The Nation: And Man Bites Machine

With machines pushing so many people out of jobs, it is comforting to learn that man can occasionally displace a machine. That is what has happened on the highways in Connecticut. Disturbed by bottlenecks at toll booths with exact-change lanes, the Connecticut department of transportation this month will scrap all toll-collecting machines and replace them with human attendants. On busy days, 300 to 350 cars an hour used to pass through the machine-tended lanes, while 600 to 650 autos moved through the lanes that were guarded by people—proving that the human hand can be quicker than the mechanical eye.

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