From State House News Service
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TOP OF THE HILL
Worcester the site for one of seven hearings for feedback on new Pike tolling system, rates
Chugging toward an Oct. 28 launch when the advent of all-electronic tolling will require some drivers to pay more and others less, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation plans seven meetings to hear feedback on new rates.
Unlike the current system of charging drivers depending where they enter and exit along the Massachusetts Turnpike, each of the new 16 electronic gantries will charge drivers as they pass below and they have been placed in different locations from the toll plazas. There are currently 26 toll plaza locations.
Adopting the proposed rates would mean some pay less and some pay more, as MassDOT seeks a revenue-neutral structure that conforms to the new geographic alignment of electronic toll-takers.
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