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More all-electronic tolling for NH?

Jul 02, 2018

New Hampshire’s latest 10-year transportation plan — which was recently signed by Gov. Sununu — includes the installation of all-electronic turnpike tolls in Bedford, Dover, and Rochester. All-electronic tolls deduct from pre-paid transponders or take a picture of each license plate and then send drivers a bill. The proposal also includes an option for drivers to buy anonymous transponders.​

Read more about the issue of new tolls in New Hampshire

“Should NH replace human-operated toll booths with all-electronic tolling, similar to the system in Massachusetts?”

Discussion held on Citizens Count website and Facebook page June 16, 2018

199 citizens responded128 citizens were opposed to replacing human-operated toll booths with electronic tolls37 citizens were in favor of replacing human-operated toll booths with electronic tolls34 citizens commented on related questions or issues

What Participants Said

No: 128 citizens were opposed to replacing human-operated toll booths with electronic tolls.

  • “The toll takers offer people visiting NH a smile, a thank you and often much-needed directions that a machine will never offer. Keep the toll takers and keep NH unique from the rest of the, "we only care about money" cookie cutter states.”
  • “People should have the right to pay in CASH."
  • “Why should someone that doesn't use toll roads often have to buy a ezpass?"

Yes: 37 citizens were in favor of replacing human-operated toll booths with electronic tolls.

  • “Automation is the future, you’re better off accepting that now.”
  • “It eliminates idling in line and carbon emissions.”
  • “The workers are slow and their job is not needed. I’d like to know how much money the state pays these people.”

Other: 34 citizens addressed their comments to related questions and issues.
These included:

  • Eliminate tolls altogether: “Shouldn’t have tolls period!”
  • Have both options available: “I prefer the hybrid system we have in Hampton and Hooksett.”
  • Consider the cost: “Depends. Will it lower toll costs or raise them?”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.

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Comments

Chuck Malias
- Manchester

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 1:02pm

Comment: 

Cruise freely along an open road or stop and join a logjam of cars to get a smile and thank you? No offense, but my time is much more valuable than a greeting.

Mike Dunbar
- Hampton

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 12:25pm

Comment: 

It was true with the proverbial buggy whip makers as it is now - you can't stop the march of technological progress and nor should you. Our society has a great deal of change in store as automation takes over more industries. However, as society reforms itself I believe and hope this will eventually free people to lead more fulfilling existences. We just need to take care that those on the margins of society don't suffer in the meantime.

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