Bay Area bridges’ tolls up by $1 next year

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Starting on January 1 next year, a $1 increase will be charged for travel over the seven bridges in the Bay Area, KRON4 reported.

The Bay Area Toll Authority said that from $6, the regular toll will increase to $7 for motorcycles and two-axle cars and trucks at the San Francisco-Oakland Bay, Antioch, Benicia-Martinez, Carquinez, Dumbarton, Richmond-San Rafael and San Mateo-Hayward bridges.

The $1 rise will also be applicable on tolls for vehicles with three or more axles.

These will be the new charges for next year:

·        Three-axle vehicles for $17

·        Four-axle vehicles for $22

·        Five-axle vehicles for $27

·        Six axle-vehicles for $32

·        Vehicles with combinations of seven or more axles for $37

This became the second out of the three toll increases under the Legislature in 2017 which approved toll rise at the toll bridges owned by the state.

The said legislature was through the state Senate Bill 595 and by Regional Measure 3 voters in 2018.

In 2019, the first toll increase went into effect while the third one will be in 2025.

The Senate Bill 595 and Regional Measure 3 still had legal challenges before the California Supreme Court. This makes the toll increase gathered to be placed into an independent trustee-managed escrow account until the resolution of the litigation.

The Bay Area Toll Authority said 2019’s revenue on toll increase was also placed in escrow.