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Grace Period Ends for Massachusetts Turnpike Toll Users without Transponders

When the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) converted the Massachusetts Turnpike to all-electronic tolling (AET) six months ago, the organization instituted a grace period for pay-by-plate customers, giving them time to get used to AET and evaluate transponder-based alternatives.

As previously announced, the MassDOT is ending the grace period for existing pay-by-plate customers today, May 9, 2017. Drivers on the Mass Pike who incur toll based on the vehicle's license plate will pay a higher rate than drivers who incur toll with a compatible transponder in the vehicle.

The MassDOT recently issued a six-month update on its AET implementation, including details on the end of the grace period and a variety of statistics. The agency reported that data from the new AET system indicated a greater than 99 percent accuracy rate for capturing toll usage.

Since AET started, the MassDOT has processed toll from more than 4.3 million accounts, including a large number of Bestpass customers.