Post Content

Tobin Bridge from Chelsea, August 13, 2010MassDOT announced plans are underway to implement on the Tobin Bridge All Electronic Tolling (AET), a form of toll collection that saves drivers from both stopping and slowing down to pay their toll. MassDOT has scheduled a series of informational meetings to inform North Shore commuters and answer questions about the upcoming transition.

“With the implementation of this innovative form of toll collection we are saying to our customers that their time is valuable,” said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey. “We are also increasing safety and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by cutting congestion and the time spent idling at the cash booth.”

Beginning early in 2014, motorists will no longer have the option to stop at a toll booth and pay cash for their Tobin Bridge toll. Tolls will be collected electronically in one of two ways: either through the motorist’s E-ZPass transponder or via a program in which a camera captures the license plate and the vehicle’s registered owner is billed by mail. A contractor has been selected to install the gantry or overhead collection system and work is beginning to support the technical back-office operations.

The informational meeting series will include timeframes and the benefits of AET such as reduced congestion, increased safety and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.  Motorists will be able to sign up for an E-ZPass transponder on-site.

MassDOT is encouraging motorists to join E-ZPass in advance of the transition and making it easier than ever for new customers to join E-ZPass. MassDOT is planning a new North Shore Customer Walk-In Center as well as putting a new mobile E-ZPass registration vehicle on the road this summer to reach those motorists still using cash.

Despite the introduction of transponders and electronic toll collection in the late 1990s, a significant portion of Tobin Bridge customers still elect to pay with cash. In 2012, there were 4.1 million cash transactions on the Tobin Bridge, an average of more than 11,000 each day.

E-ZPass transponders are now available at 17 AAA branches and 20 Registry of Motor Vehicles branches. You can also order a transponder online: www.Mass.gov/EZPassMA.

A list of informational meetings is available after the break.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING SERIES SCHEDULE

LYNN
Thursday, May 23, 2013
City Hall Chamber         
3 City Hall Square
6pm-8pm            

WINTHROP
Thursday, June 13, 2013
DeLeo Senior Center
35 Harvard Street
6pm-8pm

CHELSEA
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Community Schools                        
Williams Building                      
180 Walnut Street           
 6pm-8pm 

*Chelsea residents who qualify for resident discount must bring a valid license, valid vehicle registration and recent utility bill to prove residency in order to participate in the live sign-up.   

SALEM
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Salem City Hall
93 Washington Street
6pm-8pm

REVERE
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 –Revere
Paul Revere School
395 Revere Street                     
6pm-8pm

SAUGUS
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Town Hall, Auditorium 
298 Central Street
6pm-8pm

Written By:

Recent Posts

Plan Ahead for July 4th Holiday Travel posted on Jun 22

Plan Ahead for July 4th Holiday Travel

MassDOT advises holiday travelers to plan ahead, utilize MassDOT’s “real time” travel tools and use public transportation where possible to reach their destinations during the upcoming July 4 holiday period. “We are encouraging anyone traveling for the Fourth to check public transportation schedules and use   …Continue Reading Plan Ahead for July 4th Holiday Travel

MassDOT, MBTA Five-Year $18.3 Billion Capital Investment Plan Approved posted on Jun 17

MassDOT, MBTA Five-Year $18.3 Billion Capital Investment Plan Approved

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors and MBTA Fiscal Management and Control Board today voted to approve the five-year $18.3 billion MassDOT and MBTA Capital Investment Plan (CIP) for Fiscal Years 2020-2024, an increase of approximately $1 billion over the last five-year CIP.   …Continue Reading MassDOT, MBTA Five-Year $18.3 Billion Capital Investment Plan Approved

MassDOT Announces Annual Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest posted on Jun 17

MassDOT Announces Annual Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest

MassDOT is announcing the sixth annual statewide high school video contest, Safe Streets Smart Trips. The contest serves as an initiative within the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan to promote and educate the public about safe walking, bicycling, and driving behaviors. The contest began five   …Continue Reading MassDOT Announces Annual Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest