The Turnpike Authority, in its infinite wisdom, thinks we're idiots. As if I were a gentleman, I'm returning the favor.
"Rather than establish a new toll months before the new increases are set to take effect in January, it was decided it would be easier for our customers to simply open the U-turn with a new toll in January," said Turnpike Authority spokesman Mac Daniel.The real motivation here is outcry suppression. To reverse this stupid policy decision, I recommend outcry.
This is one of those occasions when a private business really would do better than a public authority. They'd spin it, too - introductory discount!!! - but they'd get the beneficial service up and running immediately.
(I do think it's relevant that Mac Daniel is a former Boston Globe reporter. However, it doesn't seem to have affected this story, which is refreshingly direct.)