All Maryland drivers can now get an E-ZPass transponder for free.

Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan made the announcement during a news conference Wednesday morning at the Bay Bridge.

“Starting today, we are permanently eliminating all upfront costs for the E-ZPass,” Hogan announced. “No upfront costs, no monthly costs, no costs at all — and lower tolls for using it.”

Previously, the transponders, which are affixed to drivers windshields and allow cheaper access to toll roads, cost $7.50 for new customers.

Hogan said the Maryland Transportation Authority is permanently eliminating the upfront fee. In addition, the state will provide automatic refunds to anyone who bought a transponder in 2018 and will replace 400,000 older E-ZPass transponders in circulation for free, Hogan said.

The governor said eliminating fees for new customers would result in $6 million in savings over five years. Click here to continue reading…


Credit: Jack Moore | WTOP

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