Tollbooth employee reveals ‘scary’ tunnel walk to get to booth on New Jersey Turnpike

A New Jersey toll booth employee has revealed the dingy tunnel she walks through to get to and from her toll booth in the middle of the freeway.

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 an inside look at how exactly she gets to her booth without having to cross multiple lanes on the highway — and the video has gained popularity over three-quarters of a million views .

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

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 there, with cars and trucks filtering into mostly EZ Pass lanes

To get to the full-service toll road where she works, she enters a building and descends a grubby staircase with tiled walls and dirty floors into a basement

On the way down: To get to the full-service toll booth where she works, she enters a building and descends a grubby staircase with tiled walls and dirty floors into a basement

“That’s how I get to the toll booth for the Turnpike,” Tennille writes with 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 there, with cars and trucks mostly entering EZ Pass lanes – but there are still a few full-fledged lanes, where Tenielle goes.

To get there, she enters a building and descends a dingy staircase with tiled walls and dirty floors to a basement.

She opens a door at the bottom, which leads her to an industrial area with large metal machines and fluorescent lights.

Down the side is a long, narrow corridor with a dark, dry 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 machines.  Along the side is a long, narrow corridor with a dark dry floor and dark gray walls

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

As she walks down the hall, Tennielle notes with a caption that it's

That door opens to another staircase, which she climbs into the open air

Back on! As she walks down the hallway, Tennielle captions it as “scary off” down there before coming to a door on the other side and heading up the stairs.

Voila!  She gets out on a small, elevated spot right next to her booth, which she walks safely to

Voila! She gets out on a small, elevated spot right next to her booth, which she walks safely to

Another look: Street View photos on Google Maps show that there appear to be two separate staircases leading to different booths along the highway

Another look: Street View photos on Google Maps show that there appear to be two separate staircases leading to different booths along the highway

As she walks down the hall, Tennielle notes with a caption that it’s “scary” down there before coming to a door on the other side.

That door opens to another staircase, which she climbs out into the open.

She ends up in the middle of the long line of tolls, with a sign warning her to stop and watch because traffic doesn’t stop in EZ Pass lanes.

She gets out on a small, elevated spot right next to her booth, which she walks safely to. It appears that the previous person on duty had left a traffic cone in the middle of the lane, preventing cars from passing while it was empty.

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

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

Safety first: It appears the previous person on duty had left a traffic cone in the middle of the lane, preventing cars from passing while it was empty

Safety first: It appears the previous person on duty had left a traffic cone in the middle of the lane, preventing cars from passing while it was empty

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

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

Workplace: Her booth is quite small, equipped with a chair, a computer and a trash can

Have to go!  Tennielle also revealed that there is a bathroom in the tunnel, as well as another in the office building, should employees need a break.

Have to go! Tennielle also revealed that there is a bathroom in the tunnel, as well as another in the office building, should employees need a break.

Many commentators were shocked that there is an underground way to get to these booths, and several admitted that they always believed workers should just run fast.

“Swear, I thought you guys would just stop and play Frogger until you get to your spot,” one wrote.

“I swore you had to run across the traffic,” said another.

“I thought you two looked both ways and then prayed for your lives,” wrote another.

“Personally I thought everyone was being dropped off and then you just drive on,” added another.

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

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