BALTIMORE - It's going to cost more to cross the Baltimore Harbor and travel on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge beginning next week and gas prices are also set to rise.
The latest round of taxes, tolls and fee increases becomes effective on Monday July 1. The new toll rates were approved by the Maryland Transportation Authority's MDTA board on Sept. 22, 2011 after a 60-day public comment period.
Administrators say it will provide the necessary revenue to pay the debt for rehabilitating MDTA's aging bridges-- tunnels and highways and for constructing more highway capacity in the Baltimore and Washington areas.
Tolls are set to increase Monday on several of Maryland's bridges, tunnels and highways.
The tolls are also going up for drivers using e-z pass transponders. Tolls will not increase on the Intercounty Connector, but on the other roads, video tolls, which are issued to drivers who don't pay cash and don't have an E-Z pass are increasing.
The toll hikes also coincide with the arrival of higher gas prices in Maryland after a gas tax increase approved by lawmakers this year.
On Monday we're paying more at the tolls and the pumps.
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