Authority board passes toll hike proposal

The Maryland Transportation Authority board has approved a series of toll increases affecting all facilities except for the Intercounty Connector.

Passage of the proposal moves the plan a a series of nine public hearings across the state. It also triggers a 60-day public comment period. The first phase of the proposal would go into effect Oct. 1.

Under the proposal, the cost of a round-trip at the three Baltimore Harbord crossings would go from $4 to $6 round trip in October. (Tolls there are collected in each direction.)

Tolls on the John F. Kennedy Highway and the Hatem Bridge would go from $5 to $6 in October. Tolls on the Bay Bridge would go from $2.50 to $5 then. Tolls on the Nice Bridge, U.S. 301 in Southern Maryland, would go to $5.

A second phase taking effect in July 2013 would take round trip tolls to $8 at all of the facilities.

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