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Re: ICC Intercounty Connector
« Reply #600 on: January 24, 2020, 05:19:35 PM »

https://mdta.maryland.gov/blog-category/mdta-traffic-advisories/tolling-system-upgrades-result-temporary-weekend-detours

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The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is implementing its next generation electronic tolling systems, and as part of those upgrades the agency is replacing existing tolling hardware and software at all toll facilities. Work will begin at the Intercounty Connector (ICC/MD 200) in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties the weekend of January 24.
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Moving forward, MDTA plans to have crews working on one gantry in each direction of the ICC per weekend.
It doesn't give any details about what the changes accomplish. 

I guess it has to do with the toll modernization plan:
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Provisions of the toll reduction package include a new Pay-by-Plate option, effective by June 2020, that allows tolls to be billed to credit cards at the same rate cash customers pay now. For the all-electronic Intercounty Connector/MD 200 and I-95 Express Toll Lanes, customers will pay 20 percent less than the video toll rate. In addition, new vehicle classes with lower rates will be in place by September 2020, providing a 50 percent reduction in tolls for motorcycles and reductions of 25 and 17 percent, respectively, for “light” vehicles towing one- and two-axle trailers. The package also includes a 15 percent discount for video tolling customers who pay the toll before their invoices are mailed. This payment option will be in place by December 2020.
https://mdta.maryland.gov/blog-category/mdta-news-releases/mdta-board-unanimously-approves-toll-modernization-package-saving

MDTA has swapped out the gantries on the I-95 Express Toll Lanes north of Baltimore.  The new ones are not terribly different from what was there before, save for the lighting systems, which are not on at all times, and appear to be some sort of matrix of LEDs.  The E-ZPass readers are similar to what was there before, though they have a slightly different look from the old ones. This is related to upgrading of all electronic toll collection systems on all of Maryland's toll roads (not sure if they readers on the HWN Bridge on U.S. 301 will be upgraded or not, since the entire bridge will be replaced with a new one with all-electronic toll collection).
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Re: ICC Intercounty Connector
« Reply #601 on: January 27, 2020, 01:59:17 PM »

MDTA has swapped out the gantries on the I-95 Express Toll Lanes north of Baltimore.  The new ones are not terribly different from what was there before, save for the lighting systems, which are not on at all times, and appear to be some sort of matrix of LEDs.  The E-ZPass readers are similar to what was there before, though they have a slightly different look from the old ones. This is related to upgrading of all electronic toll collection systems on all of Maryland's toll roads (not sure if they readers on the HWN Bridge on U.S. 301 will be upgraded or not, since the entire bridge will be replaced with a new one with all-electronic toll collection).

I saw the new toll collection hardware in place last night, as they were wrapping-up the work (MD-200 westbound between MD-650 and MD-182).  The gantry structure itself is not changed,
but the overhead equipment looks just like what MDTA installed on the I-95 Express Toll Lanes
north of Baltimore including LED arrays that are always lit facing the front and rear of
passing traffic.  It appeared to take them about 48 hours to get the work done (but they
may have been disrupted and delayed by the heavy rain that fell Friday night and Saturday
morning).
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