Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Attendants at Toll Booths to Be Replaced by Machines

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Attendants at Toll Booths to Be Replaced by Machines

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The six toll booth attendants at the Stillwater toll plaza on Oklahoma's Cimarron Turnpike will be replaced by automatic correct change machines, it was decided Thursday by the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.

The move should save the authority $98,000 per year, Chief Engineer-Manager Earl Piersall told authority members.

For the 12 months ending April 30, $141,329 in tolls were collected at the Stillwater facility, Piersall said. It costs the authority $123,000 per year to pay six toll booth attendants to man the plaza around the clock, he added.

Motorists will be required to have correct change for the new "honor" system, he said, and past experience has shown an average 20 percent loss of revenue due to customer dishonesty and failure to have correct change.

On other matters, Piersall reported toll and concession revenues for Oklahoma toll highways increased 2.2 percent over the year to $3.9 million for May 1986.

Individual turnpike figures were:

- Turner Turnpike, up 0.7 percent to $1.3 million.

- Will Rogers Turnpike, up 5.3 percent to $1.17 million.

- H.E. Bailey Turnpike, up 1 percent to $536,459.

- Indian Nation Turnpike,, down 0.8 percent to $334,421.

- Muskogee Turnpike, up 3 percent to $377,908.

- Cimarron Turnpike, up 0.9 percent to $248,765.

Total vehicle miles driven on the toll roads was up 3 percent over the year ended May 1985 to 120.69 million, Piersall said.

The figures break down like this:

- Turner Turnpike, up 1.5 percent to 38.95 vehicle miles.

- Will Rogers Turnpike, up 6.2 percent to 32.66 million vehicle miles. …

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