Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick last week called for dismantling the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and merging it into another state transportation agency. Meanwhile, one MassPike board member is calling for immediate toll hikes to help boost debt service coverage on $2.4 billion of debt.

MassPike board member Mary Connaughton said that she has called for an emergency board meeting in the hopes of bringing a proposed toll increase to a vote, although the meeting has yet to be scheduled.

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