With cash payments soon to be a thing of the past, motorists will be able to more quickly zip through the toll plaza at the Golden Gate Bridge.
All-electronic tolling is scheduled to begin Wednesday, which will make the bridge the only span in California to feature such technology. As a result, the bridge transit district is poised to rework the posted speed limits for southbound motorists passing through the plaza. Read More
The date has been set: All-electronic tolling will begin March 27 on the Golden Gate Bridge.
After two years of planning, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District is set to lay off its remaining toll workers and begin discussions on what the new speed limit should be at the plaza to prepare for the cashless system. Read More
Testing started this week for all-electronic tolling on the Golden Gate Bridge, putting the span on schedule to debut the new technology in March.
Installation is now complete; the only step remaining is 60 days of testing, according to Mary Currie of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. The bridge will become the first in the country to convert to an all-electronic tolling system, she said. Read More
Responding to concerns about privacy, the regional agency in charge of Clipper cards and FasTrak is considering reducing its retention of personal user data.
Currently, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which oversees both programs, retains personal information for Clipper card users for seven years and FasTrak customers for 4½ years. The Clipper card allows public-transit users to pay on multiple systems, and FasTrak is the transponder used for tolls. Read More
Slowly but surely, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District has begun to chip away at its once-cavernous budget shortfalls — enough to possibly delay a planned toll increase. Read More
With their free rides now gone, carpoolers are becoming a rarer sight on the Bay Bridge.
The number of trips made by carpooling vehicles has shrunk by 26 percent since a $2.50 toll was introduced on the Bay Bridge in 2010, ending the longtime policy that allowed cars with three or more passengers to cross for free.
Click on the photo at right to see changes in traffic since the toll was introduced. Read More
All-electronic tolling on the Golden Gate Bridge could become one step closer to reality later this week.On Thursday, the bridge district’s finance committee will vote on a measure to approve the framework for all-electronic tolling in anticipation of upcoming contract negotiations on the plan. Read More
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. Read More
Along with big trucks, traffic snarls and talk radio, toll collectors are a staple of the highway commute. But they might soon disappear from Bay Area roads, starting with the Golden Gate Bridge.On Thursday, a subcommittee of the bridge district will vote on a proposal to lay off the 32 toll workers and embrace all-electronic payments. If approved, the system would debut by February 2012 and be fully implemented by the end of that year. Read More
A new set of guidelines to increase privacy and transparency standards for FasTrak users is likely to become official later this week. Read More