BALTIMORE - In preparation for opening the I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) in northeast Baltimore in late 2014, today the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) announced the proposed tolling plan for Maryland's second all electronic toll facility.
The proposed mileage rate ranges vary for peak, off-peak and overnight traffic and set the minimum and maximum per-mile toll rates for travel in the toll lanes. State transportation officials said the lanes will help reduce congestion and are part of a comprehensive I-95 Improvement Project “focused on enhancing highway safety along this vital economic corridor.”
The $1.08 billion I-95 Improvement Project includes $756 million in significant highway and safety enhancements.
In addition, the I-95 Improvement Project consists 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.
Like the Intercounty Connector, the ETL will use all-electronic toll collection with toll rates that vary by time of day. There will be no toll plazas on the ETL. Tolls will be paid at highway speeds using E-ZPass® as vehicles pass beneath overhead tolling structures. The ETL will also use Video Tolling for drivers who do not have E-ZPass.
The proposed mileage rate ranges for two-axle vehicles (passenger vehicles, motorcycles and light trucks) vary from $0.25 to $0.35 per-mile for proposed peak periods, $0.20 to $0.30 per-mile for off-peak periods and $0.10 to $0.30 per-mile for overnight periods along the seven-mile stretch of road.
MDTA staff will be available to address questions at the public hearings. Those wishing to provide testimony to the MDTA Board should attend one of these hearings:
Public comments on the proposed tolling plan (see attached public notice) will be accepted until 5 p.m. Nov. 4. Final action on the tolling plan is set for Dec. 12.
Citizens who have questions about the ETL tolling plan can call 410-537-1000. However, those wishing to have their comments become part of the public record should attend one of the public hearings with the MDTA Board to provide testimony. Those meetings will take place on the following dates:
Those interested in providing input can also submit comments using the website mdta.maryland.gov. Also, people can write to MDTA I-95 Express Toll Lanes Toll Comment, 2310 Broening Highway, Baltimore, MD 21224.
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