Last Human Toll-Taker Leaves Golden Gate Bridge

Starting today, the span is using an automated system

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 27, 2013 1:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – Starting today, it's a little more efficient and a little less ... human ... to drive across the Golden Gate Bridge. The last toll-taker wrapped up her shift at midnight, paving the way for a fully automated system designed to save millions in the coming years, reports the BBC. Drivers no longer have to stop at the booths, which isn't sitting well with everyone. "I think it means that we're more interested in conveniences as opposed to human interaction," the second-to-last driver to pay in person tells the San Jose Mercury News.

Toll takers Dawnette Reed, left, and Jacquie Dean, right, talk with reporters about their last day on the job at the Golden Gate Bridge Tuesday.
Toll takers Dawnette Reed, left, and Jacquie Dean, right, talk with reporters about their last day on the job at the Golden Gate Bridge Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Toll taker Dawnette Reed, left, is embraced by co-worker Marsha Brandhorst at the end of her shift on the Golden Gate Bridge Tuesday.
Toll taker Dawnette Reed, left, is embraced by co-worker Marsha Brandhorst at the end of her shift on the Golden Gate Bridge Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A wave breaks under the Golden Gate Bridge at high tide in this 2012 file photo.
A wave breaks under the Golden Gate Bridge at high tide in this 2012 file photo.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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