First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
Motorists travelling over San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge are set to pay an extra 25 cents per trip from 1 July. According to a report by Marin Independent Journal
: “The onslaught of toll increases at the Golden Gate Bridge is not likely to subside as span authorities face looming budget deficits.”
The bridge board will need to decide if more toll hikes are needed in a discussion scheduled for this autumn.
The article on marinij.com said officials reported a $3.9m deficit for the coming fiscal year while financial forecasts from the district showed a $72m five-year deficit and a $360m ten-year deficit.
Denis Mulligan, general manager of the bridge district highlighted the issue of how to move forward: “One of the options is do we want to have a conversation with the public about tolls. The board will have to make policy choices ... If you look further out, our financial future looks cloudy. Costs seem to go up every year.”
For now, the toll costs $7.75 for drivers without a FasTrak electronic tolling account. Other bridges charge $5 - except the Bay Bridge, which can rise to $6 during peak commute periods.