Golden Gate Bridge tolls go all electronic

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GoldenGateBridgeSAN FRANCISCO — Keep your wallet in your pocket next time you need to cross the Golden Gate Bridge.

Starting Wednesday morning, the humans will be gone from the iconic structure’s toll booths, the windows will be covered and all-electronic tolling will go live.

Regular bridge crossers are advised to open a FasTrak account and use the system’s dashboard transponders get discounted toll rates ($5 instead of the usual $6). Officials say about 70 percent of all vehicles crossing the bridge already use FasTrak accounts, which are good on all Bay Area bridges and express lanes.

Drivers without FasTrak accounts have three other options for paying the toll. They can open a license-plate account; each time a registered vehicle crosses the bridge, the driver’s credit card is charged the full toll.

Travelers also can make a one-time payment of up to 30 days before or 48 hours after crossing the bridge by phone, online or in person at a cash-payment location.

And finally, there is the so-called toll-invoice option. Vehicles crossing the bridge without having arranged payment will have an image of their license plate captured via camera and an invoice will be mailed to the registered owner.



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