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New MassPike Toll Plan Means Savings For Western Mass. Drivers

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Toll charges on the Massachusetts Turnpike will be reduced in the Springfield area with the advent of an all-electronic tolling system.

   When cash toll booths are eliminated the existing toll rate structure will also be scrapped, according to MassDOT officials.  No tolls will be charged for travel between Exits 4 and 6 near Springfield and also between exits for Worcester. A MassDOT spokesperson said in a statement this would benefit people traveling short distances for work, school, or to the doctor.  Tolls were put back on the western section of the Mass Pike just last fall—15 years after being eliminated. All- electronic tolling is to be in place beginning in the summer of 2016.