Highway officials took public testimony Thursday Night in Lenox on proposed fares for the Massachusetts Turnpike, when the road goes to all-electronic tolling next month. It was the last of seven such hearings held across the state.
Only a handful in the small crowd addressed transportation officials about the plan, and most just had a question or two.
But Pittsfield State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier had a complaint. She said given Berkshire County’s aging population, she thinks it’s unfair older people who are reluctant to get E-ZPasses, will be charged double for a trip from Lee to Boston.
“If I’m a senior that lives in Pittsfield, and only occasionally travels on the pike, I’m going to pay $11.10 for that trip, that one-way trip,” Farley-Bouvier said. “And they I’ve got to pay it again on the way back.”
The state is offering E-ZPass transponders for free. The final toll rates will be set in early October with the toll booths closing down at the end of the month.