Golden Gate Toll Takers on the Block

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    SAUSALITO, CA - MAY 08: Cars drive northbound on the Golden Gate Bridge May, 8, 2008 in Sausalito, California. The bridge toll could rise $1 to $7 by September 2009 if the Golden Gate bridge, Highway and Transportation District board of directors approve the increase for peak travel times and on weekends and holidays. The increase would come on top of an already scheduled rise in tolls this September from $5 to $6. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Golden Gate Bridge officials are seeking to eliminate all toll-takers by December 2012, making the bridge the first in the Bay area equipped with a fully electronic toll system.  

    The Marin Independent Journal reports that 32 positions would be cut in an effort to reduce the bridge district's $89 million deficit.

    The electronic system reportedly would use video cameras to capture vehicle license plate numbers.

    Drivers without FasTrak or other automatic payment systems would be billed by mail for their toll crossings.

    Officials say the plan would save $16 million over 10 years in salaries and benefits.

    The district's finance committee is scheduled to take up the issue Thursday. It could be approved by the full board of directors by the end of the month.