Bridge toll hikes approved 

Get ready to pay more, Bay Area drivers.

The tolls for all major regional bridges with the exception of the Golden Gate Bridge are set to increase July 1.

The Bay Area Toll Authority unanimously gave final approval to the hikes Wednesday morning. The plan includes a $1 hike to six local spans, and a $2 increase to the Bay Bridge for motorists traveling during peak travel times. Crossing the Bay Bridge would cost $6 during the morning and evening commutes, $5 during the weekend, and $4 during off-peak weekday travel.

The money would raise more than $160 million for infrastructure projects.

The Toll Authority is also proposing that low-emission vehicles, such as electric cars, pay the carpool rate.

Impassioned bicycle groups packed the boardroom to demand funding for a bike and pedestrian path across the Bay Bridge.

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