M-TAG use is extended to tolls in 6 other states

Md. joins regional system

electronic lanes added to Kennedy plaza

October 16, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Maryland motorists who use the M-TAG electronic toll collection system can now pass more quickly through New Jersey, New York and four other states.

The Maryland electronic toll system has been connected to the E-ZPass system used by 7 million customers in six other states, officials said yesterday.

M-TAG customers receive a transponder mounted either inside a windshield or on a license plate frame. Tolls are automatically deducted from a pre-paid account -- which can be replenished by credit card -- when drivers pass through specially marked lanes.

Now, Maryland's 75,000 M-TAG accounts can be used in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and West Virginia. Likewise, E-ZPass customers in those states can now use Maryland's electronic system.

In other changes, M-TAG lanes have been added to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway toll plaza on Interstate 95 in Perryville. Electronic lanes were already available at both harbor tunnels and the Francis Scott Key Bridge, and are planned for the Bay Bridge and the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge along U.S. 301 by the end of the year.

M-TAG customers also can pre-purchase toll fees that do not expire. Previously, the only option was for commuters to spend $20 for 50 tunnel or bridge crossings, which were good for 60 days.

The electronic system has also been expanded to include vehicles with more than two axles.

Information on the program is available by calling 1-888-321-6824 or at www.m-tag.com.

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