Good news for anyone who uses the Bay Bridge to get back and forth between Maryland's mainland and Eastern Shore. (That just about covers everyone, doesn't it?) Last night, in response to vehement public opposition, the MTA board decided to scale back its proposed toll hike on the bridge.
Plans had been to double the toll from its current rate of $2.50 to $5 on Oct. 1 and bump it up again to $8 in 2013. Now, the toll—which is only collected going eastbound—will increase to $4 in November and $6 in 2013. This rate hike will be the first for the bridge since 1975, and officials say it is necessary to pay for infrastructure upgrades.