Maryland Tolls Quickly Take Center Stage

The Maryland Transportation Authority, the body governing toll bridges and facilities across Maryland, scheduled a special meeting for Thursday, May 7 and voted to reduce tolls at several facilities, including the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, effective July 1.

From coverage on

The MdTA approved a toll reduction for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge from $6 to $4, Melser reported.

The Baltimore E-ZPass discount will change to 25 percent. Melser reported that the MdTA will be removing the $1.50 administration fee for E-ZPass and offer more discounts.

The debate (in advance of the decision) brought comments from both supporters and detractors of the move.

From coverage in the Baltimore Sun:

Transportation officials in Maryland are poised to approve a reduction of tolls on state highways, bridges and tunnels this week — though the move has not been discussed publicly and few details were available Wednesday.

The board of the Maryland Transportation Authority has scheduled a special meeting Thursday to discuss toll-reduction recommendations drafted recently by MdTA staff at the urging of Gov. Larry Hogan, officials said.

The proposal has been less publicized than past plans to increase tolls, though a toll reduction could have implications for the agency’s ability to fund major transportation projects and initiatives, including the planned replacement of the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge that carries U.S. 301 over the Potomac River to Virginia.

Read the Sun article online.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties