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Traffic Volume Dips In Intercounty Connector

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) — The first day of toll collections on the new Intercounty Connector has led to a big drop in the number of drivers using the 7-mile stretch of highway.

The Maryland Transportation Authority reports that about 2,100 vehicles traveled the ICC between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Monday. That’s down from about 5,500 a day during peak hours while the toll road was free.

A trip on the ICC costs $1.45 during the morning and afternoon rush hours. It costs less during off-peak and overnight hours.

The 7-mile section between Gaithersburg and Olney opened Feb. 23 for what officials called a “test-drive” period with no tolls.

When the ICC is completed late this year or early next year, it will cover 18.8 miles, connecting Interstate 270 in Gaithersburg with I-95 in Laurel.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. Michael says:

    No kidding.

    Marylanders don’t want to have to pay additional money to drive on a road which we’re already paying for through our tax money. The ICC is a good idea, yes, but charging a toll for a road is just absurd.

    1. dcapettini says:

      You did not pay for this road. The people who use the existing toll bridges and tunnels in Baltimore, across the bay and acroos the Susquehanna did. Our tolls were doubled to pay for your road. In the mean time all your bridges are free.

      1. Michael says:

        Umm yeah, I live in Bel Air and work in Columbia… tolls to and from work. Nice try you tool.

        And YES, tool, the road was paid through tax payer money as well. Research your facts moron.

  2. queenie says:

    Waste of taxpayers money. Boondoogle, corruption & more taxes on roads that should be toll free.

  3. Don says:

    The toll is a insult to drivers

  4. B. D. Howard says:

    I drove it before they began charging. I was also displaced from my home for this project. IT should never have been built, charging a toll is insulting, it will do nothing to relieve congestion on the D.C. beltway (the excuse for building it in the first place) and the only ones who will benefit from it are the most wealthy area residents. What a waste of tax dollars…

  5. James McDonald says:

    And they expected what to happen?

  6. Herman Glimsher says:

    OF COURSE THE NUMBER OF USERS DROPPED………………….HUGE WASTE OF MONEY

  7. Bmore Matt says:

    It will only take 1 year per million spent at this rate. That’s assuming no fees for EZ pass service, no upkeep, no additional officers to patrol. What a deal.

  8. Herman Glimsher says:

    NOW THEY’LL HAVE TO RAISE THE FEES FOR THE BAY BRIDGE AND BALTIMORE TUNNELS TO COVER THE REVENUE LOSS BECAUSE PEOPLE AREN’T USING THIS ICC FIASCO…………..

    WHEN WILL POLITICIANS LEARN?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  9. BeauW says:

    AND…there was plenty of money in the transportation fund ….that is until it was raided during the last couple revenue shortfalls. Get ready for an increase in the gasoline tax!

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