Travel Time on Bay Bridge Decreases

By Mathew Luschek
|  Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011  |  Updated 8:15 PM PDT
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Travel Time on Bay Bridge Decreases

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SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 02: Traffic flows across the western span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge November 2, 2009 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Bay Bridge reopened this morning after being closed for six days to undergo emergency repairs of cross beams and rods that broke and fell into traffic damaging three vehicles. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Drivers heading into San Francisco across the Bay Bridge may not have noticed their travel time has decreased, but a report says it has, according to the Mercury News.

A report made Wednesday states the wait time on the westbound bridge during peak hours in the morning and evening, has dropped from 27 minutes to 23.

The reason for this drop is largely due to the toll increase.. Previously the toll for the bridge was a flat $4, which was upped in July to $6 during rush hours.

While it may not seem like much, Steve Heminger, executive director of the Toll Authority says it's a significant improvement.

"There are not many things that we present to you that produce a 15 percent improvement on a Bay Area transportation network," Heminger said.

Officials suggest the things like unemployment rates, and gasoline prices may be contributing to why people aren't paying the $6. Motorists may also be leaving a little earlier or later to avoid the cost.

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