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Tolls on Bay Area bridges have increased today.
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Bay Area transportation agencies are anticipating that toll increases that went into effect Thursday morning on seven of the region’s bridges will alter commuters’ driving habits, or prompt a move toward public transit options.
Starting at midnight Thursday, the Bay Bridge initiated congestion pricing, which means bridge tolls on the Bay Bridge will be continue to be $4 during weekday off-peak hours. On Saturdays and Sundays the toll will be $5, and during the morning and evening weekday commute, the toll is now $6 (from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays).
The regular auto toll has also risen to $5 at all times on the Antioch, Benicia, Carquinez, Dumbarton, Richmond-San Rafael and San Mateo bridges.
In addition, a there will be a carpool toll of $2.50.
BART officials are anticipating an increase in passengers on trains Thursday because of the increased bridge tolls. BART has particularly been reaching out to carpoolers, who are facing the prospect of paying a toll on the bridge for the first time.
Bay Area drivers are encouraged to pay bridge tolls with FasTrak passes, which are available at many local Walgreens, Safeway and Costco stores. New customers who buy a FasTrak at a participating retailer through July 15 can get up to $10 in free tolls.