3 days until changeover to all-electronic tolling: Are you ready?

Those without E-ZPass transponders will have to pay higher rate

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Ready or not, here it comes! All-electronic tolling starts Friday night along the Massachusetts Turnpike, with demolition of the toll booths also starting this weekend.

At around 6:45 p.m. Friday, work crews will begin the removal of old signs along the Pike and the installation of new signs. The last tolls collected by hand will be at 9:45 p.m. with the 16 gantries, which read E-ZPass transponders along the Pike, going live at 10:00 p.m.

The toll booths themselves will begin coming down on Sunday. It will take about a year before all of the toll booths are cleared away.

All-electronic tolling goes live Friday: Here’s what you need to know

If you do not have an E-ZPass transponder on your car by Friday, you will be charged through the state’s new Pay by Plate system, and the bill you receive through the mail will be at a higher rate than those paid by E-ZPass holders.

MassDOT will also be shutting down their website paybyplatema.com on Friday and switching to EZDriveMA, which will go live November 1st. You can go to customer service locations to pick up an E-ZPass transponder during that time. But remember, they will not be activated until five days later.