CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Right now MassDOT is ahead of schedule demolishing the toll booths along the Massachusetts turnpike, and they said the new system is working.
Since the all electronic tolling system went into effect on October 28th, MassDOT has registered more than 50-million transactions. In the last 6 weeks, MassDOT has mailed nearly 600,000 invoices to customers without an E-ZPass.
If you don’t have one, but apply for one in the next 6 months, the state will reimburse you the difference. Although one driver, Amanda Lataille of Chicopee, said regardless of the savings, she still tries to avoid the Mass Pike altogether; “Even if it saves me $12 on gas, it’s like, ‘Big deal, it’s just $12, it’s fine.’”
The all electronic tolling system aims to save drivers time, but one truck driver, Dennis Carey of Northeast, Pennsylvania, said certain spots can be tough to navigate; “Having to turn into the tandem lot, the traffic doesn’t have to stop at the toll booth any more, it’s a lot hard to get across the traffic and it’s going a lot faster.”
22News shared that truck driver’s concerns with MassDOT Wednesday night. We’ll let you know if or how they plan to address it.