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GG Bridge board set to vote on phased-in toll increases

Tolls could rise to $8 by July 2018

The staff of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District is recommending a gradual $8 toll increase on the bridge over the next four years.

Under the recommended toll increase option that the bridge district's board of directors will consider Friday, the current $5 FasTrak toll will increase to $6 on April 7. The toll will then increase to $6.25 in July 2016, to $6.50 in July 2017 and to $7 in July 2018.

The current $6 Pay-By-Plate toll will increase to $7 on April 7, to $7.25 in July 2016, to $7.50 in July 2017 and to $8 in July 2018.

The current $3 toll for carpoolers and persons with disabilities will increase to $4 on April 7, to $4.25 in July 2016, to $4.50 in July 2017 and to $5 in July 2018.

The tolls for multi-axle vehicles will increase $1 to $2 per axle depending on the fiscal year.

In November, the board approved an analysis of phased-in toll increases under four options. Under each option, the Pay-By-Plate toll would increase to $8 by July 2018.

The FasTrak toll would increase to $7 by July 2018 under three options and to $6.50 under one option.

Bridge spokeswoman Mary Currie said the district is facing a $142 million shortfall over the next five years. The toll increase recommended by bridge staff is estimated to raise $123 million over five years.

James Lanaras, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service

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