Cash Tolls On Their Way Out At Bay Area Bridges

Matt Bigler
September 05, 2019 - 10:06 am
Benicia-Martinez Bridge

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(KCBS Radio) — Bridges around the Bay Area are one step closer to eliminating toll booths that accept cash.

Getting rid of the time-consuming cash transactions may speed up traffic on the spans, officials hope. 

So, instead of digging for dollars at old fashioned toll plazas, some of which date back to the 1930s, drivers will sail through on "open-road toll lanes," paying via their Fastrak accounts, or by having their license plates scanned, and then receiving a bill in the mail. 

The Golden Gate Bridge is the only local bridge that's already totally cash-free.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission on Wednesday approved a $4 million contract aimed at helping to switch the rest of region's bridges to all electronic tolls. 

The entire transition is expected to take five years.