MassDOT’s AET Launch Goes Smoothly as Toll Collectors Bid a Fond Farewell

Associated Press reports, “State highway officials say there have been 215,000 transactions since all-electronic tolling got underway on the Massachusetts Turnpike. Transportation officials held a news conference Saturday [October 29] to give an update since the system went into effect Friday night. State highway director Thomas Tinlin says motorists should plan for the next several weeks as they would for a snowstorm: Drive carefully, leave extra time or consider public transportation as an alternative.”

The Boston Globe chats up toll collectors on their final day in the lanes, reporting that some workers “were given the chance to apply for other state jobs, such as plowing highways or driving a bus, but others had decided to retire or move on, leaving behind jobs that can pay as much as $80,000 a year with overtime.”