Today, MassDOT announced that the initial testing of the new All Electronic Tolling (AET) system is underway at the Tobin Bridge. Beginning this summer, customers will no longer stop or slow down to pay their Tobin Bridge toll.
The cameras and technology necessary to collect tolls at the posted speed limit are in place as motorists exit the Tobin Bridge to Rutherford Ave or Interstate 93 (customers may notice a flash associated with this testing). MassDOT will work to limit the intensity of the flash by altering the ambient lighting at the toll collection site. The cameras are capturing license plate images which will allow MassDOT to bill vehicle owners who do not have an E-ZPass transponder.
This initial testing phase includes testing the clarity of the images captured by the technology, checking connections to the back office computers and the interface with the Registry of Motor Vehicles. The testing will also compare actual collection at the existing toll plaza with the tolls recorded by the AET system, allow MassDOT to evaluate performance during periods of peak congestion and account for varying weather conditions. The goal of the testing is to identify any failure points and make corrections in advance of the permanent installation.
AET will go live on the Tobin Bridge this summer. All motorists are encouraged to join E-ZPass. There are multiple ways to join the program, including during upcoming live sign-up sessions with the E-ZPass Street Team at the Chelsea Market Basket, 160 Everett Ave:
• Friday, June 6 from 11am to 5pm
• Saturday, June 7 from 10am to 4pm
• Monday, June 9 thru Friday, June 13 from 11am to 5pm
• Saturday, June 14 from 10am to 4pm
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