- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - A new electronic tolling system is set to add surcharges for Massachusetts Turnpike drivers who don’t have an E-ZPass.

State officials expect electronic tolling to be operational next fall. The equipment will read drivers’ E-ZPass or license plate and eliminate the need for toll takers.

A spokesman for a state transportation agency tells The Boston Herald (https://bit.ly/1Qq7XdV ) that officials haven’t yet decided how much to charge drivers who do not have transponders. A state official wrote in a recent report that the surcharge for reading license plates should recover the cost of toll collection, but not be punitive or overcharge drivers.

Officials will make a decision on the fee and other tolling changes through a public process beginning in January.

E-ZPass transponders are given out free of charge.


Information from: Boston Herald, https://www.bostonherald.com

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