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Monday's Commute Will be First Real Test for Open Road Tolling

"There is going to be inconvenience," says MassDOT official Tom Tinlin



    Drivers, MassDot Prepare for Monday Commute

    Electronic tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike went into effect on Friday and so far, there has been very few issues over the weekend. But the real test will be on Monday morning when the rush hour commute starts. (Published Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016)

    Since transitioning to electronic toll payment late Friday night, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has not experienced any problems - and they want it to stay that way.

    They therefore are asking drivers to prepare for this work week like they would for a winter storm - drive carefully, take it slow, leave extra time on the roads and consider public transportation. Monday's commute will be the first real test of the new open road tolling system.

    "There is going to be inconvenience. Tomorrow is going to be heck of a lot different than Saturday and Sunday," MassDOT Highway Administrator Tom Tinlin said.

    Officials have likened the traffic impact to a 22-day snowstorm where it snows during the morning and the afternoon commute. Massachusetts State Police urged motorists to leave early, keep their gas tanks full, and their cell phones charged.

    No More Cash Tolls

    No More Cash Tolls
    MassDOT asks drivers to consider public transport this first week of implementation
    (Published Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016)

    Higher traffic volume is also anticipated on side roads like routes 9, 20 and 30.

    MassDOT is asking drivers not to stop at the old toll booths, as there will be no one there to handle cash.

    MassDot will be giving drivers who have not yet purchased an EZPass six months to get one. That means drivers won't be charged the higher rate per license plate until that time.

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