Even More Money Back: Governor Hogan Cuts E-Z Pass Fees, Tolls
Governor Larry Hogan has announced that Maryland will permanently eliminate the $7.50 E-Z Pass Maryland transponder fee for all new customers, putting $46 million back into Marylanders’ wallets over the next five years. This is the second time that Governor Hogan has announced a toll rollback for Maryland in just three years. In 2015, the governor announced major toll rollbacks across the state, resulting in $270 million in savings. Prior to 2015, there had been no toll rollbacks for the past 50 years.
“Today, we continue moving forward with a commitment to provide relief for Maryland taxpayers by putting an additional $46 million back into the pockets of hardworking middle-class families, retirees, and small businesses - and back into our growing economy,” said Governor Hogan. “We have now cut taxes, tolls, and fees by over $1.2 billion in the last four years.”
Free transponders will eliminate $6 million in fees and provide new E-Z Pass Maryland customers with $40 million in toll discounts over the next five years. Customers using
E-Z Pass Maryland will save 25 percent or more on Maryland tolls. At the Bay Bridge, the savings increases to 37.5 percent, or $2.50 for an E-Z Pass customer, versus $4.00 using cash.
In addition, the MDTA will replace nearly 400,000 aged transponders that are currently in circulation at no cost to customers. Anyone who bought a transponder in 2018 will be issued a credit of $7.50 as long as the account is registered and in good standing. Customers who bought a transponder this calendar year will see the $7.50 credit on their accounts in the next several weeks.
”Additional E-Z Pass benefits include an enhanced customer experience at toll plazas, time savings when traveling, improved air quality by lowering emissions, and by far, the most efficient toll payment method. The 2015 Toll Roll Back Plan also eliminated the $1.50 monthly account maintenance fee, and in February 2018, the MDTA unveiled its new E-Z Pass Maryland mobile website, providing customers with an easier and more-convenient way to access to their accounts via ezpassmd.com.”