by a five-member task force has indicated that higher tolls
on the Massachusetts Turnpike have increased traffic significantly
in Newton, MA, a suburb on Boston's west side, The MetroWest
Daily News reported Feb. 5.
also said adding tolls to an exit that had been fee free
would only increase the problem.
force – which included Ellen Hume, a Newton Corner, MA, resident
and activist on Pike issues; West Newton, MA, resident Joan
McGrath; and three state officials – studied the effects
of a proposed 75-cent toll on the West Newton exit on the
turkpike, the newspaper reported.
that while the tolls would ease traffic at one exit, it would
add 1,500 cars daily onto city streets between the West Newton
and Newton Corners exits on the highway. The West Newton
exit – called Exit 16 – has been toll free since 1996.