Golden Gate Bridge toll increase discussed in hearing


The district is considering the $3 toll for carpoolers during commute hours and the increased tolls for multi-axle vehicles as a means of reducing a projected $132 million budget deficit over the next five years.

The carpool toll would raise an estimated $1.3 million in fiscal year 2010-11. If approved later this month, it would take effect July 1.

Carpoolers currently do not pay a toll.

Tolls for multi-axle vehicles would double under the proposal.

Vehicles with three or more axles using FasTrak would pay $5 per axle with a maximum toll of $35. Those paying cash would pay $6 per axle with a maximum toll of $42.

Half the axle toll increases would begin July 1, 2011 and the rest on July 2012. The increases would raise $1.2 million in fiscal year 2012-2013.

Today's 6 p.m. hearing is at Whistlestop Wheels, 930 Tamalpais Ave. in San Rafael. The bridge district will hold another public hearing at 9:30 a.m. Friday in its board room in the Bridge Toll Plaza Building.

The district's staff will bring a final recommendation on the tolls to the Finance Committee for consideration on May 27, and the full board of directors will vote on them May 28.

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