CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Preparations to set up All Electronic Tolling on the Massachusetts Turnpike are already underway.
Jannah Tierney of Belchertown told 22News, “I have mixed feelings because there’s a lot of pros and cons. The convenience is great but it’s probably going to be complicated initially and then tough for the people losing their jobs.”
477 MassDOT workers are being impacted, About 120 have taken new jobs with MassDOT. 146 have taken retirement or early retirement offers. The remaining 211 will be laid off.
Under All Electronic Tolling, 16 overhead gantries are in place on the Pike from the New York State Line to Boston. If you have an EZ-Pass transponder, the entire trip will cost between $6.60 to $5.95.
Drivers are going to start being charged at each individual gantry rather than paying for the total distance that they traveled at their final exit. There are Four gantries in western Massachusetts. With an E-ZPass, you get a free ride from Exit 7 in Ludlow to Exit 4 in West Springfield.
“They should do it everywhere it’s a lot quicker. Is it a convenience factor? Yes, for trucks it is anyway because you wait in line forever, even E-ZPass. It gets jammed up everywhere you know. Going into Boston it gets jammed up all the time. It’s a lot easier like that,” Felix Loverro, of Utica, New York said.
The gantries scan your transponder and take a photo of your license plate to make sure they match. If you don’t have a transponder, you’ll get a bill in the mail. An extra thirty cents is tacked on to the toll at each gantry. $13.40 to travel the entire Mass Pike plus a $0.60 billing fee.
If you are signing up for an E-ZPass last second it can take up to five days to activate.
Click here to find out how to sign up for and E-ZPass