Say Goodbye to Tollbooths
According to News Channel 13, Governor Cuomo wants NY to be in the 21st century. He proposes doing away with toll booths.
Now, when I saw that and the title of the article I was ecstatic. Like, no more tolls!? Yes, please. That, however, is not actually the case. What will happen is everything will become electronic. So, if you have an EZ Pass already, you have nothing to worry about. Without an EZ Pass, you will have the license plate on your car scanned and receive a bill in the mail. Oh, and did I mention- without an EZ Pass, you will be raked over the coals and charged around twice the amount? Yeah.
I don't like the idea of that. Sure, I can get an EZ Pass and that will solve the problem, but I, like many other people in this world, am horrible with bills. Need me to pay up front, okay, that can be done.
This actually isn't a far-off pipe dream. It is proposed to happen in NYC, and will make all bridges automated. As of Oct. 28, the Mass Pike will be completely electronic. So, expect to see this happen in New York before too long. Don't get me wrong -- there are benefits. Right off the bat, you won't have to wait at a toll both for painstakingly long anymore.
A big, giant negative to this entire thing is the thousands of hard-working people who work at toll booths; this change could potentially eliminate their jobs. We all, day in and day out, drive by these people without a thought in our minds, but they still need that job.
The full story is below from News Channel 13: