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
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)

(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.

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Mar 27, 2013 11:27 PM CDT
We are still getting used to having technology ubiquitous in our peronal lives and some mistakes are being made, like trying to find a spouse over the internet. Not a good idea, ever (watch Catfish, the show). Or allowing any yahoo to gather information about us and publish it online without our permission. Not good for abused wives. they can't hide anymore. But in this case, I think it's a good idea. saves a lot of money and since there is almost a complete lack of "interaction" between the toll taker and the driver I don't think we're missing out on anything there. Plus, in today's world a lot of toll takers were being injured by the low-lifes in our society.
Mar 27, 2013 11:18 PM CDT
i feel sorry for her husband. Now she'll be home all day used to people handing her money!
Mar 27, 2013 8:59 PM CDT
What'd she say? I was checking Facebook on my phone.