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Automated toll systems promise to save time and money while reducing congestion and accidents

WHAT'S THAT? CARS ZIPPING PAST TOLLBOOTHS ON the New York State Thruway without stopping? Ordinarily such apparent lawlessness would be followed by flashing red lights in the rearview mirror. Not this time. New York is the latest state to test an electronic toll-collection system that lets motorists pay up without having to stop and fumble for cash or tokens. If adopted, the automated system promises to save time for motorists, improve safety at toll plazas, cut pollution and possibly reduce tolls. Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas currently use automated toll collection. New York is jointly testing two technologies -- one developed by...

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