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Monday, June 7 Vacation (and free rides) are about over.


Back to work after a week’s vacation in NYC. A wonderful week and a great time. How could it be otherwise in the city that never sleeps? There were many highlights – in the transportation category, the subways are always a thrill and amazingly efficient, and the city buses are a great scenic ride (I took one from the Lower East Side to the Metropolitan Museum) and saw everything in between from my comfortable, air-conditioned seat.

This morning I’m in the back seat of a Saturn sedan. Two ladies in the front are silent and seem pre-occupied. Traffic is light and we’re moving along, and we should reach the city well before 8 AM. I’m hoping to make the gym before work since I have slacked off during the vacation.

So – we’re on a final countdown to the bridge toll launch on July 1. Any comments on how you as a carpooler will deal with this? Are you going to pay up? And how much? $1.25? More/less? What if you don’t have change? What if you don’t have any money with you?

I think $1 should be acceptable unless you have the change and can easily pay more. If you’ve forgotten your money or only have a $5 bill, you may be out of luck, depending on who the driver is. Some drivers won’t care whether you pay or not. But I can see this whole scenario making the daily commute a bit more complicated.