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26K Hatem E-ZPass Plans Sold Since February

The Maryland Transportation Authority has sold 26,000 plans exclusive to Hatem Bridge.

About 26,000 people have purchased E-ZPass plans exclusive to Hatem Bridge, the Maryland Transportation Authority said.

Customers who open a plan specific to the before July 1 will save $10 on renewals for the following year, MdTA executive secretary Harold M. Bartlett said in a news release.

The AVI decals will be valid until Sept. 30—after which only cash and E-ZPass transponders will be utilized in the toll lanes on Hatem Bridge. A one-time trip on the bridge is $6 when paying with cash.

A transponder will cost $10 for unlimited trips in the next year.

"I thank our elected officials and community partners who have helped make the transition to E-ZPass more accessible and convenient for our customers," Bartlett said in a release.

The Hatem Bridge is one of three options to cross the in Maryland—along with the Tydings Bridge (Interstate 95) and the Conowingo Dam (U.S. Route 1).

E-ZPass transponders are offered in two options:

  • CHOICE A: an E-ZPass for use on the  only. The annual fee is $10, with no fees, pre-paid toll deposits or account statements. The transponder is free until Jan. 31, 2013, when the price moves to $9 for a new transponder. This option is considered the "AVI equivalent" by the MdTA.
  • CHOICE B: an E-ZPass valid wherever E-ZPass is accepted. This account is $10 per year for  use, and includes a $25 pre-paid balance for use at other toll facilities. It is subject to a transponder charge and a monthly account fee, unless used at least three times the previous month to pay tolls in Maryland. This plan offers a 10 percent discount off the cash rate at Maryland toll plazas. It is considered the more flexible option by the MdTA.

The annual rate for the Hatem Choice A plan goes to $20 on July 1, 2013. For more on the plans, click here.

Transponders can be purchased at stop-in centers. The MdTA advises commuters to utilize the stop-in center along Interstate 95 in Perryville. The JFK I-95 E-ZPass stop-in center is accessible via MD Route 222 at Turnpike Drive. It is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through September.

Plans are available at other stop-in centers, including the one at Hatem Bridge—which officials say is likely to be more crowded than the Interstate 95 facility. 

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TELL US: How are you paying for tolls on the Hatem Bridge? Have you purchased an E-ZPass plan, or do you pay in cash or avoid the bridge altogether? Leave a comment.

denyse June 28, 2012 at 01:15 PM
I posted on an earlier story about my nightmare with Ez-Pass. After it costing me 140.00 in fines plus having to buy a new transponder and spending more then 45 minutes at the office it is still messed up. I am now going to have to take all our transponders with all account numbers and license plate numbers to the office and try to get it straight. They have more then made their money off of me. I bought two on the transponders at the Activity Center that was my first mistake. The people there who where doing the transponders spent most of their time in the big room listening to the band that was playing or gossiping. I had to say excuse me several time to get their attention and then got a dirty look. All I have to say is that...There is the goverment at work for you.
James P. Miller June 28, 2012 at 04:09 PM
What percentage are locals?
Fred Cullum June 28, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Jim, My guess would be no more than 60% are local.
Sean Welsh June 28, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I've asked the MdTA if they would share that info with me. -Sean
Pam Newhart June 28, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I just added plan B to my existing transponder. It was very easy to do online. Now the trick will be to check my account and see if I am charged correctly the first time I use it. I give it a 50-50 chance.
Pam Newhart June 28, 2012 at 06:40 PM
To update my previous comment, we have had EZ pass since the beginning, and have had no issues with it. I just think it will be confusing when I use my transponder for all other tolls in MD, and get charged one way, and then get charged another way at TJHB. Hope it all shakes out.
Sean Welsh June 29, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Even less: http://patch.com/A-vC1C
Sean Welsh June 29, 2012 at 02:01 PM
About 25 percent sold to those in Havre de Grace and Perryville: http://patch.com/A-vC1C
John June 30, 2012 at 11:26 AM
We added the Hatem Bridge plan to an existing EZ Pass account and have had absolutely no problems with it. The statement for it shows we are not charged for the Hatem Bridge crossings, but it also lists the EZ pass charges. WE have used this EZ pass on the Hatem bridge with its plan, and the Fort McHenry, Harbour Tunnels, Pennsylvania and Ohio Turnpikes without any problems. We added just the Hatem Bridge plan to our other vehicle,and also no problems.

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