Md. Lawmaker Says ICC Is Underused, Calls for Reduction in Tolls

Mont. Co. says ICC is underused, recommends halving the $8 daily toll

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    A Maryland lawmaker is calling on the state to reduce the tolls charged to use the Intercounty Connector.

    Montgomery County Councilman Phil Andrews says the ICC is underused, but cutting the cost would put more cars on the highway that links Laurel and Gaithersburg.

    ICC Noise

    [DC] ICC Noise
    Derrick Ward reports that neighbors are worried about the traffic noise from the Intercounty Connector. (Published Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011)

    Drivers pay $8 per day for a round-trip rush-hour commute on the ICC. Andrews says that rate is among the highest in the nation. The ICC began charging a toll one year ago Wednesday, following a free trial period.

    "I would propose at least a trial period of several months, if not, a year when the tolls would be... cut in half, in hopes of doubling the traffic, which would produce the same amount of revenue but twice the [usage]," Andrews said.

    Driving the Newly Opened ICC

    [DC] ICC Opens Tuesday
    After decades of controversy and construction, the full length of the Intercounty Connector is now open. The newest and final section, which runs between Georgia Avenue and I-95 in Laurel, opened early this morning...several hours before the advertised 6 A.M. opening. It completes the nearly 18 mile all electronic toll road between I-270 in Gaithersburg and I-95 in Laurel. It will cost you 25 cents a mile to drive the road during peak hours, or 4-dollars to travel the entire length. But until December 5th you can test drive the road for free. News Four's Tracee Wilkins checks out the new road in this video. (Published Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011)

    The decision, though, is up to the Maryland Transportation Authority, whose members are appointed by Gov. Martin O'Malley.

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