FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 19, 2013
Contact: Cheryl M. Sparks
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).
Southbound and Northbound
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.