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Tolls on Maryland's Bay Bridge could increase starting Oct. 1.
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Tolls on Maryland's Bay Bridge could increase starting Oct. 1.

Under the plan, cash tolls for cars on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge would go from $2.50 to $5 on October 1 and then to $8 in July of 2013. The fee would be slightly less for E-ZPass users. Meanwhile, one-way cash tolls for the Harbor Tunnel, Fort McHenry Tunnel and the Key Bridge in Baltimore would go from $2 to $3 in October then to $4 in 2013.

The MTA gave preliminary approval to the proposal last week, saying it needs the money for infrastructure repairs.

The first of nine public hearings will be tomorrow evening at 5:30 p.m. at Shady Grove Middle School in Gaithersburg. Others will follow around the state in coming weeks.

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