Golden Gate Bridge tolls set to increase this year 

click to enlarge Golden Gate Bridge tolls increasing
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  • Tolls for the Golden Gate Bridge will increase after the board that oversees the span approved the new amounts Friday.

By July 2018, the current $5 FasTrak toll on the Golden Gate Bridge will be $7 and the $6 pay-by-plate toll will be $8.

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District's board of directors voted 15-2 on Friday to gradually raise the toll on the span, starting in April, over the next four years.

Both those tolls will increase by $1 on April 7 and 25 more cents in July 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Tolls for carpoolers and those with disabilities will rise at the same rate as the FasTrak increases.

The bridge district is facing a $142 million deficit over the next five years. The toll hikes are projected to raise $138 million over five years.

District staff had drafted four options that would raise between $93 million and $138 million over five years. Staff had initially recommended Option 3, which would have raised $123 million, but the board's Finance Committee on Thursday recommended Option 4 to raise the higher amount.

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