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.