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Old 11-05-2012, 06:28 PM
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84% of vehicles in Illinois actually use the open road tolling and don't have to stop at all. The lanes of traffic continue on with transponders hanging above the road that read a small box in your car to deduct the toll (it's all hooked up to bank accounts). People who actually need to pay in cash (about 15%) have to exit off to the right, pay the toll and then merge back into the mainstream of traffic.

For those who do stop it's all green arrows and red X's.

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Old 10-01-2015, 09:33 AM
Location: Toms River, NJ
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Speaking of toll plaza lane status indicators, does anyone have any idea as to what the light dot bars above these toll booths might mean? The photo was taken in 1932 at the Staten Island toll booth of the then recently completed Bayonne Bridge. I lived in Bayonne, NJ in the 1950s, and the indicators were still in use then, and no one knew what they meant then (well, neither my parents nor my friends).

(Some have suggested a clock of some sort, with one indicating the hour, and the other the minute, but shadows indicate photo was taken mid-to late afternoon.)

I suppose they were hi-tech in 1932, but sure are strange.
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Old 10-04-2015, 01:14 PM
Location: Philaburbia
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Originally Posted by Pink Jazz View Post
The problem with ball lights isn't necessarily due to color blindness in some people, it is due to ambiguity of the meaning of the lights. A red ball light on a tollbooth doesn't indicate stop, it indicates the lane is closed. At the same time, unless you have an electronic toll collection transponder, a green ball light doesn't indicate go, as you have to stop if you are paying cash.
I'd rather go with the color blindness theory than think that people are stupid enough to not understand what a red light or a green light means at a toll booth.
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