BOSTON (WWLP) – The new tolls have been set, and in most cases, it will cost you less to drive the Massachusetts Turnpike if you have an E-ZPass transponder after October 28th.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors on Thursday approved rates for the 16 overhead gantries, under the new All Electronic Tolling system. MassDOT said 63.7% of E-ZPass Massachusetts trips will either stay the same or decrease in cost, with a large percentage seeing a substantial decrease in cost.
For instance, traveling from the New York state line to Boston will drop from the current $6.60 to $5.95 with an E-ZPass transponder.
MassDOT has provided an AET toll calculator which can be found here.
Using the calculator, an E-ZPass Massachusetts trip from Interchange 4, West Springfield to Interchange 11A, I-495 Westborough would decrease from the current $2.20 to a future toll of $1.95.
Due to the placement of the four gantries in western Massachusetts, cars equipped with an E-ZPass transponder would get a “free ride” from Exit 7 in Ludlow to Exit 4 in West Springfield.
Mass. Highways Administrator Tom Tinlin told 22News that the new EZ Pass toll structure is in line with MassDOT’s goal of a revenue neutral program. “This is about toll equity, and it’s about ensuring that the amount of revenue raised goes back onto the roadway, but you don’t want to overburden one portion of the population,” Tinlin said.
All-Electronic Tolling goes live on Friday, October 28th. The demolition of the toll booths begins the next day, Saturday, October 29th.
MassDOT is holding four public meetings in October in Lenox, West Springfield, Westborough, and Brighton to provide information about what to expect for toll plaza demolition work in order to ensure that users of the Massachusetts Turnpike and neighboring communities are fully informed about the construction process to minimize any public inconvenience.
In Berkshire County, the Lenox meeting will focus on West Stockbridge and Lee, and take place at 6:30 p.m. October 11th at the District 1 Highway Office, 270 Main Street.
The West Springfield meeting will focus on Exits 3 through 8, Westfield to Palmer. It will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Clarion Conference Center, 1080 Riverdale Street on Thursday, October 13th.