Harris Opposes Toll Hikes

A U.S. congressman from Maryland is fighting to keep toll fees from going up in Maryland. Under a new recommendation the cost for some state tolls might double by the fall. Representative Andy Harris says the proposed hikes are like tax increases for drivers and could hurt middle class residents and area businesses. The proposal would boost the toll for the Bay Bridge from $2.50 to  $5.00 in October, then up to $8.00 in 2013. Harris accused state officials of unfairly going after rural residents’ money and even said Congress should withhold federal funding for transportation from states that do not spend it equally on urban and rural projects. Harris is on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. MTA is proposing a $210-million package of hikes that will affect every toll road, bridge, and tunnel in the state.