War II veterans were among the Turnpike’s first employees. So when
toll collectors were handed uniforms that looked a lot like those from the
Armed Forces, it must have seemed familiar. The jackets visually reinforced
the Authority’s military-type organization, with job advancement linked
to titles from its power structure: sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. One
early toll collector remembers that there was even talk of arming them at
firstbut the idea died quickly.
Over time, the toll collectors dress code became
more relaxed, with casual blazers in the 1970s and even baseball caps
in the late 1980s.