Toll Bridge Projects
BATA is responsible for funding and jointly overseeing the capital improvement, rehabilitation and seismic retrofitting of the seven state-owned toll bridges in the Bay Area.
In 1988, Bay Area voters approved Regional Measure 1, raising tolls on the state-owned bridges to a uniform $1 and pledging the proceeds to specific bridge corridor improvements. Caltrans owns and operates the toll bridges and is responsible for the construction of the voter-approved RM 1 projects, including a new span for the Benicia-Martinez Bridge, a replacement for the west span of the Carquinez Bridge, and widening the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. BATA is responsible for funding and overseeing the RM 1 bridge program.
With transbay travel in the Bay Area expected to increase
by approximately 40 percent over the next two decades, the California Legislature
in 2002 determined that new investment in the bridge corridors was needed,
along with a new revenue source.
Since 1998, drivers on all Bay Area state-owned bridges have paid a $1 seismic surcharge to help finance a seismic retrofit program to strengthen and reinforce bridge structures and roadways on five of the bridges in the event of a major earthquake. The seismic surcharge increased to $2 per vehicle on January 1, 2007, and then increased to $3 on July 1, 2010.
Metropolitan Transportation Commission • 101 Eighth Street, Oakland, California 94607
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