Friday, September 16, 2011

Maryland Transportation Authority Scales Back Toll Increase - For Now

BALTIMORE (AP)- The Maryland Transportation Authority board has agreed to scale back a proposed toll hike increase on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge after public outcry.

The board agreed Thursday on a plan to raise the toll to $4 in November and $6 in 2013. It originally proposed increasing the toll to $5 on Oct. 1 and $8 in 2013.

The decision came as the board agreed on revisions to a package of toll increases that were proposed in June. Area residents turned out in droves at public hearings this summer to protest the proposed hikes.

Officials say the increases, the first since 1975, are necessary to maintain toll facilities.

A formal vote on the package is scheduled for Thursday.

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