End of an era: New system replaces Mass. turnpike tollbooths

Cars pass under toll sensor gantries hanging over the Massachusetts Turnpike, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, in Newton, Mass. The state Department of Transportation is discussing plans for demolishing the tollbooths as it gets ready to implement an all-electronic tolling system on Interstate 90 which runs the length of the state. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON (AP) – Stopping or slowing down at a tollbooth on the Massachusetts Turnpike is about to become a thing of the past.

A new tolling system goes into effect at about 10 p.m. Friday along the major east-west highway. Tolls will be charged as vehicles pass under 16 electronic gantries along the roadway as demolition of tollbooths begins.

In an interview with The Associated Press, state highway director Thomas Tinlin said traffic will initially be routed to the sides of existing toll plazas, allowing the middle tollbooths to be removed. By late November it’s hoped that new traffic lanes will be in place.

Motorists without EZPass transponders will be billed by mail and pay a surcharge.

Some drivers will see higher tolls, but Tinlin says nearly two-thirds will pay the same or less after the change.
Online: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/highway/TollInformation/AllElectronicTolling.aspx