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BronxBoy



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:57 pm    Post subject: Bridge Toll Collector Reply with quote

When I was a kid in the 50's we traveled from Queens to the Bronx by bus. Before crossing the Bronx Whitestone Bridge the driver stopped and collected a toll, a nickel I think, with a device (we called it the toll 'gun') that he pointed at you and the coin was placed into a slot in the 'barrel'. As a reward for behaving in the long trip - three transfers - I was allowed to insert the coins. Does anyone remember this? Or better yet actually have a vintage 'toll gun?
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MaBSTOA 15



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this what you are talking about?
I believe that Fifth Avenue Coach conductors also used these on the double deckers...



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Mr. Linsky
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At my alma mater - Green Bus Lines (NY) - our starters carried these devices for use in loading passengers through rear doors during rush hours which sped the process up immensely.

However, they did not make change so the only riders who could enter at the rear had to have the exact fare.

I don't remember off hand as to whether these machines were capable of accepting more than one denomination of coin or if they accepted pennies at all.

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Mr. 'L'
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BronxBoy,

I apologize for not welcoming you to BusTalk in my first post to you above.

So, I'll do it now;

Welcome aboard here at BusTalk and know that you are now part of one of the most professional teams in our business.

We look forward to your valued input and contributions.

Many regards,

Mr. 'L'
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traildriver




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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 2:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr. Linsky wrote:
At my alma mater - Green Bus Lines (NY) - our starters carried these devices for use in loading passengers through rear doors during rush hours which sped the process up immensely.

However, they did not make change so the only riders who could enter at the rear had to have the exact fare.

I don't remember off hand as to whether these machines were capable of accepting more than one denomination of coin or if they accepted pennies at all.

Regards,

Mr. 'L'


I know this is an old thread, but I recall similar on Queens Transit, when the fare was $0.15.....the inspector stood outside the rear door, you deposited a dime into the handheld register, and dropped the nickel into a moneybag he carrierd in his other hand.....I believe you could hear a bell ring, as you pushed the dime into the slot....
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