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Old 02-20-2011, 05:51 PM   #1
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New England Nickle and Diming?

Last time DW and I were in the New England area we found we were continually brow beaten by toll collection on all the highways. Has this changed at all? I think that maybe somebody should inform their politicians that tourists already bring money to the area, they don't need to be robbed blind.
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:07 PM   #2
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A few years ago our Government introduced a proposal to make all interstate highways into toll roads in order to make them self-sustaining. I think it was shelved though, when the housing/financial/economic crisis came to the forefront.
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Can't think of a single toll road in Vermont...
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:27 PM   #4
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You have obviously not visited central or south Florida.
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:43 PM   #5
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Amazing how much toll roads are! We finally got the "fast pass" transponder which works on the Mass Pike, the NY toll roads, and roads west until Wisconsin, and the toll roads south. It's a much easier way to deal with the tolls, but we are so happy when we finally reach a state without tolls!!!!!
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George Carlin declared NJ the 'toll booth capital of the world!'. Don't let New England take that distinction from us!
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:20 PM   #7
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George Carlin declared NJ the 'toll booth capital of the world!'. Don't let New England take that distinction from us!
I just find that my unit gets way better mileage when I don't have to carry a ton of quarters with me.

An equally unpleasant surprise was the toll roads around Chicago on our way home.
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In the orlando area you don't make it to high gear before slowing down for the next toll.
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The Maine Turnpike, (US Rt #95) is the only toll road in Maine.

Pretty sure we spend much more out of state than in state. I'll check my EZPass account again to be sure.
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I got an e-mail from a fellow list member who told me
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Dennis, do like I do, slow down, go through the EZPass lane and then rejoin the flow of traffic. I've been doing that for years in our Betsy and nobody has sent us collection bills.
I wonder how effective that would be.
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I got an e-mail from a fellow list member who told me I wonder how effective that would be.
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FYI: get the E-ZPass for your class A from Delaware, they only charge by axles, not weight (where ever you go that E-ZPass is accepted) I've had NY issued E-ZPasses for the cars for years and a friend turned me on to Delaware's policies when we bought our class A. Quite a savings. The one time that I used my NY E-ZPass on a rental RV, I got whacked with up-charges a week later.
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What I loved the most while driving around in the Chicago area a few years ago was that I had to pay tolls to drive on some of the bumpiest, ruffest roads I've ever been on. Seems like they use the tolls collected to pay the toll collectors wages instead of fixing the roads.
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Predictions I have read claim the number of toll roads are likely to increase considerably, and rates as well - also heard that operation of some toll roads have been sold to foreign interests...

More signs of the times and sad state of the USA?
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