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Public Hearings Begin On Maryland Toll Increases

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