Massachusetts Transportation Officials unveil a plan to eliminate cash at toll booths on the Mass Pike. They say an all-electronic toll system could help drivers. But as YNN's Madeleine Rivera reports, not everyone thinks it's a good idea.
MASSACHUSETTS -- State transportation officials say it would decrease congestion on the Mass Pike. The all-electronic toll system would eliminate the need for cash at toll booths, and allow cars to continue traveling at highway speeds.
However, the project comes with a price tag of $250 million.
If the all-electronic system was put in place, drivers would be charged one of two ways. One option is to use an EZ Pass. The other option is receive a monthly bill through a system that would scan license plates.
"I think it's important to have a cash system. I know when I travel and I rent a car, it's just a hassle for me," said Leslie Abramowitz, a Richmond resident.
"People are going to be without jobs again, right? So that's another thing you have to consider," said Caleb Hughes, a Pittsfield resident.
According to a spokesperson for the MassDOT, about 300 jobs would be cut. But some opponents of the plan don't believe it will even reduce the traffic.
"If a machine malfunctions, it could cause extreme back-up," said Hughes.
"People use the EZ Pass, and those lanes could get blocked as well just because there's so many people going through. What would help traffic is more lanes," said Abramowitz.
MassDOT will hold public hearings on the all-electronic tolling plan at the end of August in Worcester and Springfield. If the proposal passes, the system will be implemented in 2017.