BOSTON (Friday, October 11, 2013)—On Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 12:01am, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Highway Division, in accordance with legislation enacted by the Massachusetts House and Senate, will resume toll collection from private passenger vehicles or "Class 1 vehicles" on the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) between Interchange 1 (West Stockbridge) and Interchange 6 (Springfield/I-291).
Travelers may calculate their toll by using the toll fee schedule. Those traveling within the Interchange 1 to 6 zone on and after October 15 will pay a toll for the first time since 1996. In addition, if a trip starts or ends between Interchanges 1 and 6, the toll will increase and correspond with the toll rates established in 1990.
Where will my toll be spent?
Estimates indicate that the restoration of the private passenger vehicle tolls in this region will result in $12 million in revenue annually. Tolls collected along this section of the Turnpike will be part of the Massachusetts Transportation Trust Fund. By law, these funds cannot be spent on Turnpike construction or maintenance east of Interstate 95/Route 128.
What significant upgrades are needed to the Turnpike between Interchanges 1-6?
Similar to the entire length of the Western Turnpike, needs in this area include bridge and structure work like bridge deck replacement and resurfacing, bridge cleaning and painting as well as repairs to bridges and culverts. Roadway work including pavement resurfacing, guardrail, sign and lighting replacements. Buildings and facilities, such as service plazas and maintenance depots are due for roof replacements over the next several years.
I currently do not have an E-ZPass transponder; may I join E-ZPass before the tolls are restored?
There are numerous ways to join E-ZPass MA. In addition to attending one of the public hearings, you may join online or over the phone, by visiting a Customer Service Center, a Registry of Motor Vehicles office or a participating AAA branch.
For specific details, please click here: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/highway/TrafficTravelResources/EZPassMAProgram.aspx
I have a non-revenue transponder that I use between Interchanges 1 and 6. Does it still work? What do I have to do?
When travel became free for private passenger vehicles, the former Turnpike Authority established an account category for residents in the Interchange1-6 area who only traveled within that region. If you are one of these account holders, you will need to change the status of your account and obtain a new transponder. MassDOT will be communicating with the active account holders directly and providing a kit to expedite the switch to a new transponder. The kit includes an instructional letter, account application, a prepaid return envelop and transponder packaging material. If you prefer to contact us, please call the E-ZPass Service Center at 877-627-7745.
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