800px-GoldenGateBridge-001.jpgDrivers traveling over the Golden Gate Bridge are reminded by bridge officials that accepted forms of payment for the $3 carpool toll are about to change starting Monday.

Today is the last day cash will be accepted for the carpool toll that went into effect on July 1, said Marie Currie, spokeswoman for the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.

Beginning Monday, bridge customers will need to travel through staffed toll lanes with a valid FasTrak account and tag to be eligible for the discounted toll. Otherwise, the full toll amount – $6 in cash lanes and $5 in FasTrak-only lanes – will be charged, Currie said.

Carpoolers will need to stop at a staffed lane so that a toll collector can confirm that the vehicle meets occupancy requirements for carpools, which is three or more persons.

Buses and motorcycles, including three-wheeled motocycles, are also considered carpool vehicles. However, two-seat vehicles and vehicles with rear axle dual tires do not qualify as a carpool on the Golden Gate Bridge.

Vehicles traveling through the FasTrak toll lane will be charged the full $5 toll even if there are enough passengers to qualify for the carpool rate, Currie said.

To open a FasTrak account, drivers can call (877) BAY-TOLL, or (877) 229-8655; apply online at www.bayareafastrak.org; or in person at either the customer service center located at 475 The Embarcadero in San Francisco or at select Walgreens, Safeway and Costco locations.

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