Toll rollbacks begin across Maryland

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Just in time for the busy Fourth of July holiday weekend getaway, tolls have dropped significantly. Effective, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, toll rates decreased dramatically at seven toll facilities operated by the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), as well as the all-electronic toll road, the Inter-county Connector, and the I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL). That’s good news for the record-breaking 754,000 Marylanders projected to travel by car for the holiday, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

The E-ZPass discount for Maryland residents crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is increasing to 37.5 percent from the current 10 percent, and the toll rate drops from $5.40 to just $2.50 per round trip. The commuter rate for Maryland residents living on the eastern and western shorelines of the Chesapeake Bay, and enrolled in Bay Bridge Commuter Plan, will drop 33.3 percent, from $2.10 to $1.40, a 70 cent discount. Cash customers crossing the Bay Bridge eastbound in a two-axle vehicle will now pay $4, instead of $6 previously, a discount of $2, or 33.3 percent.

The discount for Maryland E-ZPass account holders will increase from 10 percent to 25 percent for trips along the Harbor Crossings, including the Baltimore Harbor and the Fort McHenry Tunnels, and across the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695), as well as the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95), and the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge. The toll fee drops by $1.20, a price reduction from $7.20 to $6 round trip on those toll facilities. Likewise, the Maryland E-ZPass discount for Maryland

account holders will increase to 25 percent from 10 percent for trips across the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge. That means the round trip toll for the bridge drops by 90 cents at the toll plaza from $5.40 to $4.50.

To take advantage of the new E-ZPass discount, Maryland residents are

encouraged to sign up for a Maryland E-ZPass. The new discounts increase from 10 percent to a range of 25 percent to 37.5 percent, according to the MDTA.