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For Immediate Release:


August 24, 2012

MDTA offers travel tips for the upcoming holiday weekend

As summer comes to an unofficial close, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds the more than 1.8 million motorists anticipated to travel its facilities over the Labor Day holiday weekend to plan ahead; travel off-peak; and Drive Smart. Arrive Safe. MDTA officials anticipate more than 347,000 vehicles to travel the Bay Bridge between Friday, Aug. 31, and Monday, Sept. 3.

The MDTA offers the following travel tips for this holiday weekend:

Travel off-peak when heading to and from beach destinations. The best times to travel the Bay Bridge this weekend include:
- Thursday before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
- Friday before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
- Saturday before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
- Sunday before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
- Labor Day Monday before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

Don't Wing It. Plan Ahead!
- Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions.
- Visit to view live traffic cameras at the Bay Bridge and to sign up for traffic and email alerts.
- Visit or follow TheMDTA on Twitter.
- Ease your travel with E-ZPass. Visit to enroll on-line and for a list of E-ZPass "On the Go" retail locations.
- Know Before You Go - call 511 or visit for statewide travel information. To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit
- For current toll rates, visit and click on Toll Rate Calculator. The new cash toll rate for two-axle vehicles at the Bay Bridge is $4.

The MDTA will lift construction-related temporary lane closures at its facilities from 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4.

In accordance with the State's budget-reduction plan, MDTA offices will be closed on Friday, Aug. 31, including the E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Centers and Customer Service Center. Visit or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824 to sign up for E-ZPass, update account information or make payments via credit card. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience. Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!

Cheryl Sparks
John Sales

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