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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Don't Forget: You Have to Pay More to Cross the Golden Gate Bridge Next Week

Posted By on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 8:29 AM

click to enlarge Pretty ... pretty expensive - RICH NIEWIROSKI JR/WIKIMEDIA

In case you have forgotten, starting Monday, the toll rates for 2-axle vehicles crossing the Golden Gate Bridge will go up by $1, making it a whooping $7 just to have some fun in Marin and come back.

For FasTrak users, the rate will increase to $6 and if you're carpooling with a FasTrak, you will now be paying $4.

The latest increase is part of a larger plan the directors from the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District rolled out to collect more money from drivers every year. After the initial rise in toll on April 7, there will be a 25-cent increase in toll every year from July 1, 2015 until 2018.

Why you ask? Mary Currie, the bridge spokesperson, told CBS that the district would be facing a $142 million budget shortfall over the next five years if the tolls didn't increase. The District receives funding from tolls, advertising, grants and transit fares, but the bulk of revenue comes from tolls.

These tolls are then used to maintain public facilities and equipment such as fuel and paint, which has increased in price over the years. Despite the inflation of maintenance, toll revenue has not increased because traffic flow has remained the same. Half of the tolls also go to subsidizing the public transit system.

You could always just bike on over to Marin for free.


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