No toll relief is to be expected on the Massachusetts Turnpike. Apparently the state's Inspector General (who was nowhere to be seen during the Big Dig), has determined that the Turmpike Authority cannot replace the western toll revenue with revenue from the service plazas. Why? Because
...money from the lease of the service plazas can be used only for the operation and maintenance of the turnpike.
It's a self-perpetuating authority. It exists to take care of itself. It is because it is. "Operation and maintenance of the turnpike" means turnpike authority salaries - patronage jobs. Shut down the authority, and the plaza revenues should be plenty to cover the extra maintenance cost incurred by the Massachusetts Highway Department.
It's not the tolls I object to, it's the organized criminal enterprise they fund.