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Yesterday, reveilles and I went to Billerica to visit some friends and play board games. We took our usual route: the Mass. Turnpike, to 95, to 3, which normally takes about 40 minutes. Yesterday it took 1 hour and 30 minutes because, at the Turnpike exit to 95, <sarcasm>which no one ever uses</sarcasm>, they only had one person working collecting tickets and money, so there was a five-mile backup to get to the toll booth. Now, they had four lanes open for Fast Lane, the Mass. version of EZ Pass, which reveilles and I have, but the toll booth is after a two-lane overpass with no shoulder, so since that overpass was clogged, Fast Lane didn't help us that much. Once we got onto 95, there was no traffic at all.

We took a different route home, to avoid the Mass. Turnpike entirely, and when we drove near the Turnpike, it was still backed up some 6 hours later.
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Date:April 15th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
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This is why, on our toll roads, if you want to actually interact with a person, you have to EXIT the mainline and you can sit as long as you like in the lines (not that there are many long lines). The default is highway-speed tolling with FasTrak.

And, of course, on the 91, you have to have FasTrak to drive in the toll lanes at all.
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Date:April 15th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
It would be nice if they had that kind of thing out here. >sigh<
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Date:April 16th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)

F*in' valuable

The Illinois version of EZPass/Fast Lane is the I-Pass and in addition to boothed lanes, some toll plazas have "open road tolling" where you drive at normal speed under these flattened arches that span four or five lanes . It's quite nice. Who had them built? The former honorable Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and his name was emblazoned across those arches(example). But no longer. His name has been replaced by the geographic name of the toll plaza. I was amused when I noticed this change.
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Date:April 17th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)

Re: F*in' valuable

NJ has one toll booth with the arches that span lanes that can be taken at speed. I wish MA had some like that.
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