Golden Gate Bridge ending toll takers this week
March 25, 2013
• Goes all-electronic on Wednesday
• An end of an era
Here’s some advice for motorists taking the Golden Gate Bridge southbound into San Francisco: Don’t stop.
After more than 75 years, there will be no human toll takers on the iconic bridge as of Wednesday.
Northbound has been a free ride, but it’s a toll bridge for those headed into San Francisco.
However, as of Wednesday, southbound drivers will not have to stop to pay a roll. Instead, computers will make note of the passage and pop a bill into the mail.
Twenty-eight toll takers are losing those jobs but the bridge authority says over half have moved into other jobs with the district or have retired.
Frequent travelers are being encouraged to open FasTrak accounts or a “pay-by-plate” account. FasTrak offers a discount, the bridge district says.
While the automated system is expected to smooth traffic flows and save money, the system won’t be able to answer any travel questions for those unfamiliar with the area.