“Open Road Tolling” coming soon: Time to get an E-ZPass


NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Drivers will no longer roll down their windows to pay tolls in Massachusetts come this fall. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is launching its Open Road Tolling system in October.

Receivers over the Massachusetts Turnpike will read your E-ZPass transponder as you drive through at highway speed. If you do not have a transponder by then, the “Pay by Plate” system will take a picture of your license plate and will send you a bill through the mail; adding on a surcharge. MassDOT has not yet determined just what that surcharge will be.

The tolling systems are being set-up all along the Mass Pike, and will charge you based on the distance you drive. One man who uses the Mass Pike to get down to Florida for vacation says it is worth the investment.

“You come to a toll booth and you see lines of cars waiting to pay cash, which I have no idea why they do that, but it’s just easier to get the E-ZPass. In a second, you’re through the toll booth, so I don’t understand why you wouldn’t get an E-ZPass,” Art Lifton said.

There are currently five customer service centers for the E-ZPass, with the closest for many in western Massachusetts in Auburn. If you have a broken unit, you can mail it in to be replaced. In the meantime, you can pay by plate.

To obtain an E-ZPass transponder, you can visit massdot.state.ma.us.

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