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Maryland recently decided that people who didn’t pay their highway tolls would be at risk of losing their registrations. But they sweetened the deal by offering a brief period of amnesty--and it turns out that some people really needed it.
Time was, avoiding highway tolls in Maryland required nothing more than driving through the E-ZPass lane without a transponder. Then you just had to not freak out when the fines started coming in the mail and remind yourself that the state doesn’t suspend registrations and toll debt doesn’t figure into your credit score. Ah, the good old days.
Hope you’ve been saving up your dimes and quarters: as of July 1, commuters can expect to pay $6 (instead of $4) to cross the Bay Bridge, and $4 (instead of $3) to traverse the Key Bridge, the Harbor Tunnel, or the Fort McHenry Tunnel.
Perhaps anticipating an angry public outcry, the Maryland Transportation Authority points out that commuter tolls haven’t been raised since the early 1980s. The toll increases are a part of a $210 million plan to help shore up existing infrastructure. But they also come at a time when gas prices are rising; this week, the Washington Post reported that Maryland may soon have some of the highest gasoline prices in the country. Time to tune up that bike!
Currently, if you didn’t feel like paying tolls on Maryland highways, you don’t have to. Just drive through the E-Z Pass lane without a transponder. Yeah, you’ll be sent a fine in the mail, but it’s a paper tiger. You’re vehicle’s registration won’t be suspended, and your toll debt will not be figured into your credit score.