Baltimore bridge tolls climb

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Tolls on Baltimore Harbor bridges and tunnels increased Jan. 1, the first of two toll hikes over the next 18 months. Cash rates for 5-axle vehicles on the JFK Highway (I-95) and the Hatem Memorial Bridge (U.S. 40) went from $30 to $36 on Jan. 1 and will go to $48 on July 1, 2013.

For the Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95 and I-395), Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895) and Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695), the cash toll for 5-axle trucks increased from $12 to $18 on Jan. 1 and goes to $24 on July 1, 2013.

For the Harry W. Nice Bridge (U.S. 301) and William Preston Lane (Bay) Bridge (U.S. 50 and U.S. 301), the cash rate is rising from the previous $15 to $36 by 2013.