The Golden Gate Bridge District will hold the first of two public hearings on Wednesday to discuss its proposal to charge a $3 toll for carpoolers to cross the span.
The bridge district, one of the few spans in the country to let carpoolers cross for free, is proposing that the $3 surcharge to go into effect on July 1, a date that would coincide with a similar carpool toll at the seven other (separately managed) bridges in the region. The carpool toll will generate $2 million a year for the Golden Gate Bridge District, which is currently facing a five-year, $132 million projected budget shortfall. Along with carpoolers, the toll will also apply to motorcyclists and buses, which previously travelled for free on the span.
Wednesday’s public hearing on the proposal — in which local residents will be able offer feedback on the idea — will take place at Whistlestop Wheels in San Rafael. The meeting is slated to last from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
A second public hearing is scheduled for Friday at the Golden Gate Bridge District headquarters.