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Toll Increase Information

New Toll Schedule Begins July 1, 2010

June 2010
Beginning July 1, 2010, motorists will in most cases pay $5 (up from the current $4 rate) to cross the Bay Area’s seven state-owned toll bridges: the Antioch, Benicia-Martinez, Carquinez, Dumbarton, Richmond-San Rafael, San Mateo-Hayward and San Francisco-Oakland Bay bridges. On the Bay Bridge, however, this rate will vary according to the day of the week and the time of day — a concept known as congestion pricing. Tolls for autos will increase to $6 during weekday commute hours, dropping to $4 during off-peak hours on weekdays. (See details on the hours below.) On weekends, the Bay Bridge auto toll will be $5. The Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) expects the congestion pricing plan to reduce commute-period delays by as much as 15 percent to 30 percent on the Bay Bridge approaches as travelers divert their trips to the off-peak hours.

Also new at all of the state-owned toll bridges is a toll for carpools, which will be set at $2.50, or half the regular rate, during weekday peak periods of 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Carpools previously crossed the state-owned bridges free of charge during weekday commute hours. Motorcycles and inherently low-emission vehicles (ILEVs) with a DMV decal will also now pay a reduced toll during commute hours instead of passing for free. Carpools, motorcycles and ILEVs will not have to stop at toll booths, however. Tolls in these lanes will be collected exclusively through the FasTrak® electronic toll collection system. Also beginning July 1, 2010, a carpool toll goes into effect at the Golden Gate Bridge. Carpoolers must pay their toll with FasTrak to be eligible for the discounted $3 toll, and must stop briefly at a toll booth for occupancy verification. Click here for more information on Golden Gate Bridge tolls.)

Tolls for large trucks and other multi-axle vehicles will be going up on the Bay Area’s state-owned toll bridges as well. These tolls will be calculated by multiplying the two-axle base toll for cars by the number of axles on each vehicle. This translates to a $25 toll for a five-axle truck, up from the current rate of $11.25. Since most trucking companies operate under long-term contracts, the truck toll hikes will be phased in over three years, with the first increment delayed until July 1, 2011. Trucks will not be subject to congestion pricing.

The new toll schedule — which was approved by BATA at its Jan. 27, 2010 meeting — is designed to generate an additional $165 million a year, much of which will go toward the seismic retrofitting of the 27-year-old Dumbarton Bridge and the 31-year-old Antioch Bridge, the last two state spans in the region to undergo strengthening to bring them up to modern earthquake safety standards. Caltrans expects to complete the Antioch Bridge retrofit in 2012 and the Dumbarton project in 2013. For more about these projects, see the November/December 2009 issue of MTC's Transactions newsletter.

Funds from the 2010 toll increase also will be used to help offset the increased cost of debt financing resulting from the financial market turmoil that began in 2007, and to counter revenue losses caused by a decline in toll-paying traffic on the bridges since fiscal year 2003-04.

Four public hearings were held around the region in November and December 2009 to gather public input on the toll increase plan. Comments made at the hearings — and submitted via mail, e-mail or an online survey — helped shape the final toll schedule. The new toll schedule does not affect tolls on the Golden Gate Bridge, which is owned and operated by a separate district.

BATA will evaluate the performance of congestion pricing on the Bay Bridge and other impacts of the new toll plan annually, and will provide a report to the BATA Oversight Committee in July 2011.

Congestion Pricing Tolls on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

  • 2-axle vehicles between 12:01 a.m. and 5 a.m., between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and from 7 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday: $4
  • 2-axle vehicles between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday: $6
  • 2-axle vehicles between 12:01 a.m. Saturday and midnight Sunday, regular toll: $5

Bay Bridge Toll Schedule, Monday through Friday (2-axle vehicles)