The Massachusetts Turnpike is set to go to all-electronic tolling in less than a month. Motorists opened 25,000 EZ Pass accounts in Massachusetts in August.
In a letter written to Massachusetts’ transportation secretary, the lawmakers said they’re worried about varying toll rates, the locations of E-ZPass readers along the roadway and the security of drivers’ personal information
State transportation officials project toll collections will be about $10 million less for the first year of electronic tolling. But with the money saved from not having to pay toll collectors, MassDOT says the project will end up being revenue-neutral.
In October, an all-electronic system of collecting fares to use the highway will come on-line and over 400 employees will be displaced.
The return of tolls for passenger vehicles using the western portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike is a foregone conclusion.
Officials are considering a plan to make toll collections on the Massachusetts Turnpike completely electronic. It’s the subject of public hearings in Worcester and Springfield this week.
Toll collection for travel between the six western-most exits of the Massachusetts Turnpike is scheduled to begin October 15th.