2013-10-23: Governor Deval Patrick this week highlighted all-electronic tolling conversion on the Massachusetts Turnpike and announced a new $260 million project in Allston to take advantage of the closure of the several toll plazas there. He was making a major speech on his transportation policy initiatives at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.
Toll collection will be resumed for cars Tuesday Oct 15 at the six western interchanges on the Massachusetts Turnpike after a 16 year hiatus. Tolls for cars were zeroed out at the order of then Governor William WEld to assuage the outrage of western constituents over the Turnpike Authority's vast spending on the Big Dig in dowtown Boston, most of which is untolled.
2013-08-19: Seventeen mixed cash and E-ZPass toll plazas on the Mass Pike's ticket system are being replaced by ten mainline toll points, under the plan for going cashless with all-electronic tolling (AET.) The schedule provides for a Go-Live date for AET systemwide early 2017.
October 15 is MassDOT's target date for the restoration of car tolls at interchanges 1 (West Stockbridge) thru 6 (Springfield/I-291) at the western end of the Turnpike. The re-tolling is required by legislation recently passed. It must follow public hearings to be held at two towns nearby.
2012-05-03: Massachusetts Turnpike, the Airport tunnels and Tobin Bridge yellow-on-black FAST LANE signs are being replaced by white-on-purple E-ZPass starting next week. And the white-on-green Citizens Bank advertisements atop the electronic toll lane signs will disappear too.
The November 2009 absorption of the Massachusetts Turnpike into the state DOT has fallen well short of producing the savings promised beforehand. But there's widespread disagreement over the extent of savings, if any. This from Jon Marcus of the Center for Investigative Reporting of Boston University (BU).
Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will drop the transponder tolling brand FAST LANE and adjacent Citizens Bank signs around October 1st next year when its sponsorship contract with the bank expires. The state is going mainstream and adopting the E-ZPass brand-name.
It isn't just Penn Pike bigshots who have trouble with the booze. Massachusetts Turnpike's colorful former chairman and CEO Matt Amorello was booked by police for drunk driving, and leaving the scene of a crash, in the early hours of Saturday morning. He was held in the local lockup overnight.
The incident occurred on River Road, a major surface arterial in Haverhill, a northern suburb of Boston.
Massachusetts state officials are moving to negate a landmark air rights lease to Winn developers and pension fund Calpers for default. The developers were granted a 99 lease on the air rights over the Turnpike in the heart of Boston for what is known as Columbus Center, a $625m 1.4m ft2 (130k m2) mix of residential, office and hotel buildings to be built on a deck over the Turnpike.
The Boston Herald reports that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and his transportation secretary Jeffrey Mullan met Jan 28 with Raytheon officials to hear their pitch on the potential for all-electronic tolling (AET).