1 in 4 drivers using the Pike in WMass don’t use an E-ZPass

There are no E-ZPass service centers in WMass

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – By next fall, toll booths will be gone and there will be all electronic tolling along the Mass Pike. If you drive on the Pike without an E-ZPass, you’ll not only get a bill for your tolls, you’ll also be charged a fee for not having a transponder.

Right now, about one in every four drivers that use the Pike in western Massachusetts don’t use E-ZPass. Another problem for us is that the closest E-ZPass service center is in Auburn.

The 22News I-Team brought those concerns to MassDOT’s Secretary & CEO Stephanie Pollack.  She told us they’re looking at adding new service centers in Lee, Ludlow and the new Springfield R.M.V.

“We will absolutely make sure that folks in western Mass. have good access to free E-ZPass transponders before the all electronic tolling goes into effect,” said Pollack.

MassDOT leaders haven’t decided how much they’ll end up charging. An E-ZPass transponder itself is free.

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