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Toll hikes start today

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

If commuting using Maryland bridges is part of your daily routine, the changes you’ve been expecting to hit begin today. The toll hike phase-in begins today, with another hike set to take effect in a couple of years.

But for today and starting today the Chesapeake Bay Bridge will be compelled to fork over another $1.50 as the toll jumps from $2.50 to $4 – the first hike in 40-ish years. Commuters on the Bay Bridge will pay the same $1 until July 2013 when a 110% increase is scheduled to take the toll to $2.10. The Nice Memorial Bridge jumps a buck to $4 for convention tolls and the EZ Pass rate goes from $.60 to $1 for commuters.
The cash rates will go up again in July 2013 for the Bay Bridge and the Nice Memorial.
The Intercounty Connector is exempt from these changes, but the $3 fee for non-EZ Pass commuters will switch over to a different name, the state-wide “video toll rate,” which will be calculated as 150% of the base toll plus a surcharge based on vehicle type.
Baltimore area cash tolls will also increase.

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