Some drivers in Maryland will pay less for bridge and tunnel tolls starting in July.
The Maryland Transportation Authority approved seven toll reductions Thursday.
On July 1, the cash rate for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge will drop from $6 to $4; the toll for E-ZPass users will drop from $5.40 to $2.50. The toll rate at the Bay Bridge had increased just two years ago.
"This tax cut will put more than a quarter billion back into the pockets of our beleaguered Maryland taxpayers, and back into our economy," Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said.
Other changes include:
- Eliminating the monthly $1.50 account fee for Maryland E-ZPass users.
- Reducing the commuter rate on the Bay Bridge from $2.10 to $1.40.
- Dropping the round-trip toll rate from $7.20 to $6 for E-ZPass users of the Baltimore Harbor (I-895) and Fort McHenry (I-95) tunnels, the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95).
- E-ZPass users will pay $4.50 round trip for the Governor Harry W. Nice Bridge (US 301).
- Reducing two-axle toll rates for the InterCounty Connector by 3 cents per mile.
- Establishing a 30 percent discount at the Hatem Bridge for E-ZPass users driving three- and four-axle vehicles.