Starting Feb. 1, drivers will have to pay $9 for Hatem Bridge E-ZPass transponders.
Until then, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is giving the wireless transmitters away free of charge.
The toll-paying devices work exclusively for the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge on US Route 40 and replace the decals that were in use until October 2012.
To get a transponder and more information, visit ezpassmd.com. Drivers can also visit the JFK Highway and Hatem Bridge E-ZPass Stop-In Centers. Service center hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
Plans for the Hatem toll plaza are available for $10 each year for an unlimited number of trips, according to MDTA. As of July 1, the rate will go up to $20 per year. See the MDTA's Hatem Bridge E-ZPass plan page for more information.