Automated Tolling in Massachusetts?

Governor Deval Patrick plans to recommend switching to an automated tolling system in Massachusetts, a switch that would cost about $100 million and which would result in about 320 toll takers losing their jobs. On the heels of a Boston Herald report, Patrick and Transportation Secretary Richard Davey confirmed the administration's toll plan and said they were not looking at this point to raise toll amounts or institute new tolls as part of their long-term transportation funding strategy.

Patrick said the $100 million investment would pay for itself over a three-year period and said an automated toll system would enable motorists to pay their tolls while traveling at highway speeds. State law requires Patrick to present the Legislature in early January with a long-term plan to address the state's longstanding gap between revenues available and revenues needed to maintain the existing public transportation system and make new investments.

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