Committee recommends toll hikes, carpool fees

Rush hour tolls on Bay Bridge could jump to $6

A proposal to raise tolls and eliminate free carpooling on the Bay Area's state-owned bridges is moving forward to a full vote later this month, including a revised provision on price increases for commercial vehicles.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission's Bay Area Toll Authority Oversight Committee Wdnesday approved a recommendation to increase tolls for cars and other two-axle vehicles by $1 on six state-owned bridges in the region.

On the Bay Bridge, the toll will remain at $4 during off-peak travel hours, but increase to $6 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Additionally, carpoolers would no longer enjoy free tolls under the new slate of proposals. Carpools would pay a reduced toll of $2.50.

The slate of recommendations will move forward to the full Bay Area Toll Authority for a vote at its January 27 meeting.

Bay City News contributed to this report.


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Posted by Gov Money
a resident of Happy Valley
on Jan 14, 2010 at 7:58 am

Funny, guess we are paying for all the poor management and budget overruns. If this was a company such as PG&E saying they wanted to hike fees the government would freak out.

I saw the interview with the head of Caltrans discussing the billions he has been granted in over run money for the bay bridge. He showed how little concern he and his government peeps have for spending control.

When are we going to see controls on Goverment and Government Agency spending... you can't keep taxing...... this is what these hikes are TAX

Now Bart can increase there prices...........

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2010 at 8:13 am

Who are these people that make these decisions? How about some pics of them and where they live. Transparency would be good in government too. And sorry but PGE is no better. Our rates are higher here than almost anywhere.

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Posted by ca94566
a resident of Castlewood
on Jan 14, 2010 at 9:27 am


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Posted by Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 14, 2010 at 10:44 am

I would really like to know who sets priorities for Caltrans. My issue is with the Sunol Grade project. Caltrans is in the midst of constructing additional "express lanes" to be used by carpools AND people willing to pay a fee to use the lane. This is all happening in the southbend side of the freeway where a carpool lane has existed for a few years and traffic flow is pretty good most of the time.

All this money is being spent to improve southbound traffic flow, but we are told no money is available to build a carpool lane northbound where traffic backs up from the 84 split all the way back into Milpitas almost every evening.

Who made the call to spend the money on the already "fixed" southbound traffic and ignore the northbound nightmare. I guess regional business leaders in the Silicon Valley care only that their employess can get to work, they could give a rat's arse if they can get home at night.

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Posted by kolohe
a resident of another community
on Jan 14, 2010 at 11:38 am

this is amazing. i have spent alot of time back east in new york, new jersey, massachusetts, maine, tennessee and floida. california is the only place that charges such high prices to use thier road and bridges and still have problems fixing the roads and keeping it clean. b.a.r.t. has the same problem. charge more and no up keep to the cars. when using the train "T" in massachusetts, you are able to eat on the train and it is spotless. what is wrong with this state. how do they get away with charging the consumer for use of the roads and public transportation and be proud that they have lots of grant money. i hate using our public transportation here in california. at times, it is actually cheaper to drive. is california fixable?

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jan 14, 2010 at 11:54 am

Stacey is a registered user.

kolohe wrote: "california is the only place that charges such high prices to use thier road and bridges and still have problems fixing the roads and keeping it clean"

That's because the Mob isn't as active out in California as it is back East.

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 14, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Why all the hate for PG&E? CPUC sets pricing.

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Posted by Rat Turd
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2010 at 9:13 pm

The facilities in this state are expensive and unkept so I do not know what the answer is. Is California the only state which does not use private contractors to maintain it s infrasture like CalTrans?

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Posted by Qwerty
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 15, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Yeah right. Charge us more to cross a bridge that can't even stay together.

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