It’s Official: Golden Gate Bridge Board Will Jack Up Tolls To $7 ($6 For FasTrack) In April, More Increases To Come

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District’s board of directors voted 15-2 this morning to gradually raise the toll on the bridge over the next four years starting this April.

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

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

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

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

District staff had drafted four toll hike options that would raise between $93 million and $138 million over five years.

District 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.

James Lanaras, Bay City News

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  • neutral_corner

    My question is, “Why is it so much more expensive to operate the bridge today than it was yesterday?” Where is the money going?

    • Josh Berkus

      1) Subsidies have been cut. The Federal Government used to subsidize the entire interstate system heavily, of which the GG Bridge is a part. CalTrans used to be more more heavily subsidized as well. Not both the state and national governments are holding back highway funds so that they have more money to subsidize billionaires.

      2) Labor costs. Both health care costs and cost of living in the Bay Area have skyrocketed over the last decade. The GG Bridge consumes a LOT of labor; it’s being painted or repaired 7 days a week.

      3) Like every other piece of technology purchased by CalTrans, the “hands free” automated toll system was supposed to save money, but actually costs more than human toll-takers. Surprise!

      • Cody Robertson

        Caltrans doesn’t own the bridge, or have any say with it. Thus it doesn’t recieve any federal funding and never has. The seismic retrofit projects are what are taking the most money from the bridge.