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July 5, 2011 > Trucks' toll hike waiver expires

Trucks' toll hike waiver expires

First phase of two-step Increase, effective July 1

Submitted By John Goodwin

The Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) reminds drivers of big-rig trucks and other vehicles or combinations with more than two axles that their one-year exemption from the 2010 toll increase on the region's toll bridges has now expired. The first step in the two-phase toll increase for multi-axle vehicles took effect at 12 a.m. on July 1, 2011, and will remain in place through June 30, 2012.

During this period, the toll for three-axle vehicles or combinations on the region's seven state-owned toll bridges will increase to $10.50 from the current $6. Tolls for four-axle vehicles will rise to $14 from $8.25; tolls for five-axle vehicles will climb to $18 from $11.25; tolls for six-axle rigs will go to $21 from $12 and tolls for vehicles with seven or more axles will increase to $24.25 from the current $13.50.

On the Golden Gate Bridge, toll rates for customers who pay cash will be set at $13 for three axles; $18 for four axles; $22 for five axles; $27 for six-axles; and $31 for vehicles with seven or more axles. Discounted tolls for customers who pay their tolls with FasTrak will be set at $11.25 for three axles; $15 for four axles; $18.75 for five axles; $22.50 for six axles; and $26.25 for vehicles with seven or more axles.

Beginning July 2012, tolls for vehicles or combinations with three or more axles will be fully indexed at $5 per axles, or $15 for three-axle vehicles; $20 for four axles; $25 for five axles; $30 for six axles; and $35 for rigs with seven or more axles. The fully indexed toll rate on the Golden Gate Bridge will be $6 times the number of axles, with a $5-per-axle rate for FasTrak customers.

BATA approved the two-step increase in tolls for multi-axle vehicles on the state-owned bridges in January 2010 as part of a comprehensive toll increase package to finance seismic retrofits of the Antioch and Dumbarton bridges, to help offset the increased cost of debt financing resulting from financial market turmoil that began in 2007 and to counter revenue losses caused by a decline in toll-paying traffic on the bridges since FY 2003-04.

BATA encourages all motorists, including drivers of big-rig trucks and recreational vehicles, to take advantage of the FasTrak electronic toll collection program to make toll payment easier and more convenient. FasTrak can be used in all lanes at all Bay Area toll plazas. FasTrak toll tags are available at Costco, Safeway and Walgreens stores throughout the Bay Area. Customers can also enroll in the FasTrak program online at 511.org; by calling 511 and asking for "FasTrak" at the first prompt; or in person at the FasTrak customer service center at 475 The Embarcadero in San Francisco.

For more information, visit www.mtc.ca.gov and http://bata.mtc.ca.gov/tolls/index.htm

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