Toll takers are going away on a Route 40 bridge in northeastern Maryland.
The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) announced it will begin cashless toll at the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge on Route 40 in Harford and Cecil counties and the Key Bridge in the Baltimore area.
Tolls will be collected viaE-ZPassor Video Tolling. The change will take effect in late October.
Delaware opted for cashless tolling on the recently opened Route 301 toll road in the Middletown area.
“Moving to cashless tolling at the Hatem and Key bridges is just one more example of how Maryland is leading the nation in using technology to reduce congestion,” said Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary and MDTAChairman Pete K. Rahn.
In February 2018, the Maryland Board of Public Works approved two contracts for the MDTA’s next-generation tolling system. These contracts allow for cashless tolling at Maryland toll facilities.
The MDTAplans to convert the Hatem and Key Bridges first because 93 percent of Hatem Bridge customers and 80 percent of Key Bridge customers currently pay withE-ZPass. While the schedule has not yet been finalized, additional Transportation Authority facilities will be converted in the future.
Cashless tolling has been the national trend for more than a decade.Each year, drivers at the Hatem and Key bridges will save $1 million in fuel and 44,000 hours just by not stopping at toll booths.
The MDTAis rolling out cashless tolling in phases. New overhead tolling structures, or gantries, will be installed by September 2019 at the Hatem and Key bridges.
In late October 2019, all tolls at the bridges will start being collected electronically via these gantries; however, drivers will still continue to travel through the existing toll plazas.
In spring 2021, the final work at the Hatem and Key bridges will be completed, including demolition of the existing toll plazas and pavement reconstruction. At that time, motorists will be able to travel at highway speeds with tolls collected electronically by the overhead gantries.
The MDTA’sE-ZPassMaryland outreach team is available to provide freeE-ZPass“On the Go” transponders and to sign up new customers at events. If your business or organization is having an event, please contact the MDTA email@example.com schedule the outreach team.