SJC rules state can use Mass Pike tolls for Big Dig

The state’s highest court Thursday threw out a class action lawsuit filed by commuters who had object­ed to tolls collected on the Massachusetts Turnpike being used to pay for the nearly $25 billion Big Dig project.

All seven justices on the Supreme Judicial Court concluded that the financing scheme, which was heatedly opposed by thousands of commuters, was legal. In the lawsuit, the critics of the financing scheme wanted the state to refund more than $440 million commuters had paid in turnpike tolls, the SJC said.

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