RW where are you? When i saw this he first thing i thought of was how much you like the MTA MTA approves turnpike toll increase MTA approves turnpike toll increase Updated: Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009, 3:38 PM EST Published : Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009, 3:38 PM EST BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts Turnpike Authority's board of directors has approved a two-stage hike in tolls that would be repealed if the Legislature approves a proposed gas tax increase. The board voted 4-1 Tuesday to hike eastern Massachusetts tolls to $1.50 at the Allston-Brighton and Weston booths, and $5.50 at the Boston Harbor tunnel crossings, effective March 29. The board also voted to raise tolls to $2 at Allston-Brighton and Weston and $7 at the tunnels, effective July 1. Those tolls currently are $1.25 and $3.50. Both proposed increases would be rolled back if the Legislature approves Gov. Deval Patrick's plan to increase the state's gasoline tax by 19 cents per gallon. The governor proposed the gas tax hike as an alternative to a doubling of tolls initially approved by the Turnpike board in November.