Montgomery County Council member proposes cutting ICC tolls

A Montgomery County Council member has asked state transportation officials to halve the tolls on the Intercounty Connector, saying lower tolls would attract more motorists to the year-old highway. 

Council member Phil Andrews (D-Gaithersburg-Rockville) said the relatively expensive tolls are discouraging many motorists. It costs as much as $4 each way for passenger vehicles to use the 18.8-mile highway between Gaithersburg and Laurel during the morning and evening rush.

The ICC’s toll rates vary by time of day. Kelly Melhem, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority, which operates the ICC, said the highway is meeting
both traffic and revenue projections. The six-lane ICC was designed to carry traffic volumes projected for 2030, Melhem said in an e-mail. The toll rates are at the lowest end of the ranges approved in 2009, she said.

Katherine Shaver is a transportation and development reporter. She joined The Washington Post in 1997 and has covered crime, courts, education and local government but most prefers writing about how people get — or don’t get — around the Washington region.

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