But in the long run, Patrick said he hopes to eliminate all tolls except those at the state borders and harbor tunnels.Tolls are horrid policy because they're a) expensive and b) impact everyone just the same, including and especially those who can least afford it. Combine that with all the increases at the MBTA - including adding $2 for parking - and there's no good, affordable way into the city. This impacts countless people on the North Shore and Metro West, many of whom don't earn that much money.
Why not get rid of all tolls, at least those not on state borders, and spread the cost around to the entire state in a fair manner. A 10 cent addition to the gas tax would totally offset the need for tolls, while cutting the major costs of our state's highway system. This really is a no brainer.