2015 Maryland HB 15, introduced by Delegate McConkey, proposes to require the Maryland Transportation Authority to make all but one toll booth, each direction, electronic toll collection. In short, EZ Pass only lanes for all but one cash only lane.
This bill, introduced in a prior session, received an unfavorable report in 2014.
The fiscal and policy note states the reviewers cannot assess the fiscal impact:
State Fiscal Effect: MDTA advises that conversion to ORT with a cash lane is a more costly design option than AET due to the need for toll collectors and other structural considerations (such as the need for a long merge area for slow-moving cash customers to merge with ORT customers who are at speed). MDTA has not developed proposals for a cash lane, so it cannot quantify the cost differential. Given the bill’s July 1, 2024 deadline and the absence of any plans or funding in the current six-year CTP, any additional costs would not be incurred until well beyond the scope of this fiscal and policy note.
This bill is likely to be of interest to people who do not have EZ Pass and those who