Cash tolls could reportedly soon be a thing of the past in Maryland, as the state looks to save money by moving to all electronic tolls at all locations.
Capital News Service reported that Maryland is likely, over time, to move away from cash collections at toll plazas and encouraging the use of EZ-Pass. The state will likely eliminate 218 toll operator positions across the state, CNS said.
The elimination of cash tolling would essentially force drivers to use EZ-Pass. Drivers could pass through using video tolling—in which cameras photograph a car’s license plate and mail a driver the bill—but tolls are 1.5 higher in those cases.
Maryland already has electronic-only tolling in some locations, including the Intercounty Connector and I-95 Express toll lanes. A phase-out of cash tolling will likely begin with the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge in Cecil County and the Francis Scott Key Bridge to the east of Baltimore. Most drivers who cross those bridges already use EZ-Pass.
- Maryland Explores Changing Tolls to Electronic Only (WTOP via Capital News Service)