Slash in MD Toll Rates Has Little Effect on Revenue

Jan 23, 2017

Chesapeake Bay Bridge
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BALTIMORE (AP) - New figures from Maryland transportation officials say Gov. Larry Hogan's decision to slash toll rates didn't have much impact on the state's bottom line.

The Maryland Department of Transportation says the state collected just $5.1 million less from tolls in 2016 than it did the previous year.

Hogan, a Republican, cut toll rates around the state in 2015, calling it needed tax relief.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Bay Bridge had the biggest drop in toll revenue, collecting $28.1 million less in 2016 than in 2015.

But a 9.4 percent increase in highway traffic meant the state largely made up that difference with tolls collected on other roads, notably the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore.