Golden Gate Bridge toll rates rise

Pay-by-plate now $7, FasTrak climbs to $6, carpool up to $4

Motorists are paying one more dollar to drive across the Golden Gate Bridge as new toll rates went into effect Monday.

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District's board of directors approved the toll hike on Feb. 28 as the district faces a $142 million deficit over the next five years.

The FasTrak rate went up from $5 to $6 and the pay-by-plate rate increased from $6 to $7.

The carpool rate, which requires FasTrak, went up from $3 to $4.

Tolls will gradually rise by 25 cents in July 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

By July 2018, the FasTrak rate will be $7 and pay-by-plate rate will be $8.

The toll hikes are estimated to raise $138 million for the district over the next five years.

-- Jamey Padojino, Bay City News


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