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Sturbridge, November 2016

Sturbridge, November 2016

MassDOT is pleased to announce that the transition to all-electronic tolling (AET) from manual toll collections on I-90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike) has been recognized by America’s Transportation Awards as a Top 12 transportation project nationwide because of AET’s success in reducing traffic congestion and improving highway safety for drivers.

As such, it moves onto the next phase of America’s Transportation Awards, a contest held jointly by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in which the project will be considered by a panel of transportation industry experts for the Grand Prize, and subject to open public voting for the People’s Choice Award. People’s Choice ballots can be cast online.

MassDOT had previously been selected as the winner of “Best Use of Technology & Innovation, Medium Project” category of America’s Transportation Awards on July 12 and was presented with the award at the Northeast Association of Transportation Officials (NASTO) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia that week.

“On behalf of the men and women of MassDOT, I want to thank AASHTO, AAA, and the Chamber of Commerce for recognizing our successful transition to AET,” said Acting Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We believe the goals of the program, which include increased safety, relief from traffic congestion in former toll plaza areas, and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, have begun to be realized, and are thrilled that our efforts will receive wider exposure as a result of their inclusion as a Top 12 project in America’s Transportation Awards.”

The transition to an AET system began last fall when manual toll collections on I-90 ended on October 28. Each of the 23 work zones on I-90 has had its own management, design, and construction plan. Road reconstruction activities in the all work zones around former toll plazas are on schedule to be completed by the end of this calendar year.

In transitioning to AET, MassDOT recognized that some travelers would be unaware of the transition from manual toll collections and therefore announced a “grace period” during which drivers who have received a Pay By Plate bill have had the opportunity to apply for a transponder and, after paying the bill in full and opening an E-ZPass account, to receive an automatic credit on their new E-ZPass account equal to the difference between the Pay By Plate and E-ZPassMA rate. This “grace period” applied to any Pay By Plate bill drivers received for the first 6 months after October 28, 2016, and still applies to a driver’s first Pay By Plate bill. Members of the public can obtain a free a transponder or take advantage of the continuing “grace period” policy by going online to www.ezdrivema.com or by calling the service center at 1-877-627-7745. Customers may also visit locations in-person and the EZDriveMA website has a list of those locations.

For more information about gantry rates and for other details about the EZDriveMA program, members of the public should visit:  www.massdot.state.ma.us/allelectronictolling or www.ezdrivema.com.

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