Proposal for $9 tolls on Bay Bridge, $8 on other bridges gets big boost

By Lizzie Johnson : sfgate – excerpt

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Sunset cruise on the Bay Bridge photo by zrants

A measure to raise Bay Area bridge tolls to $9 on the Bay Bridge and $8 on others over several years took a major step forward Wednesday when a key transportation committee unanimously recommended putting it before voters in June…

But to get before voters, the recommendation will need approval from the full Bay Area Toll Authority, which usually follows the committee’s lead. A vote is expect Jan. 24.

If the authority gives the measure the go-ahead, the Board of Supervisors in each of the nine affected counties will make the final vote to place it on each county’s ballot for June 5 as Regional Measure 3. If it passes, the toll hikes will affect only drivers on the Bay Area’s seven state-owned bridges. The Golden Gate Bridge would be excluded. Commuters who cross two bridges to get to their destination would receive a 50 percent discount on their second crossing if they have a FasTrak pass…

The measure also includes a proposal to create an inspector general whose job would be to examine BART finances and operations…(more)

Good to know that they will use the increase in bridge funds to hire another high-paid consultant. That sounds like a winning strategy for workers who are paying an average of 40% of their shrinking incomes on housing. I’m sure they will jump at the prospect of paying higher bridge tolls.

 

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SF Parking Meter Prices on Roller Coaster Ride

By Rebecca Baron, nbcbayarea.com

New parking rates range from 25 cents to $4.75 an hour.

Ever-changing parking prices in San Francisco have drivers feeling like they are on a roller coaster ride. According to SF Gate, the Municipal Transportation Agency has adjusted meter prices for the fifth time since last July.

There is both good and bad news. Here’s the good: The price of parking at some curbside meters dropped to 25 cents an hour. But wait, before you grab a quarter and head for a parking meter, don’t forget, with the good comes the bad: in other areas, the price jumped to $4.75 an hour. (more)