E-ZPass distribution event at Springfield Jewish Community Center

Transition to all-electronic tolling is on October 28

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  There are only three weeks left until state’s new all electronic tolling system takes effect.

With that in mind, residents gathered at the Springfield Jewish Community Center Friday to pick up an EZ-Pass transponder before the October 28 transition.

The nearest EZ-Pass service center is in Auburn, so residents appreciate the convenience of these western Massachusetts distribution events.

“It’ll certainly make traveling along the toll roads much more convenient now. So, not having to have the delays of the tollbooths, overall I think it’s a good thing,” Patricia Clark of Longmeadow said.

On Thursday, the MassDOT Board of Directors approved rates for the 16 overhead gantries, under the new All Electronic Tolling system. MassDOT said 63.7% of E-Z Pass Massachusetts trips will either stay the same or decrease in cost, with a large percentage seeing a substantial decrease in cost.

MassDOT has provided an AET toll calculator which can be found here. 

Under the new system, scanners will read your EZ-Pass transponder and automatically charge your account. If you don’t have an EZ-pass, the scanners will read your license plate and bill you in the mail, with a surcharge.