Grace Period to End on Golden Gate Bridge

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    NEWSLETTERS

    AP
    The world-famous Golden Gate Bridge

     Drivers traveling over the Golden Gate Bridge are reminded by  bridge officials that accepted forms of payment for the $3 carpool toll are  about to change starting Monday.

          Today is the last day cash will be accepted for the carpool toll  that went into effect on July 1, said Marie Currie, spokeswoman for the  Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.
         
    Beginning Monday, bridge customers will need to travel through  staffed toll lanes with a valid FasTrak account and tag to be eligible for  the discounted toll. Otherwise, the full toll amount - $6 in cash lanes and  $5 in FasTrak-only lanes - will be charged, Currie said.
         
    Carpoolers will need to stop at a staffed lane so that a toll  collector can confirm that the vehicle meets occupancy requirements for  carpools, which is three or more persons.
         
    Buses and motorcycles, including three-wheeled motocycles, are  also considered carpool vehicles. However, two-seat vehicles and vehicles  with rear axle dual tires do not qualify as a carpool on the Golden Gate  Bridge.
         
    Vehicles traveling through the FasTrak toll lane will be charged  the full $5 toll even if there are enough passengers to qualify for the  carpool rate, Currie said.
         
    To open a FasTrak account, drivers can call (877) BAY-TOLL, or  (877) 229-8655; apply online at www.bayareafastrak.org; or in person at  either the customer service center located at 475 The Embarcadero in San  Francisco or at select Walgreens, Safeway and Costco locations.
     

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