Maryland proposes toll hikes for trucks

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The Maryland Transportation Authority proposed toll rate changes Monday, Jan. 5, that include toll increases for large trucks and other multi-axle vehicles, along with new charges and increases for E-ZPass customers. Standard and commuter toll rates would stay the same.

The public can comment on the proposal until Jan. 27, and the authority will consider it for final action at its Jan. 29 meeting. If the proposal is approved, the following tolls would increase for vehicles with more than two axles on April 15:

  • $2 to $5 at the Francis Scott Key Bridge and Fort McHenry and Baltimore Harbor tunnels;
  • $4 to $5.50 per trip at the Bay Bridge;
  • $5 to $13 at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway and Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge; and
  • $3 at the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge.
  • On July 1, E-ZPass customers would start paying a $1.50 monthly service charge, and toll violation charges would increase from $15 to $25. Private customers would pay $21 to $40 for new and replacement transponders, instead of the $10 deposit they currently pay.

    “Today’s proposal helps better distribute the costs of operating our system among the different types of vehicles that use our facilities,” says Authority Chairman and Transportation Secretary John D. Porcari.

    Toll revenues go toward a $3.8 billion six-year capital program that includes safety, preservation, customer service and improvement projects, the agency says. The changes are expected to generate about $60 million more a year.