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July 1st Bay Area Bridge Toll and SamTrans Increase FAQ

The July 1st toll changes on all state-owned Bay Area bridges will affect almost all motorists, including carpoolers and motorcyclists. Find out how your commute will be affected by reading our FAQ. If you have a question that isn’t answered, please leave a comment below.

1. What are the new tolls for regular/single commuters during peak and non-peak commuting hours?

  • Golden Gate Bridge – The toll on the Golden Gate Bridge remains the same for two-axle vehicles: $5 with FasTrak, $6 cash
  • San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge – Weekdays (Monday-Friday) from 5-10 AM and 3-7 PM: $6
  • All other bridges* – Every day, all day: $5
  • Weekdays (Monday-Friday) at all other times: $4
  • Weekends (Saturday and Sunday): $5

2. What is the discounted toll for carpoolers during peak hours?

  • Peak/carpool hours are Weekdays (Monday-Friday) from 5-9 AM and 4-6 PM
  • Golden Gate Bridge – With FasTrak: $3. There is no dedicated carpool lane, so you must stop in a staff-toll lane to be accurately registered as a qualifying carpool.
  • All other bridges* – $2.50. You must use a designated carpool lane to qualify for the discount.

3. What happens if I drive in a carpoool lane without FasTrak?

  • You will receive a violation in the mail (by way of a camera that captures your license plate number as you drive through). You have 30 days in which you can get a transponder to have your violation waived.

4. Will carpoolers/vanpoolers need FasTrak?

  • Yes. If carpooling or vanpooling, you will need to obtain and display a FasTrak transponder.

5. Will my carpool vehicle be stopped so that someone can count the number of people inside?

  • Only at the Golden Gate Bridge, carpoolers will have to stop briefly at a booth, where an attendant will verify the number of occupants in the vehicle and assess a $3 toll paid with FasTrak.

6. Will vanpoolers be charged a toll?

  • No. Vanpools with 11 to15 passengers and a qualifying non-revenue FasTrak toll tag may cross toll-free on all Bay Area state-owned bridges*.

7. Will motorcyclists have to pay a toll?

  • Motorcycle riders will be charged the same rates as carpoolers (see question #3) and will also need to display a FasTrak transponder (available at Walgreens, Safeway, and Costco).

8. I ride a motorcycle. How am I supposed to display the FasTrak transponder?

  • You can keep the toll tag in the breast pocket of your jacket and it will be read by the FasTrak reader.

9. What is the new SamTrans paratransit fare?

  • As of July 1, 2010 the new SamTrans fare will increase 50 cents to $3.50.

10. Will Lifeline fares increase?

  • Yes, the Lifeline fare will increase 25 cents to $1.75 on July 1, 2010.

*Antioch, Benicia-Martinez, Carquinez, Dumbarton, Richmond-San Rafael and San Mateo-Hayward bridges
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0 thoughts on “July 1st Bay Area Bridge Toll and SamTrans Increase FAQ

  1. Your information about the tolls on the GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE is not accurate:
    Here is the correct answer to the first question, as the answer provided is not at all correct:
    1. What are the new tolls for regular/single commuters during peak and non-peak commuting hours?
    the toll on the Golden Gate Bridge DID NOT change on July 1: it is the same as it has been since 2008: Two-axle vehicles, daily, all hours $5 FasTrak, or $6 Cash.
    Here is the correct answer to the second question, as it is not accurate as stated:
    2. What is the discounted toll for carpoolers on the GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE?
    $3 across the Golden Gate Bridge. On the Golden Gate Bridge, there is NO DEDICATED CARPOOL LANE, so you must stop in a staff-toll lane to be accuaretly registerd as a qualifying carpool during carpool hours, 5 am to 9 am and 4 pm to 6 pm, weekdays.
    Public Affairs Dept. Golden Gate Bridge.

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