New Measure Looking To Increase Toll On Bay Bridge To $9

In order to fund much-needed public transportation and roadway improvements, the toll on the Bay Bridge may increase to $9

By austind03 on January 31, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 02: Traffic flows across the eastern span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge November 2, 2009 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Bay Bridge reopened this morning after being closed for six days to undergo emergency repairs of cross beams and rods that broke and fell into traffic damaging three vehicles.
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Drivers on the Bay Bridge may soon have to pay a lot more to cross it.

According to KCRA 3, a measure to increase the toll on the bridge to $9 just got a unanimous recommendation from the Bay Area Toll Authority Oversight Committee.

If made official, the toll would increase during the next six years, with $1 hikes in 2019, 2022, and 2025. The measure would also raise the tolls on the seven other Bay Area state-owned bridges to $8 (excluding the Golden Gate Bridge). The money earned will go toward 36 much-needed regional public transportation and roadway improvements.

Committee member James Spering spoke about the measure, saying:

“This is not an easy decision of this commission. I think everybody knows that. It’s going to be a campaign that has a lot of controversy. … We have a responsibility to look at 5, 10, 15 years down the road. These are projects the public is demanding.”

However, voters will need to approve the toll increase before it takes effect. Based on early polling, there does appear to be decent public support for the measure. A phone survey conducted in November and December of last year showed that a majority of the 4,151 likely voters approve of the measure.

Michael Cunningham, senior vice president of policy for the Bay Area Council, offered his thoughts on the measure, saying:

“You’ve got a tremendously eager public. The polls show that… The public is desperate for public transportation solutions.”

Head right here to learn more. Also, let us know in the comments if you think this toll increase is a good idea.

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