MassDOT’s Buyout of Former Turnpike Toll Collectors Costs Nearly $12 Million

Boston Herald reports on the final cost of buyouts MassDOT negotiated with turnpike toll collectors who were displaced by the shift to all-electronic tolling. “The overall cost of sweeping nearly 500 workers from tollbooths grows to $11.9 million when factoring in additional buyouts and lump-sum payments. But officials say it actually falls well below the $17.8 million MassDOT had budgeted for buyouts, after fewer workers than expected took the retirement packages, instead opting to take other state jobs.”