MassDOT secretary explains new turnpike toll system

People without a transponder will pay slightly more


CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – You will no longer have to stop at the Mass Pike Toll booths after Friday, October 28th. MassDOT secretary Stephanie Pollack talked with 22News about the state’s new all-electronic tolling.

MassDOT secretary Stephanie Pollack was at the Big E Thursday, where she talked about the new tolling system that goes into effect late next month. 16 overhead gantries will replace the turnpike’s 22 toll booths. Scanners on those gantries will read your E-ZPass transponder at highway speed.

People without a transponder will pay slightly more because they’ll be getting a bill in the mail.

Pollack said, “Especially a nickel or dime more. The surest way to save is to get an E-ZPass transponder. Everyone with a transponder saves money every time they drive under a gantry.”

Drivers whose cars are equipped with an E-ZPass transponder won’t have to do anything different after the October 28th change over.

Trish Ceziell, of Westfield said, “That’s right, I don’t worry at all, I don’t think about the cost of it. It’s so much easier and you’ve got one of the transponders, we have two!”

It’s because of the placement of the gantries here in the western part of the state, some drivers here will get a free ride at times. Folks in eastern Massachusetts now get a discount when they use a transponder and folks in western Massachusetts did not. Now everyone will take some of the sting out of it for people.

You still have time to sign up for an E-ZPass before the new system goes live on October 28th.

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