I'm looking for a noun that describes a car passing through a tollgate; it's this event I'm trying to name. A person going through a turnpike might be similar, I guess. Possible use of word would be for example:

  • 500 cars passed through this tollgate today.
    • There were 500 "x"s today from this tollgate.
    • There were 500 car "x"s today from this tollgate.

Passage was the first word I thought of, but google doesn't seem to agree (I'm still not sure though).

Clarification: It doesn't have to be a tollgate (which guards the boundaries of a highway). Let's say, for example, a person is standing next to a road and counting the number of cars that pass. At the end of the day, he says "500 cars passed today; there were 500 x's".

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    I don't know if there is an overlap between the terms one might use to describe the tollgate/turnpike situation and the cars-passing-by-a-certain-point situation. In the tollgate sentences, I would expect the first to be "tolls" or, less repetitively, "collections". The word "from" seems like it would much more likely be "through", considering the probable form of "X". I took a look at Wikipedia's articles on Traffic Flow and Traffic Counting, but nothing jumped out at me. Hope that helps!
    – Blackhawk
    Dec 27, 2013 at 15:36

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"Transits" perhaps. It's a fairly obscure word but I think it means what you're looking for.


You may use entries or exits

Edit 1: Pass may also denote "the act of passing" as a "noun". You may use pass.

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    I'm not sure - to me, the word "entry" implies that some object entered some place and stayed there. The cars do not stay in the gate, they pass through it. Feb 16, 2012 at 17:06
  • @FrustratedWithFormsDesigner, we can enter / exit the highway / road through the tollgate. Consider OP's sentence " ...from this tollgate"
    – Mustafa
    Feb 16, 2012 at 17:15
  • @Mustafa Please see my update.
    – henginy
    Feb 16, 2012 at 17:25
  • why dont you use passage? Well, it may sound a little weird. But, if the context is clear, then, "passage of cars" looks fine I would say. There were 500 passages through this road.
    – karthik
    Feb 16, 2012 at 20:23

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