Already? Okay, I went for the attention grabbing headline. It’s more complicated than that, and the increase is minuscule, but based on recent feedback and pressure from Metrowest communities MassDOT has approved new toll rates which will rebalance the burden and ultimately cost drivers less. One might say that Newton got the short end of the stick. The result is a 15¢ increase for EZ-pass holders at the new Newtonville gantries going live later this month, from 20¢ to 35¢. Will this be enough to add to cut through pressures on Newton streets? We’ll never really know.

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