Some Commuters Are Unpleasantly Surprised by the Mass Turnpike’s AET Rate Structure

The Boston Globe reports, “When the state Department of Transportation announced the new toll rates on the Massachusetts Turnpike, drivers seemed to be getting a good deal. Two-thirds of trips on the highway would cost the same or less, officials said, and the move to all-electronic tolling would be largely ‘revenue-neutral.’” But now, The Globe notes, “for some commuters, particularly in the Newton area, the new overhead gantries are quietly siphoning more money from their transponder accounts, a jump that has caught many off guard.” (One commuter tells the newspaper he “will probably wind up paying more than $300 a year in additional toll costs.”) State highway administrator Thomas Tinlin responds by pointing to the widespread mobility and environmental benefits wrought by AET.