The move to electronic tolling on the Massachusetts Turnpike has shaved about 12 minutes off morning commutes, state transportation officials said Wednesday.
Officials said the first phase of demolition work on the toll plazas was completed ahead of schedule, and that morning travel times heading east between Interstate 495 and the entrance to the Ted Williams Tunnel in South Boston were as much as 12 minutes shorter when compared to the weeks before all-electronic tolling.
“The transition to all-electronic tolling has been a smooth one, and we believe the public has started to realize the goals of the program, which include increasing safety, some relief from traffic congestion, and a reduction in greenhouse gases,” said Stephanie Pollack, the state’s transportation secretary.
More than 3 million transponders are now in circulation, a record, officials said.
Since the beginning of electronic tolling, the overhead gantries have recorded more than 50 million transactions. About 86 percent were completed with transponders.
From the start of the program in late October, the state has mailed nearly 590,000 invoices to customers without transponders.Olivia Quintana can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @oliviasquintana.