Bay Area Bridge Tolls to Jump

The toll hike for most vehicles took effect in July of 2010, but bridge authority officials voted to delay the price increases for multi-axle vehicles until July 1, 2012.


Motorists who cross Bay Area bridges in big-rigs, cars or trucks hauling trailers, and other vehicle combinations with more than two axles will pay higher tolls starting July 1.

The toll increase for vehicles with three or more axles was approved in January 2010 as a two-step increase, with the second step set to take effect this summer, according to the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA).

On the region's seven state-owned bridges, drivers of multi-axle vehicles will pay $5 times the number of axles, up to $35. For example, the toll will be $15 for three-axle vehicles and $20 for four-axle vehicles. Rigs with seven or more axles will pay $35.

BATA administers oversee revenues from the Bay Area's seven state-owned bridges, including the Dumbarton, San Mateo and Bay bridges.

Tolls on the Golden Gate Bridge will also increase July 1. Multi-axle vehicles will pay $6 times the number of axles. Drivers who use FasTrak will get a $1 discount.

The maximum toll, however, has been capped, with vehicles with seven or more axles paying the same rate. In 2010, a 12-axle vehicle crossing the Golden Gate Bridge would have paid a $36 cash toll. The same vehicle will now pay only $6 more, or $42.

Tolls on the Golden Gate Bridge are administered by The Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, which operates the bridge.


- Bay City News Service


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