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Court Tosses Lawsuit On Mass. Pike Tolls

By Denise Lavoie, Associated Press
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The Weston toll booths on the Massachusetts Turnpike (file image)

The Weston toll booths on the Massachusetts Turnpike (file image)

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BOSTON (AP) — The highest court in Massachusetts has dismissed a lawsuit that claimed tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike were illegally being used to pay for the massive Big Dig highway project through downtown Boston.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports.

The 2009 lawsuit alleged the tolls amount to an illegal tax and that tolls can only be used to maintain the road on which they were collected.

It sought up to three years in toll rebates for potentially tens of thousands of drivers.

The Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday found that the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority is lawfully permitted to use toll revenues collected from users of toll roads and tunnels to pay for overhead, maintenance and capital costs associated with non-toll roads, bridges and tunnels.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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