Tolls on the Mass Pike could be cash free by 2016

Drivers without an EZ Pass will get a bill at the end of the month

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Drivers with E-Z Pass transponders will not see any changes to their trip, but Monday morning, commuters driving across the Tobin Memorial Bridge may have realized a few cash tolls were missing.

Drivers on the Massachusetts Turnpike know that the commute can sometimes slow them down, especially when it’s time to pay a toll.

Its part of the reason why the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is gradually getting rid of all toll booths from the Mass Pike, starting with the Tobin Memorial Bridge, which is now totally cash-free.

The other big reason is that it will save the state millions of dollars a year by eliminating toll workers. Not all drivers are happy about the changes.

Melissa Brown, an E-Z Pass Commuter, said, “There should be a cash option because it should be up to the individual to make that choice.”

Drivers who don’t have an E-Z Pass are soon going to have to get used to driving straight through instead of stopping to pay cash tolls. Instead, they’re going to have to wait until the end of the month to receive those fees in the mail.

The electronic system will snap a picture of license plates to find where to send the bill, an idea some local residents aren’t fond of.

Anna Asiedu of West Springfield said, “Well I don’t want to pay money for the convenience of getting a bill at the end of the month, because sometimes at the end of the month when you finish paying your bills, you don’t have any money left. So if you get there, you pay, you are done with it.”

The new electronic system will slowly replace cash tolls statewide. The goal is for the rest of the Pike to be totally cash-free by summer of 2016.

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