Friday, February 20, 2009


Toll hikes, now hinging on the fate of a gas tax hike, top the agenda of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority’s board of directors. The authority is slated for elimination under Gov. Patrick’s transportation reform proposal. Patrick said the vote Tuesday on a package of toll hikes would be “conditional,” and the toll increase would be rolled back if lawmakers approved his transportation reform proposal, which includes a 19-cent hike in the gas tax. How much the proposal will total was unclear on Friday. The agenda released by aides to the Executive Office of Transportation has “Toll Increase” in the top slot. Board members advanced in November a proposal expected to generate $100 million for the debt-saddled agency. Commuters coming into downtown Boston would see tolls in Allston rise to $2 from $1.25, with Weston tolls also rising by 75 cents. Tolls at the Sumner and Ted Williams tunnels would rise by $3.50, to $7. Commuters with the Fast Lane electronic toll transponders would see a $3 increase at the tunnels and a 50-cent increase at all other tolls. Board members are also expected to discuss federal stimulus funds, according to the agenda.

(Tuesday, 2 pm, 10 Park Plaza, 4th floor, Boston)

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