The Maryland Transportation Authority voted to increase tolls on major roads and bridges in the area, including raising the cost of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge from $2.50 to $4.00.
In an unanimous vote, the nine-member Maryland Transportation Authority board decided to raise tolls on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge from $2.50 to $4.00 and the Governor Harry Nice Bridge from $3.00 to $4.00. The tolls are slated to leap again to $6.00 in July 2013. Tolls on the Baltimore Key Bridge, Harbor Tunnel and Fort McHenry Tunnel will increase another dollar, then rise to $4.00 in July 2013.
Also beginning November 1, motorists who use the new Intercounty Connector without an E-Z Pass transponder will pay 150 percent of the base toll, which fluctuates depending on the time of day.
State transportation officials say they need the money to repair crumbling infrastructure, finish the full 18 miles of the ICC, and express toll lanes on I-95 near Baltimore.
The new tolls are expected to raise $90 million in their first full year.