INCREASES FORMALLY APPROVED FOR MARYLANDTOLL FACILITIES
Phased-in toll increases in 2011, 2012 and 2013; MDTAheldten public hearings in June and July 2011; 60-day public comment period is closed
On September 22, 2011, the MDTA Board approved a revised tolling plan after considering substantial public comments received earlier this summer. The plan is projected to generate approximately $90 million in its first full year to pay significant debt for rehabilitating MDTA’s aging bridges, tunnels and highways and for constructing additional highway capacity in the Baltimore and Washington regions.
It has been years, decades in some cases, since the MDTA raised many of its toll rates. Commuter toll rates were last raised in 1985 for Baltimore toll facilities and in 1983 for the Bay and Nice bridges. Toll rates for passenger vehicles were last raised in 2003 at the Baltimore toll facilities, the Kennedy Highway and the Hatem Bridge and in 2001 at the Nice Bridge. The Bay Bridge toll rate for passenger vehicles is lower now than when the original span opened in 1952, when drivers of passenger cars paid $2.80 round trip, plus $.25 per passenger. Toll rates for vehicles with three or more axles were last raised at all facilities in 2009.
The funds to finance, operate, preserve, maintain, improve and protect Maryland’s eight toll facilities come directly from the tolls that customers pay. The MDTA combines toll revenue from all facilities to pay operating costs and the debt on bonds that are issued to fund major projects. Revenue “pooling” makes the MDTA financially strong with top bond ratings that reduce borrowing costs.
60 Day Public Comment Period
The 60-day public comment period on the Maryland Transportation Authority’s tolling proposal closed at 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. Thank you to the nearly 4,000 citizens and elected officials who submitted comments or provided testimony at one of the 10 public hearings held throughout the State.
Approved changes to the Hatem Bridge AVI Decal program:
The AVI Decal will transition to E-ZPass Hatem Bridge plans by Sept. 30, 2012. Customers may continue to purchase AVI Decals for $10 until August 31, 2012; however, all decals expire on Sept. 30, 2012, if they have not already expired before that date. No refunds will be provided for AVI decals. Effective February 1, 2012, AVI decals will no longer be sold in the toll lanes.
Two E-ZPass Hatem Bridge plans will be available to replace the AVI Decal:
Hatem Bridge-Only Plan will be offered for two-axle vehicles only in which a valid, properly mounted transponder provides unlimited trips for the Hatem Bridge ONLY. No monthly account fees or pre-paid tolls will be required for this plan. This plan begins on February 1, 2012, and costs $10 per year. On July 1, 2013, the price increases to $20 per year. E-ZPass transponders will be provided at no charge for the Hatem Bridge-Only Plan until January 31, 2013.
For existing or new E-ZPass Maryland customers, this plan may be added to individual transponders on an E-ZPass Maryland account. Please note that these accounts are still subject to account and transponder fees and pre-paid toll deposits in addition to the annual plan fee.
Approved changes to the Hatem Bridge A-Series and T-Series Ticket Books:
The existing ticket programs will be phased-out for vehicles with three or more axles.
Sales of T-Series tickets (used for light trailers in conjunction with the AVI Decal) ends on August 31, 2012. Acceptance of T-Series tickets end on September 30, 2012, when AVI decals expire. Prices for T-Series tickets increase by 50% on November 1, 2011, and on April 1, 2012. No refunds will be provided for T-Series tickets.
Sales of A-Series tickets for vehicles with five axles end on December 31, 2011. Prices for A-Series tickets for vehicles with three and four axles increase by 50% on January 1, 2012; July 1, 2012; and January 1, 2013. On May 31, 2013, ticket sales end; all A-Series tickets will have expired by July 1, 2013. No refunds will be provided for A-Series tickets.
The MDTA also approved additional changes effective November 1, 2011:
A 10% discount off the two-axle Cash/Base rate for two-axle vehicles having a valid E-ZPass Maryland account with an operable, properly mounted transponder (except if the transponder already has a discount plan associated with it for that facility).1
Commuter discount rates are now uniform for all fixed toll facilities -- a 75% discount off the Cash/Base toll (effective November 1, 2011) and a 65% discount off the Cash/Base toll (effective July 1, 2013).1
Waive the $1.50 E-ZPass Maryland monthly fee on accounts used to pay three or more tolls in the previous month at MDTA facilities.
For fixed-toll facilities, replace the $3 Notice of Toll Due fee with a Video Toll rate that is 150% of the Cash/Base toll. There is a minimum video surcharge of $1 and a maximum of $15.
For the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200, replace the $3 Notice of Toll Due fee with Video Toll Rate ranges that are 150% of the current toll mileage rate ranges. There is a minimum video surcharge of $1 and a maximum of $15. For additional details.
Modify the Bay Bridge Shoppers Discount Plan to be a 50% discount for 10 trips that are valid for 90 days, good Sunday through Thursday only. The discount plan costs $20 (effective November 1, 2011) and $30 (effective July 1, 2013).
All Cash tolls are now set to whole dollar amounts.1
The MDTA also approved additional changes effective January 1, 2012:
The post-usage discount program, which has been restructured, is limited to vehicles with five or more axles.1 Visit www.mdta.maryland.gov for new post-usage rebate rates.
For three-axle and four-axle vehicles, the multipliers used to set the tolls have been reduced and are reflected in the above tables.1
The supplemental rebate program is modified to apply only to vehicles with five or more axles and is expanded to provide rebates to vehicles making 60 or more trips per month.1 Refer to the website below for the supplemental rebate rates.