Bridge district to hold hearing on toll discounts for airport shuttles 

A proposal to give a toll discount to shuttle companies traveling over the Golden Gate Bridge from the North Bay to San Francisco International Airport will be discussed at a public hearing Thursday.

The Golden Gate Bridge District has recommended charging private shuttle bus companies $7.50 to cross the span during off-peak times, provided the vehicles carry a FasTrak transponder. Under a toll increase plan approved last year by the bridge district, other multi-axle vehicles, like big-rig trucks, are set to pay an $11.25 toll with their FasTrak transponder, and a $13 toll if they use cash.

The shuttle companies, which take passengers from Marin and Sonoma Counties to SFO, formerly passed for free over the bridge during peak travel times, as part of the district’s carpool policy. Last year, the district approved a $3 carpool toll, which is what the buses currently pay during busy travel times of the week.

Thursday’s public hearing on the issue will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the district’s headquarters on the southern base of the bridge. The bridge district’s board of directors will vote on the plan June 24. If approved, the changes would take place July 1.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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