Monday, August 4, 2008

WCBS NEWSRADIO 880 - Current Traffic Reports for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut

I stumbled upon WINS 880 news radio's traffic web page the other day while searching for web cams. The page features helpful tips and route-planning throughout the tri-state area. It requires registration for customizable elements to store routing, landmarks and reminders. The nice thing is that the notifications on traffic includes mass transit delays as well as construction; special events such as rock concerts & sporting events are noted. Web cams stills links you to various parts of the map to guide your trip through.

WCBS NEWSRADIO 880 - Current Traffic Reports for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

MTA plans to eliminate toll booths at the major crossings

The Daily News reports that the MTA plans to remove the toll booths in favor of EZPass transponders/receiver arrays blanketing the former and increasing cameras to photograph cars who don't have the latter. The Port Authority plans to have a feasibility study lasting 14 months and it's report published soon after.

While at first light, it does sound feasible to have it done however, possibly another agenda is in the works for the MTA and, for that matter, law enforcement. By eliminating toll booths would also eliminate jobs and traffic congestion surrounding the plazas. Pollution and health concerns would also abate, albeit temporarily, should the price of oil hold firm or rise.

But what would happen to the rarely used commuter discount that the PA offers for cars with 3+ passengers? The rule is that the toll booth operator would count the heads in the personal vehicle and issue a discount, $2.00 vs. $8.00. How would that be resolved? Then, this would be a fine excuse to increase tolls and expect higher fines for skipping without paying.

Law enforcement would also monitor those crossings much efficiently in the attempt to apprehend perpetrator or civil lawyers could subpoena evidence for their respective divorce/malfeasance cases. I hate to say it but another hash mark against privacy; I should be on my toes.

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