Mass Turnpike AET Toll Rates Approved. Many Drivers Will Pay Less.

The Boston Globe reports, “Drivers with a Massachusetts-issued E-ZPass transponder will pay the same or less in tolls on nearly two-thirds of trips when all-electronic tolling begins later this month, under new rates approved Thursday [October 6]. The rates are largely unchanged from those recommended in late August, with a few exceptions. . . . Drivers will pay a bit less at gantries . . . on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Weston and Allston, and a bit more at one in Newton.” The report adds, “Under the initially proposed rates, drivers would have paid higher tolls for about nearly half of all trips, officials estimated. Now, tolls will be the same or less for about 64 percent of trips.”

According to a news release, Highway Administrator Thomas Tinlin told the department’s board of directors, “MassDOT received over 100 comments during the public process, and we adjusted our rate proposals according to the feedback we received.”

A turnpike toll calculator displays the current and new rates at each interchange.