- Associated Press - Friday, September 4, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - The state Transportation Department is ending a program that gave about 600 retired employees of the defunct Massachusetts Turnpike Authority free transponders or passes that let them avoid paying tolls.

Officials say the program was supposed to end in 2009 when the Turnpike Authority was absorbed into the new state Transportation Department.

A department spokesman tells The Boston Globe (https://bit.ly/1fYWWjh ) the perk continued “because of a lack of internal communication.”

Officials will send letters to the affected retirees saying their transponders or pass cards that work on the Mass Pike, the Tobin Bridge and airport tunnels will be deactivated on Sept. 11.

Nearly 200 people who retired before Nov. 1, 2009, will be allowed to keep their transponders.

It’s unclear how much the perk cost the state.


Information from: The Boston Globe, https://www.bostonglobe.com

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