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About Tolls and Traffic

© 2009 Barrie Rokeach

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Tolls are collected manually or electronically in one direction on each of the state-owned bridges according to a toll schedule established by BATA and the California Legislature. For the typical automobile, a $5 toll is collected — a $1 base toll, $1 for Regional Measure 2 and a $3 seismic retrofit surcharge. The toll schedule for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is different during weekdays when congestion pricing is in effect. Multi-axle vehicles pay a higher base toll with the toll determined by the total number of axles on the roadway in a vehicle combination. The complete toll schedule, can be found on BATA's website.

In fiscal year 2011-12, approximately 123.67 million vehicles crossed the seven state-owned toll bridges in the Bay Area, generating approximately $642 million in total toll revenues — including $139 million in base toll revenues, $116 million in Regional Measure 2 revenues and $387 million in seismic retrofit surcharge revenues.

The base toll revenues are used first to cover the ongoing operations, toll facilities maintenance and administration of the bridges. Remaining toll revenues fund debt service on Regional Measure 1 project financing and various transit and traffic-relieving capital projects that serve the bridge corridors.

Regional Measure 2 funds are used to fund the Regional Measure 2 projects.

The seismic surcharge toll revenues are used to fund a multibillion-dollar seismic retrofit program to strengthen and reinforce bridge structures and roadways on all of the seven state-owned Bay Area bridges, including the completed replacement of the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

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