Pleasanton Weekly

News - July 2, 2010

Bay Bridge tolls now $6 in rush-hour

Even car-poolers have to pay--$2.50

by Jeb Bing

The Bay Area Toll Authority raised tolls yesterday on its seven state-owned toll bridges, ending the free ride car-poolers have had for years.

Auto tolls on the Bay Bridge are now $4 during weekday off-peak hours, $5 all day Saturdays and Sundays, and $6 from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.

In addition, a carpool toll of $2.50 has been introduced for the first time, with a $3.50 discount off the new $6 peak-period toll at the Bay Bridge. The discounted toll for carpool vehicles with FasTrak will be in effect between 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The regular auto toll rose to $5 at all times on the Antioch, Benicia-Martinez, Carquinez, Dumbarton, Richmond-San Rafael and San Mateo-Hayward bridges, according to the toll authority.

A spokesman for the Bay Area Toll Authority urged drivers to pay bridge tolls with FasTrak, which is available at many local Walgreens, Safeway and Costco stores. New customers who buy a FasTrak at a participating retailer through July 15 can get up to $10 in free tolls.

For more information, visit www.bayareafastrak.org or call 511.

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