With electronic eyes set to take the place of toll plazas, Massachusetts transportation officials have proposed a tiered payment system that strongly favors those who obtain transponders from the state.

The all-electronic tolling system set to go live Oct. 28 will provide a 45-cent discount to drivers traveling the entire length of the Massachusetts Turnpike who have obtained a free EZPassMA transponder.

For drivers who lack any type of electronic tolling transponder, the cost of driving from New York to Logan Airport will nearly double from its current $7.10 to $13.40 plus a 60-cent billing fee. For drivers without a transponder, tolls once dropped in a bin or handed to a toll-taker as cash will be handled by the U.S. mail.

“That choice is going to cost you money, because it costs us money,” Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack told reporters Monday, ahead of a Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors meeting.

Overall the state expects toll revenues to slightly decrease, dropping from $128.1 million to $127.7 million on the portion of the Pike from Weston westward, and dropping from $225 million to $216.3 million on what’s called the Metropolitan Highway System – encompassing the eastern part of the Pike, the Tobin Bridge and the harbor tunnels.

“This is not a toll increase. This is a rate-setting process,” Pollack said.

The rates presented Monday could be altered before a final vote Oct. 6, and MassDOT plans to hold seven public meetings around the state starting Sept. 6.

State Preps For October Switch To Electronic Tolling On Turnpike

by State House News Service time to read: 1 min