Solo drivers passing through one of Milpitas’ most congested areas will now have the option of breezing through an express lane, but it will cost them.
Toll takers could be eliminated by this time next year.
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.
The Bay Area Toll Authority is planning to install cameras on a stretch of Interstate 680 in the East Bay in an effort to catch drivers who are illegally using the carpool lane.
When tolls went up on state run bridges last summer, truckers were exempted, but that will change soon – in a big way.
Starting in November 2012, paying a toll taker on the Golden Gate Bridge will be a thing of the past. In this Good Question: How will all-electronic tolls work on the Golden Gate Bridge?
Proponents of congestion pricing on the peninsula call the Bay Bridge pricing tier a success.
The Golden Gate Bridge District approved a proposal Friday to collect tolls electronically only on the bridge starting in September 2012.
Within the next two years the Golden Gate Bridge District hopes to collect all its tolls electronically.
Hundreds of drivers ordered to go through the Bay Bridge toll plaza and then turn around when the bridge was shut down during a standoff last month have received tickets for not paying the toll.