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Old 02-23-2010, 11:08 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Toll Collectors Gone Wild - February 22, 2010
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:12 AM
 
Location: NJ
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i dont mean it as funny what the collectors do. because its not i meant how tsg got these reports.. and how like you never hear of this stuff. if a toll collector ever spoke to me like they do,they wouldn't have fingers to collect any money. my husband would not be very happy..
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:33 AM
 
Location: 38 38' 45" N, -90 20' 08" W
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There an obvious and simple solution: bulldoze these tolls to the ground, much in the same manner as the state of Connecticut did 30 years ago. There's absolutely no reason that you should have to pay for a road through tolls. Raise the gasoline tax instead.

By the way, at least in the case of the Turnpike, from the GWB down to exit 10, the road is I-95. That means it's an interstate highway, and the federal portion of the gasoline tax pays for that road anyway. This amounts to a 'double screwing' on the part of the NJ motorist.
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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interesting how miserable these people could be. bulldoze the tolls sounds fine to me. but then what would we do with the toll collectors!
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Old 02-23-2010, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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There an obvious and simple solution: bulldoze these tolls to the ground, much in the same manner as the state of Connecticut did 30 years ago. There's absolutely no reason that you should have to pay for a road through tolls. Raise the gasoline tax instead.

By the way, at least in the case of the Turnpike, from the GWB down to exit 10, the road is I-95. That means it's an interstate highway, and the federal portion of the gasoline tax pays for that road anyway. This amounts to a 'double screwing' on the part of the NJ motorist.
You are quite accurate with your assessment there Mike.
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:01 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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There are many shortcuts to avoid sum tolls on the Turnpike & alot on the Parkway and most New Jersey Drivers learn this overtime.
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:28 PM
 
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interesting how miserable these people could be. bulldoze the tolls sounds fine to me. but then what would we do with the toll collectors!
They'll find jobs in customer service somewhere and we will meet them again.
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Old 02-23-2010, 02:15 PM
 
Location: 38 38' 45" N, -90 20' 08" W
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They'll find jobs in customer service somewhere and we will meet them again.
The problem is you'd probably meeting them again on the Manhattan side of the Holland Tunnel, where they'd have squeegies. Think about the required intellect to perform these tasks. Really, it comes down to soft skills: just be nice to people. Most can't even muster that up. Toll collectors are at the bottom of the employment barrel. Scrubbing garbage cans might above their capacity. Think of it as passive white collar welfare.
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Old 02-23-2010, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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The problem is you'd probably meeting them again on the Manhattan side of the Holland Tunnel, where they'd have squeegies. Think about the required intellect to perform these tasks. Really, it comes down to soft skills: just be nice to people. Most can't even muster that up. Toll collectors are at the bottom of the employment barrel. Scrubbing garbage cans might above their capacity. Think of it as passive white collar welfare.
Ya know......quite some time ago Ann Landers did a national survey. One was to vote for the most boring person by trade, the overwhelming vote was that Engineers were the most boring people. The other question was what was the most boring job and Toll Collector came in at number 1.

Like the Comedian Rodney Carrington says in his skits: What's the qualification for being a Toll Collector? Breathing?
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Old 02-24-2010, 09:35 AM
 
Location: 38 38' 45" N, -90 20' 08" W
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Ya know......quite some time ago Ann Landers did a national survey. One was to vote for the most boring person by trade, the overwhelming vote was that Engineers were the most boring people. The other question was what was the most boring job and Toll Collector came in at number 1.

Like the Comedian Rodney Carrington says in his skits: What's the qualification for being a Toll Collector? Breathing?
To be fair, I wonder how many other turnpike authorities field similar complaints such as these. The Delaware Turnpike booth comes to mind immediately, though in that case, it's probably out of state motorists that are in a state of apoplexy about the size of the toll exacted on them for driving on 20 miles of road.

The Atlantic City Expressway, the forgotten toll road in NJ, that's another one. I wonder how many complaints were fielded after the motorist has gambled his last nickel, then finds a discarded silver dollar from slot machine, and the toll collector takes exception to the form of payment!
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