Golden Gate Bridge Toll Increase

September 8, 2008 by  

It was $1 when I was a kid. It was $3 when I was a young man. It’s now up to $6 (for those paying cash).

Bridge Tolls Rise Again

Bridge Tolls Rise Again

Those who use FasTrak saw their toll rise from $4 to $5. The toll increase will provide the bridge district with another $18 million a year and help erase a projected five-year, $91 million deficit.

When construction of the bridge was pitched to voters back in 1930, campaign materials promised the span would pay for itself and, by 1970, “the bridge becomes a free bridge.” In fact, tolls decreased in the first years after the span was built, and the bridge did pay for itself by 1971.

But in the meantime, the district started bus and ferry service, which has sapped toll dollars. For each toll dollar collected, almost half – 47 cents – goes toward transit. District officials say the transit service takes cars off the road.

TOLL HISTORY

– May 1937: 50 cents each way, with a 5-cent extra charge if more than three passengers

– July 1950: 40 cents each way

– February 1955: 30 cents each way

– October 1955: 25 cents each way

– October 1968: 50 cents southbound

– March 1974: 75 cents southbound

– November 1977: $1 southbound

– March 1981: $1.25 southbound

– December 1981: $2 southbound toll on Fridays and Saturdays, $1 on all other days

– July 1991: $3 southbound

– July 2000: FasTrak implemented

– September 2002: $5 cash toll; $4 FasTrak southbound

– September 2008: $6 cash toll; $5 FasTrak southbound

Source: Golden Gate Bridge District

*The information above was derived from the Marin IJ.

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