Big-Rig Drivers Brace For Huge Toll Hikes On Bay Area Bridges

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – Tolls on San Francisco Bay area bridges are going up for big-rig trucks.

Starting Friday, five-axle big-rigs will pay $18 — up from $11.25 — to cross the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the Antioch, Benicia, Carquinez, Richmond-San Rafael, San Mateo and Dumbarton bridges. A year from now, the toll for those trucks will rise to $25.

On the Golden Gate Bridge, big rigs will pay $22 — up from $15 — starting Friday. The toll on the Golden Gate will climb to $30 a year from now.

Although the rate hikes do not affect two-axle cars, cars towing trailers will also pay higher tolls.

Bay Area Toll Authority officials, who are responsible for the seven bridges other than the Golden Gate, said the increase is needed in part to pay for seismic retrofits.

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  • Sick of it all

    Great,, so now we will ALL be paying even higher prices for everything since the truckers have to pass the higher costs of fuel, tolls, etc. on to the consumer. Thank-you, again, Bay Area Toll Authority, for making it harder on everyone else. And don’t give me the seismic retrofit reason, you would find ANY excuse to raise tolls. Some of us know the real reason, which is to eventually make it too unbearable for any one to drive in your precious little Bay Area. So, I will respond in kind and NOT spend any more of my money in local shops, restaurants, etc. anymore. Sayonara!

  • normsrevenge

    Do “Bay Area Toll Authorities” and their families have to pay tolls?

    Do they consume commercial products trucked to their stores of choice?

    The Death Spiral of a society is only accelerated when priorities and logic are tipped on their heads.

  • bob

    It’s still less expensive than a privatized bridge, that’s for sure!

  • JG

    @Sick of it all

    Trucks (because of higher weight) do more damage to ALL roadbeds. This is why they have weigh-stations – to try to tax trucking by weight caused damage. Having lower tolls simply subsidizes a cost that was always there. This is simply bring the costs out that should have been upfront the whole time. And yes, you may discover that trucked goods increase prices and may have been an economically unviable way of doing transport IN THE FIRST PLACE.

    • Patti Wood

      I have never heard such nonsense in my life. As a retired trucker, I can say that weigh stations ENFORCE the existing weight limit for trucks in ALL states (without special permits) which is 80,000 GVW. Truckers are fined for exceeding this weight and excessive axle weights. I don’t know what planet you live on, but to assume that trucked goods are more expensive is ludicris. Just how, pray tell would you get goods from the manufacturer to the consumer WITHOUT a truck? Trains? Would you have train tracks paralleling every major road in the country? Trains can’t even get diesel fuel to run without trucks. Ships? Should we build ports capable of handling containers full of freight in every city and town in the country? By air? Air freight (which I worked in for 6 years) is more expensive and there aren’t even enough airports to begin to handle the volume of goods shipped in this country. Whether you like it or not–trucks (and truck drivers) are a part of life and you should be glad you have them because without them you wouldn’t be able to get anything you use in your daily life.

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