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Posted at 6:18 PM ET, 02/ 3/2011

Md. mulls $.75 toll increase

By Katherine Shaver

Tolls on Maryland bridges, highways and tunnels would increase an average of 75 cents statewide under plans being considered by the Maryland Transportation Authority.

Harold M. Bartlett, the authority's acting executive secretary, told a General Assembly committee Wednesday that the timing of any increase hasn't been determined.

Cheryl Sparks, an authority spokeswoman, said the increase is necessary to pay for bonds on construction projects including the $2.56-billion Intercounty Connector and to preserve the state's aging toll facilities.

The state borrowed $1.2 billion in toll-backed bonds to help fund the ICC's construction. Authority officials have said the state traditionally subsidizes construction of new toll facilities by pooling toll revenue statewide.

Toll collections on the ICC are predicted to reach about $60 million annually during the first five years, authority officials have said. During that period, the debt service and operating costs will add up to about $100 million a year.

By Katherine Shaver  | February 3, 2011; 6:18 PM ET
Categories:  Driving, Maryland  | Tags:  Inter-county connector  
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Comments

With every news release, the opening date gets later and the finances get weaker. Or we are told that the construction is so far behind that the noise must be allowed 24/7. All that's missing are the inevitable reports of major cost overruns, the lack of any appreciable decrease in traffic congestion, and the eventual failure of shoddily constructed bridges for this Ehrlich/O'Malley debacle to have reached its full sorry potential.

Posted by: BamBamRubble | February 3, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Tolls are the biggest jokes, how rich has the state of Md. gotten on the Bay Bridge alone, this bridge has paid for itself ten times over. The ICC has paid its workers under union scale and its a state project. Here we have the Obamas Reinvestment Act at work and the workers are not getting the money. Its a big joke that a gallon of gas is over three dollars today and we are making 1980's wages. Minimun Wage is the biggest joke of all, to earned minimum wage is to live in poverty...

Posted by: Frank60 | February 4, 2011 4:18 AM | Report abuse

Tolls are the biggest jokes, how rich has the state of Md. gotten on the Bay Bridge alone, this bridge has paid for itself ten times over. The ICC has paid its workers under union scale and its a state project. Here we have the Obamas Reinvestment Act at work and the workers are not getting the money. Its a big joke that a gallon of gas is over three dollars today and we are making 1980's wages. Minimun Wage is the biggest joke of all, to earned minimum wage is to live in poverty...

Posted by: Frank60 | February 4, 2011 4:19 AM | Report abuse

This should have been done last year instead of the ridiculous fees added to MD's EZ Pass.

Posted by: smirkman | February 4, 2011 7:29 AM | Report abuse

legalize pot and TAX TAX TAX it!!

Posted by: 10bestfan | February 4, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

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