Worcester, Springfield drivers ticketed for toll breaks with new Mass Pike system

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Drivers in the Worcester and Springfield areas will gain some relief from Massachusetts Turnpike tolls under an all-electronic system being tested and set to go live in October.

Sen. Eric Lesser

Sen. Eric Lesser

“This fairly modest break for people I think is going to be very well received,” said state Sen. Eric Lesser, a Longmeadow Democrat. Lesser noted that a portion of the sales tax paid by his constituents goes to the MBTA 90 miles away, and taxpayers around the state were on the hook for the massive costs of the Big Dig in Boston.

A recent presentation by Highway Administrator Tom Tinlin shows exits around the state’s second and third largest cities are free of the gantries used to automatically charge motorists for highway usage.

“Some un-tolled movements may become tolled, and vice versa, based on location of gantries vs. toll plazas,” the presentation notes.

On- and off-ramps to the Mass Pike will start looking very different this fall, and some in Worcester Springfield areas will become free.

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On- and off-ramps to the Mass Pike will start looking very different this fall, and some in the Worcester and Springfield areas will become free.

Jacque Goddard, a spokeswoman for the state transportation department, confirmed that when the gantries go live drivers in Worcester and Springfield “can scoot on and scoot off the Mass Pike between gantries and not pay a toll.”


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