MD Transportation Authority To Raise Tolls


The Maryland Transportation Authority has given preliminary approval for the first significant hike in toll rates in decades.  They are now in the process of receiving public input on the proposed rates before they go into effect October 1st. 

Among other things, the new proposal would increase tolls on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge from $2.50 to $5.00 this year (and to $8 in 2013).  Tolls on Baltimore’s Harbor Tunnel, Fort McHenry Tunnel and the Key Bridge would go from $2 to $3 one-way.

The funding is needed to make up for decades of inflation since the last major increase, according to the Authority, and to restore the agencie’s ability to keep pace with maintenance, safety and repairs.