Should the State Install High-Speed Tolls on I-93?

Asked about toll fairness during a Patch live chat, Gov. Deval Patrick asked a reader whether he'd support high-speed tolls. Are these a good way to share the transportation funding pain, or another money grab?

Are high-speed tolls along Interstate 93 and other highways a smart way to help fund transportation in the state? Gov. Deval Patrick mentioned such a system during a Patch live chat on Thursday.

If you've gone up Interstate 95 into New Hampshire, you've seen high-speed tolling in action. The system is designed to read your EZ-Pass (formerly Fast Lane) transponder while you breeze by at 65 mph. There's no need to slow down or squeeze though a booth, as EZ-Pass users currently do on the Mass. Pike, Tobin Bridge and harbor tunnels.

The chat moved on to other topics, so no details about implementation were offered.

What do you think? Would tolls along I-93 offer some fairness to riders in Boston, MetroWest and the North Shore, who all pay tolls getting into the city? Or are tolls in general a bad way to fund transportation projects in the state? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Saber Walsh September 28, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Tolls and other taxes are like crack to politicians. Just say, "NO!!!!"
Camille September 28, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I just hate that I pay a toll every day on the Tobin AND have to sit in traffic til due to lane restrictions. It is a double whammy
James H Cavanaugh September 28, 2012 at 08:20 PM
No way, we won't pay!


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