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"Phase 1 South Toll Rate Range Setting Process"

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

Public Participation

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) held public hearings 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. Written and voicemail comments were accepted during the public comment period from May 20, 2021 through 5 p.m. Thursday, August 12.

The MDTA held two in-person testimony hearing sessions from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 12, at the Hilton Washington D.C./Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center in Rockville. Two call-in testimony hearing sessions were held from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14.

The in-person testimony public hearing sessions on July 12 in Rockville provided for verbal public testimony for the record and were livestreamed. For those who wished, one-on-one testimony was presented via court reporter in a separate area. Limited printed copies of the informational boards presented in the Virtual Information Room were available. All MDTA staff and participants at the in-person hearing were required to follow CDC guidance with regards to COVID-19 precautions. During the sessions, a limited number of registrants were allowed, socially distanced, in the testimony room. Observers and others in the queue to present testimony were required to wait in a designated space to allow social distancing within the building.

The July 14 call-in testimony public hearing sessions allowed an opportunity for verbal public testimony via telephone (advanced registration was required to be admitted to the phone queue) and were livestreamed. The public was allowed to provide one-on-one testimony during the call-in hearing sessions, by calling 855-701-1977 and leaving a single voicemail message limited to three minutes.

Listen to the public hearing livestreams here (mp4):

View the public hearing testimony transcripts here (PDF):

In addition to listening to public testimony at the hearings, the MDTA received public comment via comment forms (electronic and hard copy), email at ALB270TollSetting@mdta.maryland.gov, and U.S. Mail at 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. A call-in testimony voicemail line was also available during the public comment period 24/7 where the public could call and leave a single voicemail limited to three minutes. 

On August 26, 2021, the MDTA staff presented a summary and analysis of comments 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 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.


Ways to Comment

We want to hear from you!

There are many ways for you to comment on the toll rate range setting process for Phase 1 South: American Legion Bridge I-270 to I-370. Written comments and call-in testimony through voicemail were accepted for the official record through 5 p.m. Thursday, August 12.  However, comments may still be provided to MDTA after August 12 via email at ALB270TollSetting@mdta.maryland.gov or U.S. Mail at 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. 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. 

At the September 30, 2021 MDTA Board Meeting, the MDTA staff could present the recommended action (recommended toll rate ranges) for Phase 1 South: American Legion Bridge I-270 to I-370 to the MDTA Board Members and request approval to seek public comment on the recommendation.  An approval vote would begin the second public comment period of at least 10 business days. If the second public comment period opens on September 30, the MDTA would accept written comments on the recommended Phase 1 South: American Legion Bridge I-270 to I-370 toll rate ranges for the official record until 5 p.m. October 14, 2021, which is 10 business days after the September 30 Board Meeting.  This would serve as the second public comment period associated with 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.

Once a second public comment period concludes, the MDTA Board would consider a final toll rate range recommendation from staff at an MDTA Board meeting in fall 2021.  During the fall 2021 meeting, the MDTA staff would present a summary and analysis of any public comments received during the second public comment period to the MDTA Board Members, and the comment summary and analysis would be posted to this webpage.  During this meeting, the MDTA Board would vote on the final recommended toll rate ranges for Phase 1 South: American Legion Bridge I-270 to I-370. Before the Board could vote, the public would be provided a third opportunity to provide comment on the toll rate ranges for Phase 1 South: American Legion Bridge I-270 to I-370 during the MDTA Board Meeting. Pre-registration is required to comment during the MDTA Board Meeting. Click here for MDTA Board Meeting registration details.

ALL COMMENTS received, whether at the hearing or through other methods, will be given EQUAL CONSIDERATION.

 

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