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Tolling GantryMassDOT has announced that new infrastructure for two vertical gantry supports on the East Boston sides of the Sumner and Callahan Tunnels will begin to be installed late tonight, June 22.  Installation work will continue during off-peak hours during the next several days with gantries scheduled to be activated in October.

MassDOT would like to remind the public that when the Commonwealth transitions to All Electronic Tolling (AET), the Sumner and Callahan tunnels will be tolled in both directions but the electronic tolling will be “revenue neutral” so that under AET , the fare in each direction will be half of what drivers currently pay for traveling in one direction.

For example, the toll currently for a passenger vehicle with E-ZPass is $3.00 to travel westbound.  When electronic tolling is activated, the charge will be split, so west and eastbound drivers will each be charged $1.50.  After electronic tolling is turned on, current residential discounts will remain in place for drivers from certain communities and the discount will also be split into two separate transactions of 20-cents per trip for eastbound drivers who are eligible and 20-cents for westbound drivers who are eligible.

AET gantries are large metal structures that are fixed to the ground and hang over the road. Installations of infrastructure for gantries are almost complete on the Commonwealth’s roads where current toll plazas have been in place.  Work on new installations continues to be weather-dependent.

MassDOT intends to test the AET system during the summer months this year and, if testing is successful, to activate AET in October.  Once the AET system is activated for testing, drivers may notice a brief camera flash as they pass under a gantry.  After AET “goes live,” existing toll plazas in the state will be demolished and interchanges will be reconfigured.

When AET is activated, vehicles will be tolled in both directions, when entering the Sumner/Callahan tunnels and when exiting the tunnels. Passenger vehicles with two axles that have an E-Z Pass transponder will pay $1.50 when traveling westbound and $1.50 when traveling eastbound.  Qualified drivers from East Boston, the North End and South Boston that have an E-Z Pass transponder will pay 20-cents as they enter and as they exit the tunnels. Currently, qualified residents pay 40-cents when traveling westbound only.

For more information about AET, please visit the MassDOT All Electronic Tolling website.

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