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DCIM100MEDIADJI_0052.JPGMassDOT is reminding members of the public to vote for the project to implement All Electronic Tolling (AET) on I-90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike) as it is a finalist in the ongoing America’s Transportation Awards competition.

The winning projects will receive $10,000 for a charity or transportation-related scholarship of their choosing, and individuals are eligible to vote online once every 24 hours.

“The end of manual toll collection and implementation of All Electronic Tolling has already provided numerous benefits, as for example in June, drivers who traveled along I-90 during the morning commute from I-95 into Boston on average had a 10-minute faster commute compared to the same trip in June 2016,” said Acting Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “AET was also implemented to increase safety, reduce congestion, and provide environmental benefits as studies have shown that it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 7,800 tons per year. We appreciate the honor of being recognized in this important competition and encourage individuals to vote online and help us receive these funds that will be donated to a charity or scholarship.”

America’s Transportation Awards is a contest held jointly by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 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.

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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