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Old 07-21-2017, 05:57 PM   #1
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Massachusetts tolls.

Just received in the mail a citation from the Mass Turnpike for a unpaid toll of $3.90. the interesting part is they traced me with the trailer tag, not my truck tag. Now I know I paid all the tolls as I use the cash line up and back to New Brunswick, Canada 2 weeks ago.. Is it possible that someone did not push a button showing a toll was paid? They threaten non renewal of my registration but with 5 year tags on the trailer I'm not too concerned. But more curious as to why this happened?
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Old 07-21-2017, 06:16 PM   #2
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Just received in the mail a citation from the Mass Turnpike for a unpaid toll of $3.90. the interesting part is they traced me with the trailer tag, not my truck tag. Now I know I paid all the tolls as I use the cash line up and back to New Brunswick, Canada 2 weeks ago.. Is it possible that someone did not push a button showing a toll was paid? They threaten non renewal of my registration but with 5 year tags on the trailer I'm not too concerned. But more curious as to why this happened?
Hi: cpaharley2008... You're a victim of Mass transit. Cash is so hard to trace so I always ask for a receipt. In NY. they toll extra for over height. We break the bar and have to pay extra for air space usage. Alf
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Old 07-21-2017, 06:45 PM   #3
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Some parts of the Mass Pike do not have toll booths, instead have readers over the highway. If you do not have an EZ Pass, they take a picture of your license plate and mail you the bill.
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Old 07-21-2017, 06:56 PM   #4
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Some parts of the Mass Pike do not have toll booths, instead have readers over the highway. If you do not have an EZ Pass, they take a picture of your license plate and mail you the bill.
This is correct, they are removing all the toll booths. Not a citation, just a bill if only 3.90. The last fine I had was $50.

The PA EZ-pass would work, saves about 50% over the mailed bill.
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Old 07-21-2017, 07:24 PM   #5
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Do your best to stay off the Illinois Tollway System if you have a twin axle trailer. They charge you about $4.20 for your trailer/toll plaza. (How interesting that they call the site of a state sponsored highway robbery a "plaza") It doesn't matter that my tow vehicle weighs half a ton more than my trailer, they still charge 4X the cost of the tow vehicle alone.
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Old 07-21-2017, 07:35 PM   #6
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Tolls

Tolls are a fact of life. I remember paying the $.10 to cross into Missouri 50 years ago when we made the high speed firecracker runs back in the day. I go through Chicago several times a year and just sigh and pay the freight. Then onto the Indiana tollway for a few miles, another toll. Then up into Michigan across the blue water bridge into Ontario, another $9.00. US or $12.00 CAN. I don't run the toll roads if I don't have to but when it makes good economic sense I take them. Grin and bear it as the old man used to say. Course I get them back with the Cosmo Kramer con taking Iowa nickel cans into Dime Michigan returns. Just kidding, ain't got time for that nonsense, got beer to drink.
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Old 07-21-2017, 08:28 PM   #7
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The Garcon Point Bridge in Santa Rosa County, Florida has a toll of $3.75, which is already unsustainable for that local economy; hardly anyone uses the bridge. I took my trailer down to the local Camping World to have some work done, and the closest route involved crossing the bridge. I thought I'd pay .25 or .50 extra for each axle but noooo-- it was $3.75 for each additional axle, totaling $11.25! Needless to say I returned home via another route.

I don't mind tolls, to a point, if they are for a particular purpose such as to maintain a suspension bridge or other bridge that requires maintenance. But state legislatures tend to play shell games with funds like this and shuffle the money to fund other stuff, some of which is nonsense imho. You can't trust the government to do what it says it will do with your toll money.
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Old 07-22-2017, 06:41 AM   #8
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You can't trust the government to do what it says it will do with your toll money.
You can't trust the government to do what it says it will do with any money it collects from you. Those running the government do whatever they please. It's not just highway or bridge tolls.
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Old 07-22-2017, 07:17 AM   #9
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I can see that this thread is going nowhere good rather quickly.
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Old 07-22-2017, 07:56 AM   #10
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I was surprised how the tolls added up going from Ohio to Cape Hatteras on the Penn Turnpike. Almost $70 one way. On the return we took I70 through Wheeling cutting the toll down to about $20. Avoided the nasty construction on I76 through Akron.
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