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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
Golden Gate Bridge Loses Last Human Toll-Taker
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. (Read more Golden Gate Bridge stories.)

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