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The toll plaza at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.(File photo)

Lower Md. tolls begin Wednesday

ANNAPOLIS – Beginning Wednesday, tolls for bridges, tunnels and roadways across Maryland will be lowered for the first time in nearly 50 years as part of Gov. Larry Hogan’s statewide toll-tax rollback plan. On May 7, Hogan delivered on his promise to roll back Maryland’s toll rates and put money back into the pockets of hard-working Maryland families and businesses. From the Bay, Hatem and Nice bridges to the Harbor Crossings, the JFK Highway, the Intercounty Connector and the new I-95 express toll lanes, the rollback is expected to save Maryland citizens $270 million over the next five years. Marylanders could save about $2.1 million over the Independence Day holiday weekend.

“We’re giving Marylanders another reason to celebrate this July 4th as we decrease toll rates across the state,” Hogan said.  “I was elected to roll back taxes, tolls and fees and I’m pleased to deliver on this promise by putting more than a quarter billion back into the pockets of hardworking Maryland families.”

The following toll reductions and changes go into effect today:

The elimination of the E-ZPass Maryland monthly $1.50 account fee for Maryland addresses and for out-of-state addresses with three or more trips at Maryland toll facilities in the previous statement period.

A reduction of all cash, video, commuter and shoppers’ toll rates at the Bay Bridge, including a reduction in the two-axle cash rate from $6 to $4 round trip and in the commuter rate from $2.10 to $1.40.

An increase in the E-ZPass Maryland discount from 10 percent to 37.5 percent at the Bay Bridge – the toll will drop from $5.40 to $2.50 round trip.

An increase in the E-ZPass Maryland discount from 10 percent to 25 percent for the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry tunnels, the Francis Scott Key Bridge, the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway – toll drops from $7.20 to $6 round trip – and for the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge – toll drops from $5.40 to $4.50 round trip.

A reduction in two-axle toll rates on the ICC and I-95 express lanes for all pricing periods by $.03 per mile. This change reduces a two-axle, peak period trip from I-270/I-370 to US 1 on the ICC from $4.40 to $3.86 (E-ZPass), and a two-axle, peak period trip on the I-95 express lanes from $1.75 to $1.54 (E-ZPass). Other ICC and I-95 ETL toll rates also will be reduced based on standard multipliers per axle.

The establish of a 30 percent discount at the Hatem Bridge for three- and four-axle vehicles with E-ZPass Maryland – three-axle toll drops from $16 to $11.20, while four-axle toll drops from $24 to $16.80.

An increase in the E-ZPass Maryland supplemental rebate program for vehicles with five or more axles by 5 percentage points per trip level.