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Trucks To See Toll Hike In Md. In The New Year

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Truckers will be marking the new year by paying higher tolls in Maryland.

The $6 to $12 bump in tolls on Maryland Transportation Authority highways, bridges and tunnels is part of a two-tiered hike approved in September. Transportation officials say they need to raise about $225 million more by 2014 to keep from defaulting on bond payments.

Starting Sunday, tractor-trailers will pay $24 to cross the Chesapeake Bay bridge and $36 on Interstate 95 and the Hatem Bridge on Route 40.

Cars and other two-axle vehicles saw an increase in November. The authority says it saw November revenue from two-axle vehicles jump 36 percent to $21.7 million when compared to last year.

Both car and truck rates will increase again July 1, 2013.

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

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