STURBRIDGE, Mass. (WWLP) - The majority of people traveling this Labor Day weekend will drive to their destination, but come 2017, the way we pay for our travels will change in Massachusetts.
The Mass. Department of Transportation wants to demolish all toll booths by 2017 and install an “All Electronic Tolling System.”
State officials say with electronic tolling, traffic back-up at entry-exit toll plazas will disappear.
As people leave for the Labor Day weekend, at the Sturbridge toll plaza, both ticket and EZ-Pass lanes have long lines of cars waiting.
According to state officials, the biggest advantage of an “All Electronic Tolling System” is that drivers will not have to stop to pay the tolls.
Overhead structures at 10 different spots on the MassPike will either scan your EZ-Pass or your license plate information.
Tammy Stocker of upstate New York told 22News, “You don't get stuck behind the traffic. It keeps things moving faster, and I don't think you get the traffic jam. You know, everybody keeps moving.”
“I think it's a good idea, you know,” said Mike Genzano of Windsor Locks, CT. “You can avoid traffic and go right through the toll booth. You don't have to worry about slowing down, grabbing the ticket, paying the toll. I think it's a good idea.”
The “All Electronic Tolling System” will be installed by 2017.
If you're travelling this Labor Day weekend, you can call 5-1-1 for traffic information.