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Tollbooths could soon leave Tobin Bridge

The state will test an all-electronic tolling system on the Tobin Bridge this summer.

David L. Ryan/Globe staff/file 2003

The state will test an all-electronic tolling system on the Tobin Bridge this summer.

The state Department of Transportation announced it will test an all-electronic tolling system on Tobin Bridge this summer, allowing drivers to cross the bridge without stopping or slowing down to pay.

The traditional tollbooths on the bridge’s southbound upper deck will be replaced by cameras that capture images of vehicles’ license plates as they exit the bridge onto Rutherford Avenue or Interstate 93. The license numbers will be used to charge those drivers who do not have an E-ZPass transponder, MassDOT said today in a statement.

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During the testing period, MassDOT will evaluate the effectiveness of the system by examining the clarity of the captured images and evaluating performance during rush hour periods.

“The goal of the testing is to identify any failure points and make connections in advance of the permanent installation,” MassDOT said.

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