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Should Mass. Keep Jobs For Toll Collectors?

Gov. Deval Patrick says the state’s toll system will be fully automated by 2015.

Though users of the EZPass service never have to stop for a toll collector on the Mass Pike now, in just over two years, no one will have to.

Gov. Deval Patrick said this week that all toll collectors will be phased out by 2015 to make way for a fully automated toll taking system on the Mass Pike, according to Boston.com.

Patrick the state will provide a “dignified and soft landing” for the 410 toll workers who would be laid off, according to the news site.

Do you think the state should move to the new automated system or should Massachusetts stick with the system in place now? Tell us in the comments.

John Stayn December 12, 2012 at 09:53 PM
The state should proceed with the automated system but also do its best to help toll workers find new employment - these two actions are not mutually exclusive. Included in the steps the state could take is a retraining program to help the workers gain skills they can use in the marketplace.
x December 13, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Being a toll collector is a job? What skills did toll collectors bring to their 'job'. What skills do they take to their next 'job'? Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Deb December 20, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I gotta say, the toll collectors make more than our teachers, their qualifications are only their connections, and they are not on the whole and with exceptions, the nicest or most accommodating public servants I've ever met, although on Christmas Eve they usually will smile and sometimes say Merry Christmas~ So one must hope that they will be aware that their jobs are liable to end at any time (just as we who work or have worked in the private sector are) and are taking training and looking around for new jobs.

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