MA transportation officials to discuss tollbooth demolition

(WFSB file photo)

Tollbooths on the Massachusetts Turnpike may soon be just a memory.

The state Department of Transportation on Monday will discuss plans for demolishing the tollbooths as it gets ready to implement an all-electronic tolling system on Interstate 90, which runs the length of the state.

MassDOT hopes to begin the new system in October, provided that software testing doesn't turn up any glitches.

The plan calls for gantries that are installed at more than a dozen locations along the turnpike to record tolls from motorists with E-ZPass transponders. For those without transponders, the system will take a license plate picture and send an invoice for the tolls to the vehicle's registered owner.

Motorists who do not have transponders will also have to pay an as-yet-to-be-determined surcharge on each toll.

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