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Ridership dips on the ICC

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Capital Land,Ben Giles

No worries about traffic congestion on the InterCounty Connector today. Maryland’s newest highway saw a large drop in the number of vehicles traveling the road on the first day of toll collections.

According to the Maryland Transportation Authority, about 2,100 vehicles traveled the ICC, also known as Md. 200, between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Monday, considered the peak traffic time for morning rush hour. During the test drive period, when drivers could zip down the highway free of charge, about 5,500 vehicles were on the road during that same time.

Tollbooths began collection at 12:01 a.m. today. The ICC is the first all-electronic toll road in Maryland, allowing drivers to pay fares via E-ZPass while maintaining highway speeds – the speed limit on the ICC is 55 mph. Without an E-ZPass, drivers will get a $3 bill in the mail for each one way trip.

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