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New tolls hit northeast Md. hardest

Fort McHenryTour Operations Industry

As a resident of Harford County, I frequently use the Fort McHenry Tunnel to travel up and down the I-95 corridor to visit and do business in Baltimore and points south of the city ("Gas tax, tolls go up Monday," June 29). With the higher tolls now in effect, for me to attend an Orioles game, eat at a restaurant in Federal Hill, shop at The Gallery or visit a tourist attraction such as the Fort McHenry or the Science Center, it will cost me $8 more to travel up and down I-95 to Baltimore while people living in Howard, Prince George's, and Montgomery counties do not have to pay one toll to visit Baltimore.

The citizens of Harford, Cecil, and Eastern Baltimore County are the ones who are most impacted by the toll increases along the I-95 corridor. I didn't mind paying a $1 or $2 to use the tunnel, but paying $8 to use the tunnel is absolutely ridiculous. The toll increase will make me think twice about coming to Baltimore to spend my money at local restaurants, shops and sporting events.

Did our enlightened state leaders in Annapolis ever think about the financial impact toll increases would have on residents in the northeastern part of the state? I guess that is how the state legislature punishes the citizens of counties that tend to vote Republican.

Carolyn Dickerson, Forest Hill

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