From the office of Del. Kathy Szeliga:
The leadership in Maryland is getting ready to raise the tolls we pay along the highways in Maryland. The proposed increases were made public last week.
I am opposed to increasing tolls in Maryland.
To see what the State is proposing, you can go to this link:
Many of you commute through one of the tunnels or you use the Fort McHenry Tunnel to go downtown to an Orioles or Ravens game or downtown for fun. The current cash rate is $2.00 each way/$4.00 round trip. If the toll increases pass, the phased in cash rate will be $4.00 each way/$8.00 round trip!! The commuter rates will more than triple for passenger vehicles when fully phased in.
The MDTA has information on their website with details on increases, comment period and who to contact:
I have already sent my letter to the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation urging her to not raise our tolls. Following is an overview of the letter I sent to MDOT Secretary Swaim-Staley:
“On behalf of the citizens of Maryland’s 7th Legislative District, I would like to express my strongest opposition to the toll increases proposed last week. …. I will work with you to find solutions to funding our roads and highways without raising fees and taxes. …. Marylanders simply cannot afford to pay additional fees and taxes today.”
What can you do?
Click on the link below and submit your comments. It only takes a few minutes:
Please do not delay.
You can also attend a hearing listed on the MDTA link above.
Even if you do not use any of the toll facilities in Maryland, the cost of goods will go up for everyone. Commercial vehicles that deliver your goods and services will have to pass these additional costs on to consumers. Businesses are running on a lean mean budget today and there is not room to absorb these additional fees. You and I will pay them either directly or indirectly.
Thanks for staying involved!
Delegate Kathy Szeliga