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Mass. will eliminate toll plazas, collectors

The state plans to eliminate highway toll collectors within three years, switching to an all-electronic system that would remove toll plazas — and with them cash, human interaction, and time-consuming bottlenecks — from the Massachusetts Turnpike and other roads, Governor Deval Patrick said Monday.

Replacing all plazas with sensors and cameras to keep traffic moving at highway speed could cost about $100 million, an expense the administration said would pay for itself in two to three years. It would also eliminate the need for expensive renovations to aging toll plazas.

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