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Tolls go up across Md. on bridges, tunnels, roads

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Tolls have increased bridges, tunnels and other roads in Maryland.

Rates went up Monday at 12:01 a.m.

Passenger cars paying cash to travel the Harbor Tunnel, Fort McHenry Tunnel and the Key Bridge will now pay $4 instead of $3. On the Bay Bridge and Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge, tolls went from $4 to $6. Finally, on I-95 and the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge, tolls went from $6 to $8.

Tolls also increased for people using E-ZPass. Rates went from 75 cents to $1.40 on the Harbor Tunnel, Fort McHenry Tunnel and the Key Bridge. On the Bay Bridge and Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge, tolls went from $1 to $2.10. On I-95 and the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge, tolls went from $1.50 to $2.80.


New Md. law aims to crack down on toll scofflaws

LAUREL, Md. (AP) -- Hundreds of thousands of tolls have gone unpaid on Maryland's Intercounty Connector, but officials hope that a new law will help them crack down on toll scofflaws.

Records obtained by WTOP-FM (http://bit.ly/17yZbkT ) show 862,458 tolls have not been paid since January 2012, costing the state millions of dollars. Documents also show 88,593 drivers with two or more unpaid video tolls.

New laws that go into effect on Monday crack down on drivers who skip out on tolls across Maryland and then fail to pay the bills. The change coincides with toll increases at bridges and tunnels.

Previously, Maryland could only impose administrative fees and turn over unpaid tolls to collections. Now, the Maryland Transportation Authority can flag and eventually suspend the registration once a driver passes $1,000 in tolls due.

Information from: WTOP-FM, http://www.wtop.com


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