CHICOPEE, Mass (WWLP) – Starting at the end of this month, the state’s “All Electronic Tolling system” goes into effect.
Drivers will see some changes. Drivers with no transponder will pay much more to travel the entire length of the Pike. “I travel many states throughout the country that use a toll road. And its cheaper to use the transponder, than it is to pay cash,” said James Beauretard of Ludlow.
However, cash will no longer be an option after October 28th. If you don’t have an E-ZPass transponder, overhead cameras will snap a photo of your license plate, and send you a bill for the toll, plus a surcharge.
Pittsfield state representative Tricia Farley Bouvier wants to lower that $.30 surcharge. Debra Avery of Belchertown said, “It doesn’t make sense to me that they’ll have to pay more than other people. It should all be the same.”
There are some benefits. One woman told 22News, she currently pays to $.25 to travel from exit 6 to exit 5 westbound. That will change after the 28th, that trip will be free.
16 overhead gantries will replace the turnpike’s 22 toll booths. 4 are in western Massachusetts. Scanners on those gantries will read your E-ZPass transponder at highway speed.
Dawn LaFleur of Chicopee is one of those drivers scrambling to get an E-ZPass before deadline. “Know I keep putting it off and I wanna do the online one, but I’m not even sure how long that is going to take, what if everybody is doing it online? It might take two months.”
According to MassDot, if you sign up online you should receive your transponder within 5-7 business days.