Thursday, April 4, 2013

Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza: automatic tolling

Photo Credit: Kevin Cole
(Photographic technique: no vehicles ... they just disappeared.)

I Want to Pay with Cash
"As of about 12:05 am on March 27, 2013, cash is no longer accepted at the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza. Customers may continue paying their tolls using CASH for FasTrak and the Pay-By-Plate options that include License Plate Account, One-Time Payment, and Toll Invoice."
Source: I Want to Pay with Cash

More Info:

First Major Toll Bridge in U.S. with Fully Automatic Tolling
(Excerpt) “The Golden Gate Bridge is the first major span in the nation to make such a change, which is being closely watched around the Bay Area and the world as a possible example to follow.
Bridge officials were mostly pleased with the system's debut … [during] the morning commute, in which an estimated 86 percent of motorists use FasTrak and thus already are accustomed to not stopping to pay their fares.”

Government Saves Money as Human Toll Collectors are Displaced
28 total toll collectors retired, moved to other jobs, or were laid off as a result of fully automatic tolling at the Golden Gate Bridge. Estimates are that $8 million to more than $19 million will be saved over the next 8 years.

Reportedly, the Golden Gate Bridge faces a $66 million budget deficit over the next five years. A common toll rate for crossing the bridge is currently $5 to $6 for a two axle vehicle.


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