and other drivers could face higher tolls on several Maryland bridges
as well as higher fuel taxes as transportation officials look for
ways to fund projects.
Maryland confronting one of its worst projected long-term deficits,
efforts to generate new transportation dollars have intensified, The Annapolis Capital reported. Among the proposals: increasing
bridge tolls and fuel taxes.
Sen. E.J. Pipkin, R-Stevensville, told The Washington Times that now is the time for people to let transportation officials
know how they feel about higher tolls.
have to pick up the phone or send e-mails,” Pipkin said. “The more
the public lets the Department of Transportation know about this,
the better off we’ll be.”
Maryland Transportation Authority can put toll hikes into effect
without approval by the General Assembly, Pipkin said. Tax increases
would require legislative action.
to The Capital, enacting new tolls on thoroughfares that
carry lots of out-of-state traffic also is an option.
contact the Maryland Transportation Authority, call toll free 1-866-713-1596
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.