Massachusetts transportation officials project taking in less money when all-electronic tolling takes effect on the Mass Pike.
State transportation officials project toll collections will be about $10 million less for the first year of electronic tolling. But with the money saved from not having to pay toll collectors, MassDOT says the project will end up being revenue-neutral.
Lenox State Rep. Smitty Pignatelli says tolls help pay for road maintenance and he hopes revenues don’t come up short.
“I think the revenue-neutral is important as long as they keep up on the maintenance, don’t defer maintenance,” Pignatelli said. “I think historically they’ve done a good job, but when communities and the state governments defer capital expenditures on maintenance, that’s when it catches up and we get into trouble.”
The state released proposed toll rates this week, with all-electronic tolling set to begin in late October.