Car toll proposal for Golden Gate Bridge goes forward 

The Golden Gate Bridge District’s Board of Directors unanimously approved a public-outreach schedule for a plan to impose a $3 toll for carpoolers, which could go into effect this July.

By approving the measure, the bridge district moved the process one step closer to a toll for carpoolers, who currently travel free on the span. Along with charging carpoolers — a category that also includes motorcyclists and private buses — the bridge district is moving forward with a proposal to increase toll rates for multi-axle trucks.

Combined, the two measures will eventually generate $2.5 million annually for the struggling bridge district, which is facing a five-year projected shortfall of $132 million.

The first public meeting about the proposals will come on April 7, at the conference room of the Embassy Suites in San Rafael.

The final decision on the proposals will come on May 28, and, if approved, the new carpool toll rates will go into effect on July 1.

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