With a toll modernization system coming online next year, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is seeking public comment on a package of tolling options that would provide cost savings for customers. Last week, the MDTA Board voted to seek public comment and hold hearings on the new options.
The public is invited to comment on a new Pay-by-Plate payment option, available by June 2020, which will allow tolls to be automatically billed to credit cards at the same rate that cash customers pay today; new vehicle classifications, available by September 2020, providing lower toll rates for motorcycles and for vehicles towing one- and two-axle trailers, such as those for watercraft or landscaping equipment; and a new 15 percent discount for Video Tolling customers who pay before invoices are mailed, available by December 2020.
Residents can submit comments online at mdta.maryland.gov/TollModernization/Home or attend a public hearing scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 5 at Gaithersburg Middle School at 2 Teachers Way, Gaithersburg. The hearing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.