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Last day on the job memorable one for Golden Gate Bridge toll-takers

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dawnette Reed first met the boy when he was several months old and still sucking on a pacifier.

She watched him grow up, from wearing onesies to school uniforms and from being strapped in a car seat to being belted in.

"You're gonna be mayor or president someday," Reed would say to him.

That connection is now lost. Tuesday was Reed's last as a toll-taker on the Golden Gate Bridge, which at midnight is planning to become the first major span in the nation to convert to electronic toll taking.

The hard reality of the change was evident on Reed's face as a familiar white SUV approached her toll booth around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday.


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