Amount to be determined for Massachusetts Turnpike toll increase

| 8/30/2007

The Massachusetts Turnpike Authority may not know the exact amount of a scheduled toll increase until at least Sept. 18, a spokesman says.

At its next board meeting on that date, turnpike officials hope to have more numbers available to make an announcement about the scheduled Jan. 1, 2008, increase, spokesman Mac Daniel told Land Line on Thursday, Aug. 30.

The Turnpike Authority built scheduled increases into its schedule in 1997, but early reports for the 2008 increase indicate that truckers and commuters may be paying higher tolls than expected.

Costs associated with repairing the $14.6-billion Central Artery/Tunnel project known as the Big Dig may push tolls higher than anticipated.

A report by the Boston Globe indicated that tolls would increase more in the Boston area than in other turnpike locations, but Daniel said that is not the case.

“The increases would be turnpike-wide where tolls are currently,” he said.

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Daniel said many truckers use the Ted Williams Tunnel as opposed to the Sumner or Callahan tunnels in Boston.

Current rates for those tunnels are $7.50 for five-axles, $9 for six axles and $10.50 for seven axles.

– By David Tanner, staff writer

Staff Writer Reed Black contributed to this story