Governor Baker optimistic about electronic tolling transition

Governor anticipates most demolition work will be out of the way by the holidays

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker was in western Massachusetts Tuesday morning, so 22News asked him how his ride was on the Mass Pike; now without toll booths.

The governor said it was a smooth ride, because he was headed away from Boston and left early in the morning. Baker said that the first day of the all-electronic tolling system was successful, and the state does not anticipate there will be disruptions with the demolition of the toll booths, especially the ones on the Pike itself.

“Our goal is to get as much done as we possibly can before the Thanksgiving rush, so that by the time people start traveling for the holidays, we should have pretty clear paths,” Baker said.

Baker said that he believes eventually when the construction is done, there will be less traffic on the Mass Pike.