALTIMORE, MD - As the unofficial start to summer approaches, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds the more than 1.9 million motorists anticipated to travel MDTA roadways this holiday to plan ahead, travel off-peak and put safety first. This total represents a 6% increase in traffic counts compared to last year.

MDTA officials anticipate the following number of vehicles to travel its toll facilities between Friday, May 27, and Monday, May 30:

  • Bay Bridge (US 50/301) - more than 377,000.
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) - more than 487,000.
  • Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) - more than 500,000.

An additional 599,000 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 totals represent traffic in both directions.

The MDTA offers the following travel tips for this holiday weekend and throughout the summer months:

· Travel off-peak when heading to and from the Eastern Shore. The best times to travel the Bay Bridge this weekend include:

  • Thursday/Friday - before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  • Saturday - before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
  • Sunday/Monday - before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

· Spread Your Wings. Plan Ahead!

  • For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at Find us on Facebook at To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit
  • Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions. Visit to view traffic cameras and to sign up for email alerts.
  • E-ZPass Your Summer! Visit 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.

· Consider the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 and I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) in Baltimore during your holiday travels. Visit for toll rates.

Keeping traffic moving as safely and efficiently as possible is the MDTA's priority. The MDTA Police will remain vigilant and target aggressive and impaired drivers, seatbelt violators and criminal activity. Officers will step up seatbelt enforcement during the Click It or Ticket Campaign from May 16 through May 31. Additional MDTA Police patrols will be on the lookout for impaired drivers at the Harbor and Fort McHenry tunnels and the Key Bridge on May 26 and at the Bay Bridge and the Intercounty Connector on May 27. Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.

The MDTA Police and Vehicle Recovery Units will have additional patrols on duty to respond quickly to incidents and disabled vehicles during the holiday weekend. In addition, the MDTA will lift construction-related temporary lane closures at its facilities from 5 a.m. Friday, May 27, to 12 a.m. Tuesday, May 31.

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

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

· Buckle Up! Every Seat. Every Time.

· 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.

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

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

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

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

· Do not tailgate - keep a safe following distance.

· Make sure your vehicle is "road ready."

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

· 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.

The E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Centers and Customer Service Center will be closed on Monday, May 30. Visit or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824.

For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at

The MDTA thanks motorists for partnering with us. Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!




May 12, 2016


Governor Hogan Saves Marylanders

Estimated $345,000 A Year With E-ZPass

E-ZPass Transponder Prices Reduced by $1.50 Each

BALTIMORE, MD - Governor Larry Hogan announced today that he is putting thousands of dollars back into the pockets of hard-working Maryland families and businesses each year with a drop in the cost of E-ZPass Maryland transponders. The transponder price drop is one of 155 fee reductions and eliminations across state government that Governor Hogan announced today, saving Maryland businesses and taxpayers $60 million over the next five years.

"In January, we announced a measure to reduce fees across state government, saving Maryland taxpayers an estimated $71 million. Some parts of that package passed the legislature, but the General Assembly refused to go far enough, leaving it up to our administration to find additional savings that can quickly go into effect without the need for new legislation," said Governor Hogan. "Reducing and eliminating taxes, tolls, and fees not only helps to streamline state government, it has a direct impact on the livelihood of Maryland citizens. This is another step our administration is taking to follow through and do exactly what we said we would do. Our goal is to make it easier to live, work, and retire in our state, and continue to change Maryland for the better."

Effective July 1, 2016, the MDTA will reduce the cost of a standard E-ZPass Maryland transponder from $9 to $7.50. The change also drops the cost of a ready-to-use E-ZPass "On-The-Go" - which includes $25 in pre-paid tolls - from $34 to $32.50. The MDTA sells approximately 230,000 E-ZPass Maryland transponders annually statewide.

"This one change will pump more than a quarter of a million dollars back into our families and economy each year," said Transportation Secretary and Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Chairman Pete K. Rahn.

"The MDTA Board has approved a contract modification that gives us a better cost on transponders. Passing this savings on to our customers was a given," said MDTA Executive Director Milt Chaffee.

E-ZPass Maryland offers drivers time savings, toll discounts and convenience, while reducing vehicle emissions at the state's toll facilities.

Learn more at Get there faster with E-ZPass!