It may come as a surprise to many Marylanders that tolls are NOT set by elected state lawmakers, but rather by an un-elected body which is appointed by the administration. And in the past 4 years, that organization appointed by the O'Malley Brown Administration has increased tolls on Maryland's existing facilities by 75%.
The MDTA says these increases were necessary. Likewise we are expected to believe the high rate of tolls on the ICC and the lack of a commuter plan for users of that road is necessary. And of course, the organization says their planned budget which increases capital expenses by 48% in the next 6 years is likewise necessary. But can what they say be trusted?
The fact is the MDTA has a poor record when it comes to transparency. The organization frequently holds closed meetings, and has been the subject of multiple open meetings act complaints. Several publications have complained about such violations in the past:
Star Dem: MdTA Violated Open Meetings Act
"Keep Your Promise MDTA"
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