GRANDY, Mass. (WWLP) – It was a crowded parking lot outside of the Granby Senior Center and even more crowded inside. People of all ages and from different towns came to Granby on Wednesday to get an E-ZPass transponder.
In just a few weeks the Massachusetts Department of Transportation will shut down their physical toll booths on the Massachusetts Turnpike in favor of “Open-Road tolling.”
Essentially, an electronic gateway that will either register your transponder signal and automatically debit your account, or if you don’t have a transponder, will take a picture of your license plate and send you a bill, along with a surcharge.
The nearest E-ZPass service center to western Massachusetts is in Auburn, so people told 22News the event was convenient.
Rebecca Roberts of Granby said, “I think it’s good. I think it eliminates jobs but I think it’s more convenient for people to drive right through and not have to stop and create traffic.”
Bryonna Senecal of Huntington said, “It’s pretty convenient. I was in and out within 5 minutes. The paperwork is easy to do and they are very friendly.”
If you still need an E-ZPass, you can also apply online; you have to deposit at least $20. Click Here to learn how to sign-up.