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All-electronic tolling to start in late March on Golden Gate Bridge

Original post made on Feb 21, 2013

With the Golden Gate Bridge moving to all-electronic tolling by the end of March, bridge officials Wednesday began handing out informational guides to drivers paying cash at the toll plaza to notify them of the change.

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Posted by Roger Gathers
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm

And just what are the tourists from out of state supposed to do?? This is about the stupidest decision I have seen yet concerning bridge tolls.

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Posted by Tennessee Jed
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Feb 21, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I visited the ggb website and looked for the out-of-state or no plate vehicle toll payment options, and discovered there are several ways to pay the tolls, either before or after the crossing. Boy! I bet we will see 100% collection compliance with that system. Who thinks-up this nonsense?

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 21, 2013 at 1:37 pm

There may be a way of sneaking across by using a red laser light that binks...just saying...tee hee

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 21, 2013 at 1:37 pm

blinks...tee hee

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Posted by m
a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 21, 2013 at 2:53 pm

The bridge toll takes a picture of the front license plate. But, if it's a new car or anyone without a front license plate I wonder how they are going to collect.

My best guess is that they can have losses from non-collected tolls but they are minor to the labor costs to manually collect the toll.

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Posted by mg
a resident of Gatewood
on Feb 21, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Let's see-- $16 million saved over 8 years, say $2 million a year divided by 15 toll takers (nearly half of 28 will be reassigned) equates to $133,333/year(including benefits per toll taker... A good target job to cut costs. But, the next question, as mentioned above, is what about the out of state tourist, rent a car local, or other non payer? Is that included in the $16 million saved?? I doubt it. Just another "save money in theory, not in reality" edict. Heck, how else do you design a plane while it's flying?

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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 22, 2013 at 8:39 am

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

Sounds like the toll takers must not have been in a union. Maybe there are some openings at Castlewood that they could apply for.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 22, 2013 at 9:43 am

There are ways to coat a license plate that cannot be seen by a camera...tee hee...the camera will click but not record the number...duh

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