Drivers fed up with New York City’s expensive toll roads are carpooling to save a few dollars on the George Washington Bridge, according to the Wall Street Journal.Bridge commuters can save $6 a vehicle by using the “carpooling” lane. Because of this, some rogue drivers have started picking up hitchhikers determined to save money (and help others save money, too).
According to the WSJ, the George Washington Bridge’s toll booths bring in $625 million for the city. Toll cheats like this cost the city $7 million.
Port Authority police have caught on to the carpooling scheme. Officers patrolling the bridge have started issuing citations to drivers who pick up passengers near the toll booths. Picking up a hitchhiker isn’t illegal, so the police nab these drivers through tickets for an illegal lane change or stopping at a bus stop (a bus stop near the bridge is popular place for these drivers to pick up passengers).
These citations could cost drivers several hundred dollars. Those toll fees don’t seem so steep now, eh?
Carpooling converts are sticking to their guns, even amidst the police crackdown.
“At first I thought it was a terrible thing to do—I looked down on the people doing it,” accountant Bill Migdal told the WSJ. “But a couple of years ago I came around to the idea. They save money, I save money and I get across faster.”
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