- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - State highway officials say there have been 215,000 transactions since all-electronic tolling got underway on the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Transportation officials held a news conference Saturday to give an update since the system went into effect Friday night.

State highway director Thomas Tinlin says motorists should plan for the next several weeks as they would for a snowstorm: Drive carefully, leave extra time or consider public transportation as an alternative.

Tinlin says traffic disruptions are likely during the first phase of tollbooth demolition through Nov. 22.

There are no more cash tolls. Motorists with E-ZPass transponders will be charged automatically as they pass under one of the 16 electronic gantries on the 135-mile highway. Those without transponders will be billed by mail.

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