Testing started this week for all-electronic tolling on the Golden Gate Bridge, putting the span on schedule to debut the new technology in March.
Installation is now complete; the only step remaining is 60 days of testing, according to Mary Currie of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. The bridge will become the first in the country to convert to an all-electronic tolling system, she said.
Motorists will pay tolls using FasTrak. For cars not equipped with that payment system, cameras will photograph the license plate and a bill will be sent to the associated address. Kiosks near the bridge will allow motorists to make one-time toll payments.
Starting today, motorists who lack cash or FasTrak have the option of being billed. They will have 21 days to pay.
Approved in 2011, the change is expected to save the transit district $16 million over 10 years, mainly through reduced employee costs. Some 32 toll booth workers will be laid off or reassigned.