A view of a bridge connecting Oakland and Alameda.

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Officials Rule Out Tolls On Alameda's Bridges

Carrie Hodousek
June 18, 2019 - 8:19 am

Alameda city officials want to set the record straight about possible tolls to cross the city’s bridges.

Vice Mayor John Knox White said the council is not considering such a proposal, despite talk suggesting that drivers would soon have to pay to cross the channel to Oakland. 

“We’re not there yet," said Know White. "We would first have to change state law because we’re not even legally allowed to do this."

The idea came from a city council meeting to discuss Alameda’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The council is considering its Climate Action and Resiliency plan to cut emissions by 50 percent by 2023.

One council member suggested cutting down greenhouse gases by 80 percent by implementing a $5 fee to enter and exit the island.

The proposal angered residents who read about it in an online post.

Knox White vowed that it will not be voted on by city council.

“Someone decided to post on social media that in July we will be voting to toll all the bridges and tubes in town, which is not at all the case,” he said.

The Climate Action and Resiliency plan includes adding more safe bikes lanes, more bus lines and 2,000 new trees over the next 12 years.

“The majority of people we’ve heard from are not supportive of tolling the bridges, but again, that’s not even being put forward for consideration,” Knox White said.

City Council is expected to vote on the climate plan July 16.