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Tollbooth worker reveals ‘scary’ walk through tunnel to get to booth on the New Jersey Turnpike


A New Jersey tollbooth worker has revealed the dingy tunnel she walks through to get to and from her tollbooth in the middle of the highway.

Tennille works as a toll collector on the New Jersey Turnpike, the name for the stretch of I-95 that runs through the Garden State.

On TikTok (@nille4short), the 23-year-old New Jersey Transit Authority employee has given users a peek at just how, exactly, she gets to her booth without having to cross several lanes of highway traffic — and the video has racked up more than three quarters of a million views.

Surprise! A New Jersey tollbooth worker has revealed the dingy tunnel she walks through to get to and from her tollbooth in the middle of the highway

Highway home: Tennille arrives at the New Jersey State Police building in Newark, New Jersey, where I-78 meets the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95)

Highway home: Tennille arrives at the New Jersey State Police building in Newark, New Jersey, where I-78 meets the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95)

There are about two dozen lanes of traffic there, with cars and trucks filtering into mostly E-Z Pass lanes

To get to the full-serive toll lane where she works, she heads into a building, walking down a dingy flight of stairs with tiled walls and dirty floors into a basement

Heading down: To get to the full-serive toll lane where she works, she heads into a building, walking down a dingy flight of stairs with tiled walls and dirty floors into a basement

‘This is how I get to the toll booth for the Turnpike,’ Tennille captioned her video. 

She arrives at the New Jersey State Police building in Newark, New Jersey, where I-78 meets the Turnpike.

There are about two dozen lanes of traffic there, with cars and trucks filtering into mostly E-Z Pass lanes — but a few full-serive lanes remain, which is where Tenielle is headed.

To get there, she heads into a building, walking down a dingy flight of stairs with tiled walls and dirty floors into a basement.

She opens a door at the bottom, which leads her to an industrial room with large, metal machinery and flourescent lights.

Along the side is a long, narrow hallway with a dark dray floor and dark gray walls — which are old and peeling.

Creepy: She opens a door at the bottom, which leads to an industrial room with machinery. Along the side is a long, narrow hallway with a dark dray floor and dark gray walls

Creepy: She opens a door at the bottom, which leads to an industrial room with machinery. Along the side is a long, narrow hallway with a dark dray floor and dark gray walls

As she walks down the passage, Tennielle remarks with a caption that it's 'scary af' down there before she makes it to a door on the other side

That door opens to another flight of stairs, which she climbs out into the open air

Back on up! As she walks down the passage, Tennielle remarks with a caption that it’s ‘scary af’ down there before she makes it to a door on the other side and walks up stairs

Voila! She exits on a small, elevated area right next to her booth, which she safely walks to

Voila! She exits on a small, elevated area right next to her booth, which she safely walks to

Another look: Street View photos on Google Maps show that there appear to be two separate stairways that open up at different booths along the highway

Another look: Street View photos on Google Maps show that there appear to be two separate stairways that open up at different booths along the highway

As she walks down the passage, Tennielle remarks with a caption that it’s ‘scary af’ down there before she makes it to a door on the other side.

That door opens to another flight of stairs, which she climbs out into the open air.

She comes out in the middle of the long line of tolls, with a sign warning her to stop and look because traffic doesn’t stop in E-Z Pass lanes.

She exits on a small, elevated area right next to her booth, which she safely walks to. It appears the previous person on shift had left a traffic cone in the middle of the lane, stopping cars from coming through while it was empty.

Her booth is quite small, outfitted with a chair, a computer, and a trash can.

Street View photos on Google Maps show that there appear to be two separate stairways that open up at different booths along the highway. 

Safety first: It appears the previous person on shift had left a traffic cone in the middle of the lane, stopping cars from coming through while it was empty

Safety first: It appears the previous person on shift had left a traffic cone in the middle of the lane, stopping cars from coming through while it was empty

Her booth is quite small, outfitted with a chair, a computer, and a trash can

Her booth is quite small, outfitted with a chair, a computer, and a trash can

Work station: Her booth is quite small, outfitted with a chair, a computer, and a trash can

Gotta go! Tennielle also revealed that their is a bathroom in the tunnel, as well as another in the office building, should workers need a break

Gotta go! Tennielle also revealed that their is a bathroom in the tunnel, as well as another in the office building, should workers need a break

Many commenters have expressed shock that there is an underground way to reach these booths, with several admitting they always believed workers just had to run fast.

‘Swear I thought y’all just pull up and play Frogger until you get to your spot,’ wrote one.

‘I swore y’all had to run across traffic,’ said another.  

‘I just thought y’all looked both ways then prayed for your life,’ wrote one more.

‘Personally I thought each person got dropped off and then ya ride just keep going,’ yet another chimed in.

Tennielle also revealed that their is a bathroom in the tunnel, as well as another in the office building, should workers need a break. 



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