Westfield’s State Rep, John Velis, opposes a bill filed by fellow Democrat, Sen. Lesser of Longmeadow.
Some drivers told 22News the all-electric tolling system has already saved them time, and MassDOT said that will improve even more.
MassDOT has registered more than 50M transactions. 22News has an update on the demolition progress, and the new system’s effectiveness.
Governor Charlie Baker is calling the Massachusetts Turnpike’s transition to all electronic tolling a success.
“Phase 2” of the tollbooth project, now underway at all 23 toll locations statewide, includes road reconstruction and drainage work.
Crews and contractors at 20 out of 23 interchanges have completed the first phase of toll demolition and road reconstruction activities.
MassDOT says demolition of the toll plazas is either on schedule or ahead of schedule at 23 work sites along the Mass Pike.
It’s been one week since the state’s all electronic tolling system went into effect, followed by the tearing down of the toll booths.
Westbound traffic is backed up ahead of Exit 3, and the ramp itself is also gridlocked.
Toll demolition project and road reconstruction on I-90 is ahead of schedule or on schedule at 23 work zones.
MassDOT acknowledges traffic build ups at Exit 8 in Palmer are bigger than usual around construction.
Only one lane of traffic is being allowed through the tollbooth in each direction.
So far, it’s been a pretty smooth transition. Crews are working 24/7 to tear down each of the 23 toll plazas along the Mass Pike.
About 83% of those who have driven on the Pike in the last few days already have an E-ZPass transponder.
The state does not anticipate that there will be any major disruptions to their plan to demolish the remaining toll booths.
Toll plaza demolition and road reconstruction continued on Monday along the Mass Pike. 22News took a look at the progress.
Businesses in the Town of Sturbridge told 22News they’ve already seen changes impacting the town due to the toll booth demolition.
Electronic tolling gantries had successfully processed nearly 3,000,000 transactions by 8:00 Monday morning.
Drivers told 22News they’re excited about the new tolling system, and they think it will save them time.
MassDOT’s electronic tolling system is now live which means cash will no longer be an option to pay for tolls on the Mass turnpike.