Richard Morris

Getting There: Proposed toll hikes draw hostile reception

A proposal to impose the largest toll increases in the state's history received a hostile reception from residents Monday night as the Maryland Transportation Authority brought its proposal to Baltimore for public comment.

Several dozen people turned out for the hearing at Digital Harbor High School, though a relative handful signed up to speak. Those who did were almost unanimous in their opposition to the authority's two-phase proposal to raise tolls in October and again in July 2013.

The plan would raise the cash price of a round trip through most of the state's toll facilities to $8 over the next two years.

"It really grinds my gears," said Mike...