Taxing by the mile became popular this week some 55-years ago
"Profile America" from the U.S. Census Bureau A device many of us resent -- but which saves a lot of time (really :confused:) -- first went into service this week in 1954 -- the automatic toll collection machine. 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 unfortunately or not soon caught on at toll roads around the country, reducing the number of booth attendants and speeding cars on their way. Many toll roads now offer electronic devices that allow motorists to pay their fee without stopping. There are more than 4,800 miles of toll roads in the U.S. -- a tiny fraction of the more than 4 million miles of roads crisscrossing the nation.