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Pricing recommendations for I-95 express toll lanes approved
The Baltimore Sun ^ | September 19, 2013 | Kevin Rector

Posted on 09/19/2013 7:49:49 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Rush-hour commuters could pay nearly $5 a day in tolls to travel back and forth on a seven-mile stretch of express toll lanes set to open next year along Interstate 95 east and north of Baltimore, according to proposed pricing approved Thursday by the board of the Maryland Transportation Authority.

The new lanes, scheduled to open late next year, would offer a quicker travel option for commuters willing to pay.

The suggested tolls vary by the time of day and the type of vehicle, but a car traveling on the toll lanes during peak hours would pay between 25 cents and 35 cents per mile.

The board's unanimous vote kicks off a nearly seven-week period during which residents and commuters will have a chance to comment online, by mail and at public hearings. The comment period ends Nov. 4.

The board is scheduled to take a final vote Dec. 12 on the recommended tolls. The tolls will be set by MdTA Acting Executive Secretary Bruce Gartner, based on the board's recommendation.

Ragina Averella of AAA Mid-Atlantic welcomed the new lanes.

"They will alleviate congestion and give motorists options," she said. "While nobody is ever really happy about tolls, that being said, there are certainly other transportation options that exist if you choose not to pay those fees."

State officials estimate total daily traffic on the stretch of I-95 will be 178,000 vehicles on weekdays and 172,000 vehicles on weekends when the toll lanes open next year.

(Excerpt) Read more at baltimoresun.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: aaa; baltimore; expresslanes; i95; icc; infrastructure; pricing; tolling; tolls; transportation

1 posted on 09/19/2013 7:49:49 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; Bigg Red; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


2 posted on 09/19/2013 7:51:17 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Major brain damage at UMES, but no property damage!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Time.

to.

Move.

Now.

3 posted on 09/19/2013 7:52:18 PM PDT by Paladin2 (h)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

buck toll roads..

I pay my “toll” at the fuel pump.

we have um here in Minneapolis to. I won’t travel them. They are free to people with 2 or more in the car.

Normally, that’s all you see in that lane.


4 posted on 09/19/2013 7:53:22 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: cableguymn

Eventually they will bump it up to 3 in a car or you pay if they find only 2 in a car are using it.


5 posted on 09/19/2013 7:55:41 PM PDT by funfan
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To: cableguymn

being out here on the left coast I had no idea such things as toll roads still exited.

somehow the term sounds like something from the 1800s.


6 posted on 09/19/2013 7:57:41 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
AAA is a lot like AARP....they believe in big, big govt and don't mind taking handouts....

AAA does not stand up for travelers especially car drivers....they're into pushing cruises and air travel...that's all their mags push....( I am a member..for the car service and occassional map)

7 posted on 09/19/2013 8:07:33 PM PDT by cherry
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To: MeshugeMikey

the main roads going to Seattle has started taking tolls, or at least pretty soon.....I wouldn’t put up with it...I’d take the bus before I’d pay they’re stinking tolls...


8 posted on 09/19/2013 8:09:19 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

In the private sector, greater demand is rewarded with price increases, then greater supply and lowered prices. In the so-called “public” sector, greater demand is summarily punished with higher taxes.


9 posted on 09/19/2013 8:09:51 PM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

It it from long back, actually. But “toll” only means a fee, so it’s not actually outdated. Most roads early on, whether private or public (rare) were toll.

And this is where the “outdated” terminology comes in. “Turnpike” refers directly to the methods to keep people off roads. If you paid the toll, they turned the pike that blocked the way.

I don’t know if all turnpikes today are toll roads, but I just think of the Jersey Turnpike, and that is definitely tolls.


10 posted on 09/19/2013 8:11:44 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: cherry

Im no certain that the Toll is for the Golden Gate Bridge as I never use it...but it may be in the same range as the 7 bucks mentioned in the article.

Top and Middle level management is paid VERY WELL in these instances


11 posted on 09/19/2013 8:12:09 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

$2.50 for seven miles in that part of the country seems pretty reasonable. Less than half, I’m sure, than a lot of the roads around Chicago.


