Toll Increases for MD Bridges and Tunnels

While some road and bridge tolls haven’t been increased since 1975, this could change drastically in the near future.  Included in the proposed toll increases are the Bay Bridge, the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel, the Fort McHenry Tunnel, the Francis Scott Key Bridge and the John F. Kennedy Highway.  According to the Washington Examiner:

Maryland officials are proposing drastic increases in the amount of tolls drivers pay to use Maryland’s bridges and tunnels starting in October.Tolls on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, which haven’t been increased since 1975, would be doubled Oct. 1, increasing from $2.50 to $5, transportation spokesman Jack Cahalan said.On the Bay Bridge, used for traveling to the Eastern Shore and the Atlantic Ocean beaches, tolls would increase again to $8 in 2013. Regular commuters would see their tolls increase from $1 to $1.50 this year, he said.Among the reasons the Maryland Transportation Authority cited for the increases is the high cost of maintenance. And two transportation projects –the Intercounty Connector in Montgomery County and the widening of Interstate 95 near Baltimore –also necessitate the raises, Cahalan said.

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