MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey announced today that tolls for both eastbound and westbound drivers at the Allston/Brighton toll plaza (Interchange 19) on the Massachusetts Turnpike will be free for travelers Friday evening, June 22, 5:00-6:00 p.m., thanks to a partnership with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in celebration of Tanglewood’s 75th Anniversary Season.
The BSO will pay the cash and E-ZPass (FastLane) tolls recorded for the hour from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 22. Massachusetts E-ZPass customers will see a credit and message from BSO and Tanglewood on their next statement.
“On Fridays in the summer volume picks up on the Turnpike with drivers destined for a Western Mass getaway,” said Secretary Davey. “Whether drivers are heading home from work or traveling to enjoy the beauty of the Berkshires, this sponsorship by the BSO will be a welcomed tune for our customers.”
“Tanglewood is a straight shot down the Pike from Boston, but a world way with over 500 acres of lush lawn, gardens and unbelievable views, not to mention outstanding music. We hope folks of all ages will come out to Tanglewood this summer for a symphony, pops, jazz, of popular artist concert,” said BSO Marketing Director Sarah Manoog.
Drivers must still stop at the tollbooth or go through the E-ZPass/FastLane lanes with their transponders. The BSO is covering the costs for all tolls and signs and promotional materials announcing the free tolls.
In 2011, MassDOT logged 109,264 toll transactions at Interchange 19 on the fourth Friday in June. Of those transactions, 7,590 occurred between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. with 6,066 vehicles passing through the electronic toll collection lanes and 1,524 in the cash lanes.
In a similar sponsorship in November 2011, Zappos.com sponsored tolls as part of its Happiness Campaign on the day before Thanksgiving.