Seriously, this is absolutely rediculous. If you live in the South Shore, you get to use these services for free. North Shore? At least $35 a week, about $1820 a year. That's 1820 a year that could be going to the local economy. That's $1820 that could be someone's food or phone or rent. That's $1820 that may cost people their jobs, no longer able to afford to commute into the city, especially those without good access to public transportation or who work during hours that the T is not open.
The death of the Turnpike Authority couldn't happen soon enough. Don't these people get it - middle class and working class people cross these bridges and tunnels every day? I couldn't even afford to cross the Tobin with these changes, and I use it frequently. I'm going to have to go all the way to Route 95, to catch Route 93, and go without the toll. The result? The MBTA loses my $3 a trip, I have to spend more on gas and I lose about 20 minutes of my day. It's a freaking lose, lose, lose.
It's well past time for this state to dump all the tolls, or at least those that aren't on the border, and just raise the gas tax by a small sum. 5-10 cents a gallon would make up the difference and then some, so we could focus on more roads beyond Greater Boston.
Update: How many people are going to change their commutes because of this? My guess? A lot. What does that mean? More traffic on 95, where people can catch Route 93 and avoid any toll. What does that mean? More traffic on 95, where the traffic is absolutely, positively horrendous. Worse yet, it means people will use more gas, contributing more toxic fumes to the climate. This is piss poor policy for the entire state. Obviously, we need to pay for the state's highways. That's why we have a gas tax. Raise it by 5-10 cents and share this burden, solving the problem in a far more fair and affordable way.