The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) announced today that effective Friday, September 1, 2006, the Tobin Memorial Bridge will no longer issue "no-payment" envelopes to commuters who fail to pay the applicable toll at the bridge.
Failure to pay the applicable toll will result in a $50.00 fine issued to the registered owner of the vehicle via US mail. If it is the vehicle's first offense, and the fine is paid within 21 days of the date of the Violation Notice, the $50.00 fine will be reduced to $6.00 for a Class 1 vehicle. Each subsequent offense will result in a $50.00 fine.
Failure to pay the assessed fine will be reported to the Registry of Motor Vehicles and may result in non-renewal of vehicle registration or driver's license. Residents of states other than Massachusetts will be subject to penalties in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth.
The Tobin Memorial Bridge was erected between 1948 and 1949 and opened to traffic in 1950. At 2 miles long, the Tobin is the largest bridge in New England. With three travel lanes northbound on its lower level and three lanes southbound on the upper level, it is the critical link that connects North Shore residents and businesses to the larger economy. Each day 75,000, vehicles travel over the Tobin Bridge.