So the point of setting up EZPass on the Newport Pell Bridge is to faciliate the flow of traffic, right? Okay, I’ll say what seems to have escaped the attention of the RI Turnpike and Bridge Authority.
This isn’t New York or New Jersey. Using tokens, has anyone ever had to wait longer than three minutes to make it through that toll plaza? There isn’t enough traffic to warrant the hassle and expense, on the part of both the RITBA and drivers, of EZPass. So can someone explain why we’re doing it? Is it now axiomatic that digital is always better than analogue? Was it just because, like Everest, the federal funds were there? Or, worst of all, are we trying inexplicably to ingratiate ourselves with out of state drivers annoyed that their out of state transponders don’t work at Rhode Island’s only toll plaza?
Further, Charlie Hall has a point about some potential issues of execution.