Picking Up Hitchhikers Takes Toll

Posted By on June 13, 2012

No wonder the NYC George Washington Bridge toll is so expensive. “With extensive overtime, some toll collectors make more than $100,000, while salaries for several officers to $200,000.”

Kudret Topyan saw something out of his 14th floor window last year that so excited him he set up a video camera to capture the action while he was at work. He’s no Peeping Tom, though. He’s an economist.

What intrigued Mr. Topyan from his apartment in Fort Lee, N.J., was the cat-and-mouse game being played out at the nearby George Washington Bridge leading into Manhattan. Carpoolers hoping to catch a ride were being intercepted by police—even though ride-sharing, as in other cities, is a legal way to save money.

WSJ LINK for entire article

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