Bridge congestion toll dropped

August 12, 2008 5:03:39 PM PDT
Transportation officials have dropped a plan to impose a congestion toll on the Golden Gate Bridge.

The plan could have pushed the cost of crossing the bridge to at least $7 during the heaviest periods of traffic.

Instead, officials are now looking into increasing fees for parking meters aling the route to the bridge, including Lombard Street and Van Ness Avenue. The variable fees would rise during the busiest hours, in an effort to free up more spaces and reduce the number of cars searching for parking.

"It's so that people think twice about where they need to go and where they need to park and what time of day to do it," San Francisco Transit Authority spokesman Jose Luis Moscovich said.

The congestion toll was tied to a $158 million federal transportation grant which included money to renovate the Doyle Drive approach to the bridge.

With the change, local agencies will still receive some money for Doyle Drive, but the exact amount is still being worked out.


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