Following Up: E-ZPass

Friday, December 14, 2012

Former NYC traffic commissioner Sam Schwartz hands a symbolic 1911 dime to a "toll taker" on the Manhattan side of the Williamsburg Bridge. (Jim O'Grady/WNYC)

Robert Paaswell, distinguished professor of civil engineering at the City College of New York, Director of the University Transportation Research Center at City College and former head of the Chicago Transportation Authority, follows up on the listener question: Why wouldn't commuters use E-ZPass?


Robert "Buzz" Paaswell

Comments [9]

The Truth from Becky

Forget about being tracked by an EZ Pass...if you have a social security number, if your car is registered, if you use a debit/credit card the you are on somebody's radar!! You are already being tracked.

Dec. 14 2012 12:01 PM
David Hochheiser from Westchester

I've always been thrilled with having the technology, understood that "they" are tracking me with or without EZPass (if they want), and absolutely curious about people without them. Last week, though, when I drove through the "no-cash option" toll on the North Henry Hudson coming into Manhattan, I really became curious as to the future of this debate. What would it mean if all cars were scanned and bills were mailed somehow? How long has this been in place? How is it going?

Dec. 14 2012 11:19 AM
Hector from Under the boardwalk

Sally from Pleasantville: it is your liberal naivete that is laughable. Perhaps you should remember that Obama has a driver's license, and you know who else had a driver's license? Stalin, that's who.

Dec. 14 2012 11:10 AM
Sally from Pleasantville

Tony from Canarsie -- thanks for the laugh, but it should be remembered that the first thing Stalin did after defeating Germany was to install speed bumps on the autobahn.

Dec. 14 2012 10:59 AM
Tony from Canarsie

Re the "creeping totalitarianism" comment: First they came for the E-Z Pass, but I didn't speak up because I don't use an E-Z Pass...

Dec. 14 2012 10:52 AM

I am not paranoid, but am very wary of Big Brother watching. I had a friend who passed between 2 locations on the New jersey Turnpike apparently too quickly using EZpass, and got a speeding ticket in the mail.

Dec. 14 2012 10:51 AM
JMD from Westchetser

People are really using the toll booths for social interaction?! They must live in deep in the woods. The only thing they really accomplish is clogging up the toll plaza trying to get over to the cash lane.

Dec. 14 2012 10:51 AM
evan from piermont

It's much easier getting over the Whitestone without easy pass. easy pass users wait on line for the barriers to
rise. cash lanes are much quicker

Dec. 14 2012 10:51 AM
Tom from Toronto

"Most Canadians Have Easy Pass Technology in their Car".


Who is this guy?

Dec. 14 2012 10:50 AM

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