MassDOT Thanks Motorists for Avoiding the Pike During Toll Plaza Demolition reports that Thomas Tinlin, the state’s highway administrator, is thanking motorists for staying off the turnpike while MassDOT demolishes toll plazas made redundant by the state’s new AET system. “Ridership along [the] turnpike was down on Monday [October 31], between 6 to 10 percent, which made things a ‘heck of a lot better’ for state transportation officials, according to Tinlin. Tinlin said 13 out of 23 toll locations have been demolished, but he added that drivers should maintain 15 miles an hour speed when going through the former toll plazas.”