No E-ZPass? Then your Mass. Pike toll could cost more beginning next fall

An electronic tolling system in Massachusetts will bring cashless tolls and a “Pay by Plate’’ system that involves a fee for non-E-ZPass users.

The Tobin Bridge, part of the pilot program for electronic tolling, does not take cash for its tolls.
The Tobin Bridge, part of the pilot program for electronic tolling, does not take cash for its tolls. –Suzanne Kreiter / The Boston Globe

A new electronic tolling system set to replace toll booths on the mass. Pike next fall will charge drivers without an E-ZPass a fee, reports the Boston Herald.

The system will eliminate toll booth workers and install equipment that reads either a driver’s E-ZPass or license plate. Drivers who don’t have EZPass transponders will pay a fee on top of the toll, according to the Herald. E-ZPass transponders are free.

Drivers without an E-ZPass already pay 50 cents more on the Tobin Bridge, which moved to overhead tolling in 2014. The 50-cent break is also in place at the Summer and Ted Williams tunnels, according to the MassDOT website. E-ZPass users get a 25-cent break at the Allston-Brighton tolls on the Mass Pike.

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Officials have not yet decided what the fee should be, but will begin discussions in January, reports the Herald.

Read the full story in the Boston Herald.

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