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Do High-Speed Tolls Make Sense in Mass.?

Asked about toll fairness during a Patch live chat, Governor Deval Patrick asked a reader whether he'd support high-speed tolls. Are these a good way to share the transportation funding pain, or another money grab?

Are high-speed tolls along Interstate 93 and other highways a smart way to help fund transportation in the state? Governor Deval Patrick mentioned such a system during a Hamilton-Wenham Patch live chat on Thursday.

If you've gone up Interstate 95 into New Hampshire, you've seen high-speed tolling in action. The system is designed to read your EZ-Pass (new Fast Lane) transponder while you breeze by at 65 miles per hour. There's no need to slow down or squeeze though a booth, as EZ-Pass users currently do on the Tobin Bridge, the Massachusetts Pike and harbor tunnels.

The chat moved on to other topics, so no details about implementation were offered.

What do you think? Would tolls along I-93 offer some fairness to drivers from Danvers, many who all pay the Tobin Bridge toll getting into the city? Or are tolls in general a bad way to fund transportation projects in the state? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

richard boroff September 28, 2012 at 05:35 PM
All bridge and highway tolls should be at speed, not at a slow speed. My wife and I use on on the Garden State PKWY to visit family and it is quick and easy. Richard Boroff
Joseph Mullins September 28, 2012 at 09:57 PM
High Speed!!! Beep, Beep!

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