Despite Change at Tobin Tolls, Some Drivers Still Refuse E-ZPass

Chelsea, MA., 08/12/14, The Tobin Bridge no longer takes cash for its tolls. This is heading into Boston. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff (The Boston Globe.
The Tobin Bridge no longer takes cash for its tolls.
The Boston Globe

The Tobin Bridge tolls are now all electronic. The Massachusetts Turnpike is expected to become all electronic in 2016. But some drivers in the Bay State are still saying no to using E-ZPass, The Boston Globe reports.

According to the report, these drivers account for 26.6 percent of the trips over the Tobin Bridge that are not paid with an E-ZPass and they intend to keep it that way.

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DeLesdernier is part of a small but stubborn group of Massachusetts drivers who decline to order an E-ZPass, the state’s electronic toll transponder — not because they do not know where to obtain one, or because they do not have a bank account, but because they do not agree with electronic tolling.

Some of the reasons for their intransigence include: They are concerned about government surveillance. They are apprehensive about erroneous fees charged automatically to their credit cards. They disapprove of eliminating good jobs held by toll takers for decades. And they would miss the small social exchanges with toll takers, the face-to-face contact, as they pass over their fare.

You can read the full Boston Globe report here.