Christy Mihos, a member of the Massachusetts Turnpike
Authority board, has proposed a plan that would require drivers to pay tolls on
the Turnpike Extension when entering Boston, but not when leaving, The Boston Globe reported Jan. 27.
Incoming tolls would be doubled, but drivers headed home
would no longer have to wait at toll gates.
In addition, Mihos told the newspaper
that the plan would save money by eliminating staffing for outgoing toll
booths. In addition, the state would pay less in fees for its Fast Lane
automatic toll collection system, which costs the state 8 cents each time it is
However, the plan is not without
critics, or problems. The MetroWest Daily
News reported that the rest of the Turnpike Authority board would have to
OK the plan. But those members have had a number of public battles with Mihos.
In addition, a Turnpike spokesman told the newspaper the plan would encourage
toll evasion by inbound drivers, who could avoid tolls in the morning by taking