Governor Baker discusses adding tolls to other highways

Most lawmakers have avoided talking about adding new tolls

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker is calling the Mass Pike’s transition to all electronic tolling a success. Now people are questioning whether it should or would be implemented on other highways in the state.

The Governor faced the question on Monday while making his monthly appearance on the radio of whether he would be for or against tolls on other highways.

Governor Baker has expressed pride in the transition to the all-electronic gantry system without causing gridlock. He also pointed out that the state collects taxes on gasoline, and anything collected from the tolls on the pike goes towards work on the pike. And while more tolls have been discussed over the years most drivers remain opposed.

Eduardo Valentino, a Springfield resident, told 22News, “They’re going to charge the average citizen that has a day to day 9 to 5 job, and they expect them to pay a toll to E-ZPass to go on there, then if they don’t use the E-ZPass they are going to get charged a fine for it. I don’t think that’s fair at all.”

Over the years, lawmakers have tended to avoid conversations on toll policy debates with electoral repercussions in mind.

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