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Tolls for Thee

November 21, 2014

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Profile America — Friday, November 21st. The first automatic toll collection station went into service this month in 1954. It was installed at the Union Toll Plaza on New Jersey's Garden State Parkway. Motorists dropped coins into a wire mesh hopper, triggering a green light that told them to go ahead. The idea soon caught on at toll roads around the country, reducing the number of booth attendants and propelling cars and trucks on their way. There are fewer than 3,000 miles of toll roads in the U.S. interstate system of some 47,000 miles. Other U.S. routes and state roads have tolls, but the total is still just a tiny fraction of the nearly 4 million miles of roads in the nation. Toll collections add about $13 billion annually to state and local government revenues. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <www.census.gov>.

Sources:
Miles of road
Statemaster Toll Road Mileage
Tolls on U.S. interstates
Local Summary Report p 6


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: October 23, 2014