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Mass. To Hold More Hearings On Electronic Tolls

Aug 19, 2013
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State transportation officials are holding two more public hearings on plans to switch to an all-electronic tolling system on the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Drivers would no longer be able to stop at toll booths and pay cash, under the proposal.

Tolls instead would be collected electronically through a driver's E-ZPass or by a new system that records license plate numbers and sends a bill to vehicle owners.

Officials are planning a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Worcester City Hall, followed by another public meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. at Springfield City Hall.


Kwanzaa, the seven day African American cultural celebration is underway. The city of Springfield Massachusetts Friday held its third annual official observance at city hall.    WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

Leaders of Springfield’s African American community stressed the seven principles that are the foundation of Kwanzaa  and the significance of each principle in building a stronger family and city. The audience, which included about 50 young children were encouraged to continue, or in some cases, begin a tradition of celebrating Kwanzaa at home.