By August, the tollbooth was completely cash-free. And I, like a proper adult, had a new little E-Z Pass transponder on my dashboard to facilitate whizzing through the lane. My car was concatenated to my credit card through the magic of radio frequency — paying my tolls automatically (or at least until my card maxed out). For my convenience, according to the state transit authority, I’d never have to wait in line to pay again. I didn’t even have to slow down.
For my convenience, E-Z Pass could send me updates about billing and travel activity by email, text or message on any one of 17 social media sites, as well as through the touchscreens of select G.E. smart appliances. Oh yes, and projected on the lenses of limited-edition sunglasses (sold separately).