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jmacswimmer:

--- Quote from: plain on October 12, 2021, 10:04:30 PM ---
--- Quote from: TheOneKEA on October 12, 2021, 09:40:48 PM ---
--- Quote from: MASTERNC on October 11, 2021, 11:40:52 AM ---I don’t get why Maryland won’t at least post the video toll rate. They only post the MD E-ZPass rate now.

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E-ZPass is very common in suburban Maryland because of the formerly legendary backups at the cash lanes at the Bay Bridge toll plaza. I suspect the MdTA doesn’t post the video toll rate because very few people would care (because they have E-ZPass), and the remainder who would care probably already know what the rate is.

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Still, there are plenty of people who don't have an E-ZPass (let alone an MD issued one). They should've shown the other rate in some capacity.

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Good news - it seems someone from MDTA read this thread! Didn’t get any pictures because it was night, but as of this evening the following has been added on all 3 of the toll rate signs (in the extra space above the Maryland E-ZPass rate):

“VIDEO BY MAIL  $12.00”

Now they just need to add the out-of-state E-ZPass rate and we’ll be all set ;-)

cpzilliacus:

--- Quote from: jmacswimmer on October 22, 2021, 08:44:00 PM ---Good news - it seems someone from MDTA read this thread! Didn’t get any pictures because it was night, but as of this evening the following has been added on all 3 of the toll rate signs (in the extra space above the Maryland E-ZPass rate):

“VIDEO BY MAIL  $12.00”

Now they just need to add the out-of-state E-ZPass rate and we’ll be all set ;-)

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I've a better idea - forbid all forms of transponder discrimination™ on all U.S. toll roads, save for islands that can only be reached by toll crossings (Staten Island and (maybe) Grand Island, N.Y.) and Sanibel Island, Florida are examples where residents could be granted a discount from list price tolls.

noelbotevera:
Is there a story behind the US 29 freeway? For one thing, it ends at a very odd location BUT there's no hint of a stub.

The only things I can infer from Historic Aerials and USEnds:
-The US 29/US 40 interchange was where US 29 ended for many years, with the new alignment opening in 1955 and the freeway opening around 1970 (the 1971 topo shows the freeway complete to MD 99).
-There is empty land north of MD 99, but this quickly peters out likely because of the Patapsco River to the north.
-The US 29/I-70 interchange is built rather sloppily given that a major movement (70 EB -> 29 SB) is handled by a one lane ramp.  Still, the interchange was built with access to all directions...so why build a full interchange if you don't plan to extend your freeway north?
-SIDENOTE: Whoever designed the US 29/MD 100 interchange in 1998 should've been fired, since I-70 traffic has to weave to the left to reach MD 100. Seriously, left exits in 1998?

My guess is that MDSHA may have wanted to have the option to extend the freeway, but decided that there was no point in extending 29 northward, so I-70 (really MD 99) was a good place to stop.

Roadsguy:

--- Quote from: noelbotevera on October 24, 2021, 03:46:24 PM ---Is there a story behind the US 29 freeway? For one thing, it ends at a very odd location BUT there's no hint of a stub.

The only things I can infer from Historic Aerials and USEnds:
-The US 29/US 40 interchange was where US 29 ended for many years, with the new alignment opening in 1955 and the freeway opening around 1970 (the 1971 topo shows the freeway complete to MD 99).
-There is empty land north of MD 99, but this quickly peters out likely because of the Patapsco River to the north.
-The US 29/I-70 interchange is built rather sloppily given that a major movement (70 EB -> 29 SB) is handled by a one lane ramp.  Still, the interchange was built with access to all directions...so why build a full interchange if you don't plan to extend your freeway north?
-SIDENOTE: Whoever designed the US 29/MD 100 interchange in 1998 should've been fired, since I-70 traffic has to weave to the left to reach MD 100. Seriously, left exits in 1998?

My guess is that MDSHA may have wanted to have the option to extend the freeway, but decided that there was no point in extending 29 northward, so I-70 (really MD 99) was a good place to stop.

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They did plan to extend it north to form the northern half of the outer beltway of Baltimore, the southern half of which is formed by MD 100 (numbered similarly to MD 200, the closest thing we have to an outer beltway of Washington, DC). I don't know if it was planned to be designated US 29 or more of MD 100, but I did see at one point a map of the more recently proposed freeways and at-grade expressways in the Baltimore area. This map also indicated that some of this outer beltway would have been an at-grade expressway with interchanges, but I've never been able to find this map again...

cpzilliacus:

--- Quote from: Roadsguy on October 24, 2021, 06:42:52 PM ---They did plan to extend it north to form the northern half of the outer beltway of Baltimore, the southern half of which is formed by MD 100 (numbered similarly to MD 200, the closest thing we have to an outer beltway of Washington, DC). I don't know if it was planned to be designated US 29 or more of MD 100, but I did see at one point a map of the more recently proposed freeways and at-grade expressways in the Baltimore area. This map also indicated that some of this outer beltway would have been an at-grade expressway with interchanges, but I've never been able to find this map again...

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I think there was an expectation of U.S. 29 (or maybe MD-100) running as far north as (what is now) I-795 and maybe beyond to the mostly never-built East/West Highway (signed as part of MD-23 in Harford County and not the same as MD-410 in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.) which would have connected I-95, I-83, MD-27, U.S. 15 and I-70 (well to the west of Frederick).

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