Bay Area Bridge Toll Increases

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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.

  • biker_pavan

    Was looking to see if motorcycles using car pool lane also need to pay $2.50 on dumbarton. Does anyone know ?

  • biker_pavan

    Got the answer. YES, motorcyclists also need to pay the new carpool rates. This is really disappointing.

    I really wonder what we are achieving by charging carpool users:
    – Bridge folks are going to make a bit more revenue
    – But they are removing the incentive to carpool
    – Which is not a good thing for our environment
    – They are also going to increase traffic congestion on 237 which is already very bad.
    – Caltrans already has messed up 101 – 85 intersection by a bad design where 85 traffic squeezes the 101N traffic. Because of the toll increase more people will take 237 -> 101N and this bad design will make things even worse for 101N commuters also.

    • Skunky

      Extremely disappointing. I live at the east end of Dumbarton and work in Palo Alto, but as of today I’m no longer using the Dumbarton at all to get there, not even with the car. I’d much rather take the long way around than deal with far-too-limited FasTrak. I’m only a one man boycott, but it’s still something at least.

      • Joe in MV

        I’m in a similar situation. I live in Mountain View, go to school at DeVry Fremont, which is just over the bridge. Using 237 instead would add about 20 minutes to my drive home, I’d still be able to use the bridge going to class. I might save a little money as I don’t think taking 237 would cost that much additional gas.

  • Jose Bonner

    Wait until you see the toll fee becomes $10.00 after the bridge is built! The state of California as we speak is in dire need of money to augment the budget defeceit due to the squandering of tax payers money. Remember the Gray Davis recall? How much of the taxpayers money was lost on that just to replace him with a far worse idiot! If they really want to milk the taxpayers why not make it equally fair to everyone! Let us put a toll plaza at mid point of California and collect on everyone crossing from south to north and vice versa. But I bet that most of the south will complain about it and will lobby on stopping it. Why, because they have all the money for lobbying, not in my pocket you don’t! The same people who chanted recall of the previous governor to appoint a much worse governor instead. All because of a bill passed to increase the vehicle registration fee. Again not my pocket you don’t!

  • Lily Mok

    Hey, today’s (7/5/10) toll was $6.00 at 3:07 PM. There was no traffic and today is also a government holiday in observance of the July 4th holiday…. in which the Fastrak office is also closed, when I called to ask about the $6/toll charge.
    Is this real? Pls let me know.

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