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A proposal to raise tolls and eliminate free carpooling on the Bay Area’s state-owned bridges is moving forward to a full vote later this month, including a revised provision on price increases for commercial vehicles.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Bay Area Toll Authority Oversight Committee this morning approved a recommendation to increase tolls for cars and other two-axle vehicles by $1 on six state-owned bridges in the region. On the Bay Bridge, the toll will remain at $4 during off-peak travel hours, but increase to $6 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Additionally, carpoolers would no longer enjoy free tolls under the new slate of proposals. Carpools would pay a reduced toll of $2.50.

The slate of recommendations will move forward to the full Bay Area Toll Authority for a vote at its January 27 meeting.

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