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6 Public Meetings Scheduled To Discuss Tobin Bridge Toll Changes

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Open road tolls don't require toll booths or toll collectors. (Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Open road tolls don’t require toll booths or toll collectors. (Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

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BOSTON (CBS) – Six public meetings have been scheduled to discuss MassDOT’s plan to eliminate the cash toll option and implement high speed electronic tolls beginning on the Tobin Bridge next year.

The pilot program on the Tobin is expected to eventually lead to statewide electronic tolling.

The meetings set up for Lynn, Chelsea, Winthrop, Salem, Revere and Saugus are intended to answer commuter questions and hear feedback.

Once the open road tolling system is in place, drivers will have two options for paying tolls.

They can either use an E-ZPass transponder or a camera will capture their license plate and will send the vehicle’s registered owner a bill in the mail.

MassDOT says the tolling system will reduce traffic congestion, increase safety, cut greenhouse gas emissions and save money for the state.

That additional revenue will be a result of toll takers losing their jobs, since the new system doesn’t require toll booths or toll collectors.

Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Richard Davey told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 earlier this month that statewide, 350 toll workers across the state will lose their jobs by mid-2015.

To view the schedule for informational meetings, visit the DOT website.

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