Massachusetts Turnpike: EZ-Pass Replaces Cash, Toll Booths Now A Thing Of The Past

Ryan Anthony - Author

Oct. 30 2016, Updated 1:41 p.m. ET

The Massachusetts Turnpike is in uncharted water as EZ Pass has replaced cash along the state’s turnpike system and many toll collectors have been laid off.

In a world where many systems have gone electronic from payment for movies to parking, it was only a matter of time before the personless, electronic system eventually took over toll roads, as well. Along the Massachusetts Turnpike, it happened this weekend with toll collectors working their last shifts and the state moving quickly to tear down the booths where collections happened for decades.

According to the Boston Globe, the new cashless collections system began on Friday at 10 p.m. and will now be the permanent vehicle for toll collection — and yes, the pun was intentional.

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“With the first day of all-electronic tolling seeming to have gone smoothly, officials are holding their breath for the real traffic test come Monday morning.

“‘It seems as though people have been listening to us [today],’ said Department of Transportation highway administrator Thomas Tinlin, who spent much of Saturday traveling Route 90 to observe the all-electronic transition. ‘They’re giving us a lot of room on the road, not traveling on the Turnpike as much, giving us plenty of space to do our jobs.’

“Monday’s commute, however, may not be so easy.

“Tinlin suggested altering work schedules Monday to avoid commuting during rush hour and using public transportation if at all possible.”

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The local ABC affiliate in Boston, WCVB 5, reports that as soon as the toll booths were cleared of workers and equipment, contractors began destroying the decades-old facilities on Route 90 into Boston.


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