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International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association Applauds Tobin Memorial Bridge’s Move to All-Electronic Tolling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2014
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“Tolling once meant stop, but today, high-tech tolling means go, go, go,” said Patrick D. Jones, Executive Director and CEO of IBTTA

WASHINGTON, DC – On the heels of Monday’s transition by the Tobin Memorial Bridge to cashless, or all-electronic tolling (AET), Patrick D. Jones, Executive Director and CEO of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), the worldwide association representing toll facility owners and operators and the businesses that serve them, released the following statement applauding the move:

“IBTTA applauds the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s transition of the Tobin Memorial Bridge to all-electronic tolling. All-electronic tolling provides efficiencies and will ease congestion for Bostonians and New England drivers. New technologies being incorporated into today’s highways, bridges and tunnels offer safe and reliable mobility across the United States. 
 
“In the old days, you paid a toll by stopping at a tollbooth and handing your money to a person or dropping your coins in a basket. This frustrated motorists because they had to stop and wait to pay a toll.  Not anymore – it’s no longer your grandfather’s tolling. Tolling once meant stop, but today high-tech tolling means go, go, go.”
 
The decision by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to transition the Tobin Memorial Bridge to all-electronic tolling last week is part of a pilot for plans to transition cashless tolls statewide.  All-electronic toll collection is a trend occurring across the country.   
 
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About IBTTA
The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) is the worldwide association for the owners and operators of toll facilities and the businesses that serve them. Founded in 1932, IBTTA has members in more than 20 countries on six continents. Through advocacy, thought leadership and education, members are implementing state-of-the-art, innovative user-based transportation financing solutions to address the critical infrastructure challenges of the 21st century. For more information, visit www.ibtta.org or join us on Twitter @IBTTA or #TollRoads.