E-ZPass transponder cost to drop July 1
— Commuters buying a new E-ZPass transponder will pay less starting July 1, thanks to the latest round of fee reductions and eliminations initiated by Gov. Larry Hogan.
Hogan announced 155 cuts, which he said would “put thousands of dollars back into the pockets of hard-working Maryland families.”
The cost of a new transponder will drop from $9 to $7.50. The pre-paid “On-The-Go” EZPass that comes loaded with $25 in tolls will drop from $34 to $32.50.
“In January, we announced a measure to reduce fees across state government, saving Maryland taxpayers an estimated $71 million,” Hogan said Thursday.
He noted that some of his package did not make it through the Maryland General Assembly, which left his administration to seek additional ways to save without legislative approval.
Pete Rahn, transportation secretary and chairman of the
Maryland Transportation Authority, said the benefit would be huge.
“This one change will pump more than a quarter of a million dollars back into our families and economy each year,” he said.
Some 230,000 transponders are sold statewide each year, officials reported.
Other changes include removing the $20 cost to include the veteran designation on a driver’s license, reducing the cost to process notaries from $20 to $9, and certification of such documents as marriage, birth and death records drops from $5 to $2. Military veterans will also receive half-price admission to Maryland State Parks all year and free admission on Veterans Day.
Numerous professional fees have been eliminated, including the fees for relicensing a comprehensive care facility. Assisted living facilities pursuing re-licensing will see that cost drop anywhere from $150 to more than $1,200 depending on the number of beds, officials reported.