BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Marylanders who want to voice their opinions about the toll hike proposal will get their first opportunity this week.

The Maryland Transportation Authority will hold the first of nine public hearings Thursday in Gaithersburg.

Then on June 13, the agency will hold a public hearing at Digital Harbor High School in Federal Hill.

For a full schedule of public hearings, click here.

Comments (13)
  1. Michael D Lauri says:

    If the people of Baltimore want to make a statement , then just do it. How easy is it to drive through the city and see no one use the tunnels any more nor the key bridge …..if everyone came together your voices would be heard

  2. Eric says:

    Go ahead and I will stay on 95 and pay it just so I don’t have to deal with all the congestion in the city caused by everyone not paying the toll. Besides what you save you will spend in gas and time waiting in traffic downtown

  3. C says:

    MDL, I agree with you that a statement needs to be made and that it can be achieved by avoiding toll roads. Eric I agree with you that time and gas money will be saved by using the toll roads. This creates an immediate user dilemma!

    But, what is being over looked is the root cause. As with other utilities (water, gas, electricity), the knowledge and ability to budget effectively has been overlooked. Budget oversight has fallen short. The actual budget should provide for long- range planning, emergency situations, and the day-to-day expense. It appears that over time the budgeting has shifted from actual budgeting to a stop gap (rob Peter to pay Paul) budgeting. As we all know this type of funding is short-lived and creates the situation we are now experiencing.

    By all means, our statements need to be heard. But let’s not stop there. Let’s participate in creating the solution that will focus on the root cause and correct the apparent lack of planning and fore-thought needed to move us forward. I don’t want to continue on this path of continual hands out (increases) to maintain our basic way of life when over the years of funding we had expected that our payments would also include the maintenance necessary to keep our infrastructure sound.

    There may be some lean years to rectify misappropriations and get everyone to participate but if MDL and Eric are willing to make a stand then perhaps more of us can do the same

  4. Billiam300 says:

    These so-called public hearings are nothing more than “lip-service” provided by your elected officials. Maryland has never had the foresight to plan for anything. The officials elected are nothing more than people who have their own agenda, want to put the state’s money in their pocket (because it’s certainly not going into mine), and find ways to tax, tax, tax saying it’s crucial that this be done to take care of “repairs” to the “infrastructure.” It’s the same “reasoning” that has increased the water bills of thousands of people. These meetings are nothing more than “dog-and-pony” shows to put these officials on a stage, where they can say, “we gave everyone a chance to express their point of view, but in the end, the cost increases were necessary.” Budget the money more effectively – stay out of the funds that have money – those two things would be a good start.

  5. Shawn Theron says:

    $728.00 a year to commute thru the tunnel 5 days a week @ the highest proposed level of $1.40 in 2013. currently it’s $208 a year. a 350% increase. that’s literally highway robbery!

    1. overtaxed says:

      Ask yourself this…have you consistently voted Democratic?

      If “yes”, then go look in the mirror and see who is to blame.

      Public hearings in Maryland are so DEMOCRATS can posture that they “listened” to the people.

      1. JQP says:

        get off the party line and think for yourself…Erlich wouldn’t have done anything dramatically different…

      2. overtaxed says:

        Get off the party line???? This is a one party state, so the complaint line forms to the left.

        Ehrich made sure there was money in the fund for O’Malley to steal.

        Four decades of totaltarian control by Democrats (less the four years of Ehrlich, but still with 75% Democratic lawmakers) has made this state one of the most unfriendly to business and one of the highest taxed states in the Union. What do you think these toll hikes are going to do to the price of goods being shipped?

        A reasonable toll raise would be more paltteable IF the money that was there in the first place was spent on what it was supposed to, which Ehrlich was much more adept at doing, as he proved in the debates last year with O’Malley.

        Think for myself…well, I am doing that now by standing up against the liberal sheeple of this state who consistenly vote Democratic (I suppose those folks are thinking for themselves) because if you are born in Baltimore, you are an automatic Democrat, because Democrats are for the people, right?

        Remember how much they are for the people when these shams of public hearings happen, and they do what they had planned anyway.

  6. RP says:

    If it comes out fo my pocket, its a tax!!!!!!!!! HAHA Thanks OWE MALLEY, you sealed the deal on me selling my house and moving out of the state I have called home since I was born!

  7. tonya says:

    Well first of all how much more money do they want from us and secondly the price isn;t 3.00 its 2.50

  8. Steve says:

    Thank you again to the brain dead sheeple that voted for this clown, your vote was wasted on this blow hard and now you are getting exactly what you asked for. Owe’Malley is going to bankrupt the state and put you in the poor house with his stupid, thoughtless decisions.

  9. John Padden Racine says:

    Personally, I have always believed that tolls are a poor way to tax, at whatever rate. The rationale for tolls has always been that they are a “use” tax, something that is paid by the user according to how much they use the service. However, transportation is so central and vital to all life and commerce that this is nonsensical because the true “users” of the system are not just the operators of the vehicles, but the businesses, the government, and, in fact, all people, who benefit by the work that gets done because people and goods move from place to place. Perhaps this proposed rate hike will be a good thing because it will draw this into clearer focus. I use the Bay Bridge on a regular basis and I know that the $2.50 toll is already high. To raise it within the next few years to $8.00 will be ridiculous. I have analyzed and discussed this issue for many years and come away again and again with the affirmation that I am correct: tolls are not a good way to tax. The costs for maintenance of these roads and bridges should come out of the general fund. Even the idea that the tolls would be ear-marked for maintenance of these roads and bridges has been shown to be fallacious as government after government diverts these funds when necessary anyway. Indeed, even the idea that the tolls bring in additional revenue isn’t true because the cost of administering an additional tax (in the form of toll gates, toll websites, toll collection government personnel, etc.) is more than the cost would be of simply increasing other taxes. Since the cost of the tolls ultimately are paid by the businesses and taxpayers, the net tax receipts are actually lower using tolls than if the general taxes were increased and no tolls collected at all. Only a simpleton would conclude that tolls are a ‘use’ tax. The roads and bridges serve us all every day, whether we ourselves drive on them that day or ever.

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