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

Asked about toll fairness during a Patch live chat, Governor 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? Governor Deval Patrick mentioned such a system during a Patch live chat 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 (new Fast Lane) transponder while you breeze by at 65 miles per hour. 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 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.

crenshaw September 28, 2012 at 12:16 PM
congest 93 for more revenue. geesh hate to see it durring rush hr
richard cranium September 28, 2012 at 03:42 PM
NO!! we already pay a gas tax for the roads.
Don September 28, 2012 at 04:43 PM
YEEEEEssss. right on the NH border. The traffic would back up into NH and our roads would be clearer, safer and less of a hastle with out some NH tailgator on your back. Plus, the tolls would pay for the roads here, let them pay for it. I mean, have the toll southbound, the northbound would be toll free.

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