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"Phase 1 South Toll Rate Range Setting Process"

Phase 1 South: American Legion Bridge I-270 to I-370

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) held public hearings on July 12 and July 14 as part of the toll rate range setting process public comment period for proposed High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes within Phase 1 South: American Legion Bridge I-270 to I-370. Elements of the MDTA staff tolling proposal for public comment include: Minimum and Maximum Toll Rate Ranges, Soft Rate Caps, Escalation Factors, and Discounts, and are explained further within the Virtual Information Room.  Written and voicemail comments were accepted during the public comment period from May 20, 2021 through 5 p.m. Thursday, August 12.

In addition to providing testimony, the MDTA provided opportunities for the public to comment on the tolling proposal in the following ways:

  • Submitting an electronic comment form;
  • downloading and emailing a completed comment form to ALB270TollSetting@mdta.maryland.gov;
  • printing and mailing a completed comment form to Phase 1 South: American Legion Bridge I-270 to I-370 Toll Rate Range Public Comment, Maryland Transportation Authority, 2310 Broening Highway, Baltimore, MD 21224; or
  • providing call-in testimony at 855-701-1977 and leaving a single voicemail that is limited to three minutes.

After August 12, comments may still be provided to MDTA via email at ALB270TollSetting@mdta.maryland.gov or US Mail at the mailing address noted above.

The new Recommended Preferred Alternative (RPA) recently identified by the Federal Highway Administration and the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration for the Managed Lanes Study focuses solely on building a new American Legion Bridge and delivering two high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes in each direction on I-270 to I-370. In the RPA, existing general-purpose travel lanes throughout the corridor will be retained and will remain free for use by all motorists. Drivers with less than three occupants in the vehicle would only pay if they choose to use the HOT lanes. HOV3+ will allow carpools, vanpools and other vehicles carrying three or more people to travel faster and more reliably in the new HOT lanes free of charge any time of day. Buses and motorcycles also will be granted free passage on the new HOT lanes, providing opportunities for a faster, more-reliable trip. This alternative would deliver a new American Legion Bridge as the primary link between key economic centers in Maryland and Virginia, and would add a bicycle and pedestrian connection.

ALL COMMENTS received, whether at the hearing or through other methods, will be given EQUAL CONSIDERATION.  Note: Comments received after 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 12 will be considered by the MDTA but will not be part of the official record.  On August 26, 2021, the MDTA staff presented a summary and analysis of comments (available for download, below) received during the public hearing comment period (May 20 to August 12, 2021) to the MDTA Board Members during an open meeting conducted via livestream.  This comment period served as the first of three public comment periods included in the Phase 1 South: American Legion Bridge I-270 to I-370 toll rate range setting process. The public is welcome to watch the MDTA Board Meeting via livestream.

If you are unable to access the hearing materials online, or if you require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or require language translation services (free of charge), please contact the MDTA’s Title VI Officer at mdtaeeo@mdta.maryland.gov or at 410-537-6720.

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