Truckers will be marking the new year by paying higher tolls in Maryland.
The $6 to $12 bump in tolls on Maryland Transportation Authority highways, bridges and tunnels is part of a two-tiered hike approved in September. Transportation officials say they need to raise about $225 million more by 2014 to keep from defaulting on bond payments.
Starting Sunday, tractor-trailers will pay $24 to cross the Chesapeake Bay bridge and $36 on Interstate 95 and the Hatem Bridge on Route 40.
Cars and other two-axle vehicles saw an increase in November. The authority says it saw November revenue from two-axle vehicles jump 36 percent to $21.7 million when compared to last year.
Both car and truck rates will increase again July 1, 2013.