Motorists at a rest stop on the Mass Pike in Blanford said there were no major problems Monday with the new toll collection system.
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.
With all-electronic tolling scheduled to begin on the Massachusetts Turnpike next month, more than 400 toll-collectors are in their final weeks on the job.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: Toll Collectors On The Mass. Turnpike In Their Final Months
Highway officials took public testimony Thursday Night in Lenox on proposed fares for the Massachusetts Turnpike, when the road goes to all-electronic tolling next month.
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.
FERC is asking Kinder Morgan to take another look at moving the proposed pipeline to along the Massachusetts Turnpike.
Tolls at the six western-most exits were reinstated in 2013 after Governor William Weld abolished them in the mid 1990’s
Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, a Democrat from Lenox, said the tolls going back up along the western part of the turnpike in October created a financial hardship for many people who travel long distances along the Pike to get to work.
Nearly two decades after they were canceled, tolls resume this week for all cars on the westernmost section of the Massachusetts Turnpike.
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.
Massachusetts lawmakers from suburbs west of Boston are looking for some toll-relief on the Mass Turnpike. They appeared before the legislature’s Transportation Committee Thursday saying their constituents are facing another increase in the cost of driving to Boston. Kevin McNicholas has more.