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Last hearing to sound off on proposed bridge toll increase

By dcuff
Sunday, December 6th, 2009 at 9:27 pm in Uncategorized.

A fourth and last public hearing on a proposed toll increase on seven Bay Area bridges will be held 6:30 p.m. tomorrow (Monday) in San Francisco before Bay Area Toll Authority administrators release their recommendation for higher tolls. The site is the downtown campus of San Francisco State University, 835 Market St., Room 609.

Toll Authority administrators have proposed three different options for toll increases. Central to each alternative  is raising the car toll from $4 to 5, effective July 1. But the options differ in how much they raise truck tolls, whether they call for an end to the free rides for carpools during rush hour, and whether the Bay Bridge should have congestion tolls with a higher charge during the rush hour and a lower charge at other times.

According to the Toll Authority’s web site, the staff will release their recommendation Wednesday morning at a meeting of the Toll Authority Oversight Committee.

For information about the toll increase, click here. About 10 percent of Bay Area commuters travel over a toll bridge. Only the Golden Gate Bridge is not effected the by the toll proposal because it is operated by an independent agency, not the Toll Authority.

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One Response to “Last hearing to sound off on proposed bridge toll increase”

  1. Robert Noonan Says:

    Just great. They scheduled a hearing on whether to punish commuters for commuting at 6:30 pm in SF, during commuter hours. No wonder they only got opinions of people who favored it. Another example of, “if you have to tax, tax the worker.” Someday people who have to depend on a paycheck for a living will say, “Enough!”

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