WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Massachusetts wants to eliminate toll booths, but how will they collect money?
Come 2017, Massachusetts wants all the toll booths gone from exit ramps. MassDOT plans to put up electronic toll readers throughout the MassPike.
“We won't have the tie up at Sturbridge or West Springfield or here in Palmer for that matter. Between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. here it's worth your life to get off the Pike even with the EZ-Pass,” said Monson’s Emmaladd Shepherd.
The state wants to go to an EZ-Pass only system, but if you don't have EZ-Pass the state's going to send you home a bill and wait for you to pay.
“Some of these people will ignore these bills, I think that will be the problem unless the registry gets involved, registering your car or your license. I think a lot of people might just ignore the bills,” said Palmer’s Kathy Meaney.
If you don't pay, MassDOT can put a hold on your account, when you go to get your license or registration renewed.
Currently seven out of ten Massachusetts drivers have an EZ-Pass. If you have an EZ-Pass little would change in terms of billing, but if you don't MassDOT would send drivers a bill, based on their license plate.
The new plan is to have four high speed toll readers in western Mass. in West Stockbridge, Blandford, Westfield and Ludlow. For example, if you drive from Springfield Exit 6 to Chicopee Exit, you may not have to pay a toll at all based on the proposed plan.
The pay by plate service isn't set in stone yet, but a MassDOT spokesperson told 22News they're would like be a handling fee to cover mailing costs.
PROPOSED WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS TOLL ZONES:
- West Stockbridge Between Exits 1 and 2
- Blandford Between Exits 2 and 3
- Westfield Between Exits 3 and 4
- Ludlow Between Exits 7 and 8
- Warren Between Exits 8 and 9