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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 19, 2013

 

Contact:          Cheryl M. Sparks

                        410-537-1017

 

MDTA APPROVES TOLLING PLAN FOR

I-95 EXPRESS TOLL LANES SET TO OPEN LATE 2014

 

Toll Rates Set at Lowest End of Approved Tolling Plan

 

BALTIMORE, MD – Based on careful review of input gathered during the September 19 to November 4, 2013, public comment period including three public hearings, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) today announced the approved tolling plan and toll rates for the I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) between I-895 and just north of MD 43 (White Marsh Boulevard) in Northeast Baltimore.

When the ETL open in late 2014, drivers of two-axle vehicles with E-ZPass will pay $1.75 during peak hours, $1.40 during off-peak hours and $0.70 overnight per trip on the new lanes.  The toll schedule is derived from a two-axle peak toll rate of $0.25/mile, off-peak rate of $0.20/mile and overnight rate of $0.10/mile.

“The I-95 Express Toll Lanes will help reduce congestion and will provide a choice to motorists who desire a more reliable travel time,” said MDTA Executive Secretary Bruce Gartner.  “Motorists who choose not to use the ETL will still benefit as the new lanes will remove vehicles from the I-95 general-purpose lanes.  The Express Toll Lanes are part of a comprehensive I-95 Improvement Project focused on enhancing highway safety along this vital economic corridor.”

The approved tolling plan includes mileage rate ranges for two-axle vehicles (passenger vehicles, motorcycles and light trucks) at $0.25 to $0.35 per-mile for peak periods, $0.20 to $0.30 per-mile for off-peak periods and $0.10 to $0.30 per-mile for overnight periods  (NOTE: tolled distance is seven miles).

 

Peak Periods

Southbound

  • Monday - Friday, 6:00 - 9:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

 

Northbound

  • Monday - Friday, 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Overnight Period

Southbound and Northbound
9:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m. Daily

Off-Peak Periods

All other times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The $1.08 billion I-95 Improvement Project includes $756 million in significant highway and safety enhancements and the construction of two new ETL in each direction of I-95, adjacent to the existing four general-purpose (non-tolled) lanes, between I-895 and just north of MD 43 (White Marsh Boulevard).  The I-95 ETL are “through” lanes for drivers traveling to destinations north and south of I-695 (Baltimore Beltway). 

Major I-95 safety upgrades include:

  • reconfigured three major I-95 interchanges (I-895, I-695 and MD 43) to improve traffic operations and enhance safety;
  • eliminated left-hand exits from the general-purpose lanes at the I-695 interchange;
  • modified the traffic pattern on southbound I-95 at I-895, giving priority movement to the majority of motorists who continue along I-95; and
  • replaced two structurally deficient bridges at MD 43.

Motorists will be able to access the ETL from I-95, I-895, MD 43 at I-95 and Moravia Road at I-895.  For a map and video of the I-95 Improvement Project with ETL, including where motorists can enter and exit the ETL, visit mdta.maryland.gov/ETL/Home

Please refer to the final public notice included with this news release for the ETL tolling plan.  Visit mdta.maryland.gov to view the toll rate schedules, public-comment summary and ETL map.  Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 27, 2012

Contact: Cheryl Sparks or Kelly Melhem, 410-537-1017

GOVERNOR O'MALLEY ANNOUNCES I-95/MD 43 RECONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY
Project Adds 400 New Jobs to Maryland

BALTIMORE, MD As part of the I-95 Express Toll LanesSM (ETLsSM), a $142.6 million project to reconstruct the I-95/MD 43 (White Marsh Boulevard) interchange has begun. Work involves widening I-95, replacing the MD 43 bridges over I-95 and linking the future I-95 ETLs with MD 43. The I-95/MD 43 interchange reconstruction is critical to bringing relief along the most congested part of I-95 north of Baltimore and its providing jobs at a critical time for our families and economy, said Governor OMalley. Improving this portion of Marylands infrastructure has not only created 400 new jobs, it will provide Baltimore County residents and MD 43 motorists access to and from the I-95 ETLs, enhancing operations and safety at the interchange for years to come.


The Maryland Transportation Authoritys (MDTA) I-95 ETLs Project is located along eight miles of I-95 from the I-95/I-895 interchange in northeast Baltimore to just north of MD 43. Once complete, motorists will have the choice to travel the general-purpose lanes at no cost as they do today or pay a toll to use the ETLs, which will be managed for relatively congestion-free traffic flow.


These interchange improvements and the ETLs will work together to help alleviate congestion, especially during peak-travel times, and provide more reliable travel times for picking up children, making deliveries or attending meetings, said MDTA Chairman Beverley K. Swaim-Staley. The ETLs will not only benefit those choosing to pay tolls to use these lanes, but also will reduce the number of vehicles in the general-purpose lanes.


When complete, the ETLs can be accessed from the north from just north of MD 43 and at the I-95/MD 43 interchange and from the south at the I-895/Moravia Road interchange, from I-895 south of I-95 and from I-95 south of I-895.


The MDTA awarded the I-95/MD 43 contract to Cherry Hill Construction of Jessup, Md. The $1.03 billion I-95 ETLs project began in 2006 and is scheduled to be complete in 2014. The project has received numerous awards, including a 2011 Achievement Award from the National Partnership for Highway Quality. For additional information, visit I95ExpressTollLanes.com. For statewide travel conditions, visit MD511.org or call 511.