To the editor:
We are accustomed to paying tolls on the New York State Thruway and on the Mass. Pike. When you pass through an EZ Pass lane in either state, an electric sign lights up to thank you for paying the toll.
On Wednesday (8-21), we drove over the new Sakonnet River Bridge with our Rhode Island EZ Pass tag. Did we pay the $0.10 toll? Much to our surprise, the bridge has no electric signs (or any other means) to inform the driver that he has paid the toll. Or to warn him that he has not paid it.
The lack of a means to keep the driver informed is a major failing in the design and operation of the bridge. It ignores standard practice in collecting tolls from vehicles.
If (regrettably) there must be a toll, the RITBA should at least install some means of informing us of it when we cross the Bridge.
Paul D. Van Ness