SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is holding a public hearing Wednesday night to discuss the newly proposed toll rates for the all electronic tolling system.
The state’s new all electronic tolling system is scheduled to go live at the end of October. Once it does, drivers will notice changes in the rates they pay at certain tolls.
16 gantries have been built along I-90. On October 28, the overhead gantries will replace toll booths on the MassPike.
The gantries will scan your E-Z Pass transponder, and automatically deduct money from your account. If you don’t have a transponder, the gantry will take a picture of your license plate and send you a bill by mail. Drivers without transponders will also have to pay a $0.60 surcharge.
Since the gantries aren’t located where all the toll booths are, the rates will change in some areas.
For example, drivers could end up paying more at the toll in Ludlow. Drivers with an E-Z Pass will pay $0.45 instead of $0.35 at that toll. If you don’t have an E-Z Pass, you’ll get charged $0.80.
The only way to avoid paying the surcharge is to sign up for the EZ-Pass program. Drivers will be able to do that on Wednesday at the Chicopee Public Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those who sign up will also be given a transponder.
E-Z Pass transponders are also available at most AAA locations, the I-90 service plaza in Ludlow, and online.
You can attend Wednesday night’s public hearing go learn more about the proposed to rates for the new program. That will take place at 6:30 p.m., in room 220 at City Hall in Springfield.
The proposed rates first have to be approved by the MassDOT’s Board of Directors.