OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Higher tolls on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge haven’t led to fewer cars and trucks crossing the busy span to the Eastern Shore.

The Daily Times reports there has actually been a slight increase in traffic of 3 percent since the cash toll increased. On Nov. 1, tolls went up from $2.50 per car to $4.

Statistics from the Maryland Transportation Authority show an increase from 2011 when traffic was down for nine of the 12 months.

The $2.50 toll to cross the bridge hadn’t been changed since the 1970s, and the increase drew protests. Transportation officials said the increase was necessary to pay for bridge upkeep amid shortfalls in the state budget.

Some Eastern Shore lawmakers say the toll hike is harmful because it raises the cost of business.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. Aquaholic says:

    You do realize that Nov 1 is cold…so people don’t come across the bridge. Now its getting warmer….so of course it will go up…duh!!! If you compared it to last year you would see the same pattern. The weekenders are not going to stop going to the Ocean because of a toll hike.

  2. Nope says:

    Of course its being used just as much, what else can you do, buy a boat?

  3. meeeeeeeeeeeeee says:

    Yup poor reporting on a common disposition… MD does house Howard County, Gibson Island and Calvet Co, so there is no surprise that people are using it. There will always be a need for the bridge, just think if MD procurement was smart they’d have never had the whole 15yr debacle of repaving the bridge… look this concrete is a lot cheaper let suse it… oh no the bridge is cracking within 2 years after a 5+ yr project… Just think our elected/paid officials that should oversee a big project like the Bay bridge(some peoples only means of getting to work) failed us as they only looked at the bottom line and not the possible consequences and repercussions… Don;t worry the taxpayers will pay for it… IDIOTS!!!!!!~

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