12 posted on 09/19/2013 8:36:18 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It's hard to accept the truth when the lies were exactly what you wanted to hear.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

California has toll roads in the L.A. area. Washington has two toll bridges (SR 520 and Tacoma Narrows) and toll express lanes on SR 167. They are currently building a tunnel under the Seattle waterfront on SR 99 to replace the viaduct. It also will be tolled.


13 posted on 09/19/2013 8:41:25 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Major brain damage at UMES, but no property damage!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Here in NY state, the NYS state Thruway opened it's first section in the 1950’s. Residents approved of the building of the Thruway and it was suppose to become a toll free road in 1996 when the bonds raised to pay for it were paid off. Like anyone should of believed that! Now it's almost $15 to drive from Albany to Buffalo, which isn't even the entire Thruway!
14 posted on 09/19/2013 8:42:40 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: Cyber Liberty

The Illinois Tollway system currently has tolls at roughly 5 cents/mile.


15 posted on 09/19/2013 8:44:43 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Major brain damage at UMES, but no property damage!)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Tolls are not all bad. In most states that have them, the tolls pay for the highway maintenance and improvements without costing the taxpayer. Turnpikes pay for themselves and then some.


16 posted on 09/19/2013 8:45:22 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: MacMattico

I don’t think the thruway was that expensive when I drove that stretch back in 2007.


17 posted on 09/19/2013 8:47:12 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Major brain damage at UMES, but no property damage!)
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To: hinckley buzzard

the tolls pay for the highway maintenance and improvements without costing the taxpayer

well that is a BIG Plus!


18 posted on 09/19/2013 8:55:29 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I see that at their website. Surprises me because there are stretches of freeway that cost a pretty penny to drive back in the ‘70’s when I lived in MI. Not the Ryan or Eisenhower, but farther out. When I look now, everything’s “Illinois Tollway.” I think they were separate systems before.

Compared to the tolls in S. CA, $2.50 for 7 miles seems about right. The rates vary depending on the time of day.


19 posted on 09/19/2013 9:01:47 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It's hard to accept the truth when the lies were exactly what you wanted to hear.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Tolls are not all bad. In most states that have them, the tolls pay for the highway maintenance and improvements without costing the taxpayer. Turnpikes pay for themselves and then some.


so you are saying there is no state gas tax in those states?

darn it, i just drilled a hole in your argument didn’t I?


20 posted on 09/19/2013 9:32:58 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: cableguymn

Your “drill” misses the mark if there are non-toll highways in addition to toll roads. I hope you’re not a Dentist.


21 posted on 09/20/2013 5:46:59 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It's hard to accept the truth when the lies were exactly what you wanted to hear.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

This is Maryland, it still costs the taxpayer. These idiots did the same thing with something they call the Inter County Connector. Too few people use it so they doubled the rates on all the bridges and tunnels.

I drive past this lunacy on I-95 every day. It ain’t gonna get used.


22 posted on 09/20/2013 8:55:26 AM PDT by cyclotic (Hey BSA, NOT IN MY TROOP)
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To: Cyber Liberty

I pay gas tax at the pump for ALL public road ways in the state.

let me know when you need that root canal.


23 posted on 09/20/2013 4:56:44 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: cableguymn

Root canals need rat-tail files. You know that. :^)


24 posted on 09/20/2013 5:02:16 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It's hard to accept the truth when the lies were exactly what you wanted to hear.)
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To: cableguymn
I pay gas tax at the pump for ALL public road ways in the state.

(so do I)

25 posted on 09/20/2013 5:03:21 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It's hard to accept the truth when the lies were exactly what you wanted to hear.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

I was just gonna use a corded drill and a rusty 1/2 bit. That’ll work right?


26 posted on 09/20/2013 6:22:04 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They should charge a ‘living toll’... like $20 a car...

I’d like to see a toll road builder try to get all it’s money back from just one car:
“That’ll be 30 billion dollars Mr Soros. No, don’t try to back up...”


27 posted on 09/20/2013 6:28:50 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: mrsmith
They should charge a ‘living toll’... like $20 a car...

Them toll gantries gotta eat!

I would peronally charge 5c/mile at night, 10c/mile off-peak and 15c/mile peak, so that those lanes would actually move them some cars!

28 posted on 09/20/2013 7:42:34 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Major brain damage at UMES, but no property damage!)
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