Highway Officials Tout Success of All-Electronic Tolling

BOSTON (AP) — State transportation officials are touting early successes of the new all-electronic tolling system along the Massachusetts Turnpike.

The state Transportation Department says since the system went live in late October, drivers traveling east along the highway from the Interstate 495 junction to South Boston saw up to 12 minutes of travel time savings on average.

The agency says the gantries that span the highway electronically gathering tolls have registered more than 50 million transactions as of Dec. 4.

Efforts to get motorists to use E-ZPass transponders have also been successful, with more than 3 million now in circulation in the state.

Toll booth demolition and roadway reconstruction continues on schedule at 23 work areas.

Drivers without transponders are billed by mail for their tolls, but they pay more.

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