Opinions sought on Golden Gate Bridge toll hike 

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  • A Golden Gate Bridge toll collector receives payment from a motorist during the morning commute on March 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California.
The public can weigh in on toll increases over the next five years for the Golden Gate Bridge during a series of meetings scheduled this week and one meeting in early February.

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District is hosting the meetings, which began Tuesday and will continue today, Thursday and Feb. 12.

Four options are being considered by the district that would bring in between $93 million and $138 million, depending on the increases, to offset a $142 million budget shortfall over the next five years.

The FasTrak toll would rise from $5 to $6.50 or $7 over five years. The current $6 pay-by-plate toll would rise to $8 by July 2018 (because the bridge is all-electronic tolling, pay-by-plate takes a photograph of a license plate and bills the vehicle owner).

The incremental toll increases have been used on the district’s bus and ferry transit systems since 1998.

Tonight’s meeting is from 6 to 8 at the Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd. Thursday’s meeting is 4 to 6 p.m. at the Fort Mason Center, The Gatehouse, 2 Marina Blvd. in San Francisco

The Feb. 12 meeting is at 7 p.m. at the San Rafael City Council chambers, 1400 Fifth Ave.

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