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Massachusetts moves forward with all-electronic tolling plan

Posted By Amanda Bayhi On August 16, 2013 @ 1:17 pm In News & Analysis | No Comments

Drivers slow down to 15 mph at a toll booth in Massachusetts. (Photo: Flickr) [1]

Drivers slow down to 15 mph at a toll booth in Massachusetts. (Photo: Flickr [2])

Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick and his administration are moving forward with a $250 million plan that would replace toll collectors in the state with all-electronic tolling [3], according to a report from The Republican [4].

In addition to the push for all-electronic tolling [5], officials are working on a plan that would reinstate passenger-vehicle tolls between Exits 1 and 6, beginning October 15. State legislators approved a law in July that allows the change to happen.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced the all-electronic tolling plan at a hearing Thursday night in Boston.

The system would detect E-ZPass transponders and take pictures of license plates of vehicles without transponders. Drivers without transponders would receive a pay-by-plate fee to cover the cost of image processing and billing.

Cynthia Roy Gonzalez, director of communications for MassDOT, said the all-electronic systems will save the agency $50 million a year by eventually terminating about 400 toll collector positions. The system would cost approximately $250 million over 10 years to construct, operate and maintain.

MassDOT plans begin all-electronic tolling next year with southbound traffic at the Tobin Bridge in Boston, with the entire system operating electronically by 2017.

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[1] Image: http://www.equipmentworld.com/files/2013/05/tolling.jpg

[2] Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/52356011@N00/1415597762/

[3] would replace toll collectors in the state with all-electronic tolling: http://www.equipmentworld.com/massachusetts-to-implement-all-electronic-toll-taking/

[4] a report from The Republican: http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/08/gov_deval_patrick_pushes_all-e.html

[5] all-electronic tolling: http://www.equipmentworld.com/golden-gate-bridge-begins-all-electronic-toll-taking/

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