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Md. opens new E-ZPass offices

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With the first segment of the Intercounty Connector scheduled to open late this year or early next year, the state of Maryland has opened E-ZPass offices at either end of the new toll road.

The new offices are located in the MVA's Gaithersbug and Beltsville branch office, Hours be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday throughFriday.

The ICC will be the first Maryland toll facility to operate entirely without tollbooths. Tolls will be collected either with E-ZPass or by cameras that will record license plates of vehicles that use the highway. Motorists who don't have E-ZPass will be charged a service fee to cover the cost of billing.

The first segment of the $2.5 billion ICC, from Shady Grove to Georgia Avenue in Montgomery County, is scheduled to open either in late December or early January. The segment between Interstate 95 and Georgia Avenue is expected to open either in late 2011 or early 2012,

The Beltsville MVA office is at 11760 Baltimore Avenue. The Gaithersburg office is at 15 Metropolitan Grove Road.

-- The Baltimore Sun

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Git'R Done!

Posted by: 10bestfan | October 4, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

First, I'd like to know if it's true you won't be able to use the ICC at all unless you have an EZ pass transponder. Second, I'd like to know if any jurisdictions use transponders to issue speeding tickets. Why bother with a camera when you can map time and distance point to point?

Posted by: knewton1 | October 4, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Knewton: the article makes it pretty clear that you need an EZPass:

"The ICC will be the first Maryland toll facility to operate entirely without tollbooths. Tolls will be collected either with E-ZPass or by cameras that will record license plates of vehicles that use the highway. Motorists who don't have E-ZPass will be charged a service fee to cover the cost of billing."

The fee to go through without an EZPass tag, as reported before, will apparently be $3 - not too steep, but the tag is only $1.50 per month, so it's worth getting if you plan to use the road much.

http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=91420&catid=189


Second, I don't believe there have been any reports of tickets given for speeding with EZPass. The only documented situation is going too fast through the low-speed tollbooth, not long distance over the highway portion. Delaware, in fact, recently passed a law forbidding it, if it wasn't clear. It's also not allowed in PA. There may or may not be a specific prohibition in MD, but EZP has said they aren't issuing citations for areas outside of tollbooths.

http://www.snopes.com/autos/law/ezpass.asp

Posted by: Chris737 | October 4, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

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