Golden Gate Bridge Ditches Human Toll Takers

By Sajid Farooq
|  Friday, Jan 28, 2011  |  Updated 1:51 PM PDT
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Golden Gate Bridge Ditches Human Toll Takers

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The world-famous Golden Gate Bridge

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Toll collectors are being pushed off the Golden Gate Bridge by the end of the year.

The historic bridge's finance committee voted in favor of replacing human beings with all-electronic tolling using FasTrak. The proposal was approved by the full board of directors Friday 13-2.

If approved, the bridge's 32 toll-collectors will be replaced with FasTrak booths. Those drivers who do not have FasTrak will have pictures of their cars taken and then billed at home.

The move is being made to save the bridge money. The iconic span is facing a five-year $89 million shortfall.

By going digital the bridge will save $16 million over the next decade.

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