MA Turnpike Taxes – No Free Ride – with Gas Tax Increase, MA Statehouse Adds Pain to the Pocketbook – How to avoid the Massachusetts Turnpike.
The Mass Turn Pike, plenty of Options to to take a slightly more interesting scenic ride and avoid the tolls. Image Wikipedia
From the Western Mass Republican’s Mass Live Website – headlines – After 17 year free ride…..referring to the new increase in tolls on the Pike between the Springfield MA exists thorough to the Pike’s end at the NY State line. To be sure, the turnpike tolls, when removed, were done so in order to note that the project had paid for itself (or more to the point, Western Mass had paid for itself) thus the reprieve.
However, since the Bay State mimics the Federal Government in too many ways to count, one might want to take advantage of the back road, or state routes that can get one from Springfield to Chicopee, or the end of the Mass Pike – giving oneself an extra 10 minutes traveling times, and in some instances, the ride is actually shorter!
1. Check Google Maps: (or one’s GPS) and one can find:
A ride from Chicopee to Randall’s Farms in Ludlow (always a toll ride):
According to Google maps – a ride on rt. 90 (Mass Pike) takes 15 minutes, a ride through the city takes 20 minutes – a shorter route, with 5 minutes added to the ride.
From Chicopee To Westfield (used to be “free”) – a ride on rt. 90 (Mass Pike) takes 37 minutes, but a ride on north grand street, takes 40 – adding 3 minutes to the drive time.
And so on. The best way to save money, and spend a little extra time in one’s car is to avoid the Toll Road for local travel.
One get’s to see the sites, and have the satisfaction of avoiding yet another MA tax!