The Massachusetts Turnpike Authority yesterday approved delaying a toll increase set for Thursday with the stipulation that the legislature must allocate at least $100 million to MassPike by July 1 or face a toll hike at that time.
The postponement follows an announcement last week by Gov. Deval Patrick and legislative leaders that they had come to a general agreement to address the authority’s troubled finances with reforms and pledged to allocate funds by July 1. For months, the governor has said MassPike needs more revenue through toll increases or a gas-tax hike. Senate leaders have stressed “reform before revenue.”