40 Force: E-ZPass
REGION, Mass. (WGGB) – Dozens of people came to ABC40 today to sign up for E-Z passes. The state department of transportation wants the Mass Pike to be cash-free by the Summer of 2016.
That means, no more scrabbling through your wallet when you have to go through a toll plaza on the Mass Pike.
“The electronic system will allow for people to pass through the tolls without having to stop and pay cash-toll,” said Mike Verseckes, MassDOT spokesperson. “But obviously, we would be looking to increase the number of people who have E-Z pass transponders because it’s a system that’s already up and running and it’s proven to be effective.”
The Tobin Bridge in Boston is already cash-free. The system takes pictures of license plates with overhead cameras. Monthly bills are mailed to drivers who don’t have E-Z passes.
“The E-Z pass I believe is going to be a good thing due to the fact that if you’re going to be charged monthly then that’s an extra stamp for the town or the state,” said Chicopee resident Jacquie Howe.
The electronic toll system will eventually replace every toll plaza in Massachusetts. That means, no more booths with toll takers.
“I feel sorry for the people that work there. They are going to be without a job. I see we have modern technology and we want to speed things up. But, then again you have to look at it from the human factor…these people are going to be without jobs,” said Bob Prenosil from West Springfield.
The new electronic system is set to improve traffic flow and reduce operating costs. It’s expected to save the state tens of million of dollars in possible improvement costs on the toll plazas.
During those four hours, 239 transponders were distributed.
If you were not able to make it to Monday’s event, you can still sign-up for E-ZPass.
If you would prefer a paper application, you can also request an application by mailed to you by calling (877) 627-7745 or download the application online and mail it back in to MassDOT.