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'This Morning Went Really Well': MassDOT Praises Months of Planning for Smooth Electronic Tolling Switchover

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    Monday morning's commute was the big test for electronic tolling in Massachusetts, and MassDOT says it was a relatively smooth ride. (Published Monday, Oct. 31, 2016)

    Monday morning's commute was the big test when it comes to electronic tolling in Massachusetts.

    State leaders had warned drivers last week they should be prepared for winter storm-like delays when it comes to traffic on the Massachusetts Turnpike.

    MassDOT says it looked like their warnings worked, because ridership along the Pike was down between six to 10 percent Monday morning.

    "This morning went really well," MassDOT Highway Administrator Tom Tinlin said. "I do believe that credit goes to months of planning, coordination and execution, but the real credit goes to the traveling public."

    MassDOT Provides Update as Commuters React to Toll Demoliton

    [NECN] MassDOT Provides Update as Commuters React to Toll Demoliton
    Monday morning's commute was the big test for electronic tolling in Massachusetts, and MassDOT says it was a relatively smooth ride. (Published Monday, Oct. 31, 2016)

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    Electronic tolling has been in effect since Friday night, making nearly 3 million transactions without issue.

    Drivers Navigate Old Toll Demolitions

    Drivers Navigate Old Toll Demolitions
    As toll booth demolition gets underway - drivers will need to navigate the construction sites. (Published Monday, Oct. 31, 2016)

    Drivers were urged to take public transportation, to give themselves more time on the road and to obey the 15 mile per hour speed limit passing through toll plazas, which are starting to be demolished.

    These recommendations are still in place by the state's transportation agency and state police, since Monday morning's commute is but one part in a "much larger journey" as crews remove the old tolling booths during the first phase of construction.

    Old Toll Booths Being Demolished

    Old Toll Booths Being Demolished
    Old toll booths being demolished as Monday morning commute begins (Published Monday, Oct. 31, 2016)

    "They don't give trophies out after a first game," Tinlin said.

    MassDOT says drivers will be pushed to the outside lanes as crews remove the old tolling booths during this first phase of construction.

    State police say there will be extra patrols and tow trucks in case problems arise. All work removing the toll plazas is scheduled to be finished by the end of next year.

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