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Golden Gate Bridge Toll Collection Goes Fully Electronic
March 28, 2013

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The Golden Gate Bridge, one of America's most iconic transportation symbols, has switched fully to electronic toll collectors.

The San Francisco-area Bridge, which opened in 1937, has switched over to the transponder and license-plate camera system in full in order to save money. A couple dozen people had, until very recently, served as toll collectors. California government officials were expecting to save $16 million in salaries and benefits during the next eight years.

Another benefit of going electronic, the state government hopes, is a smoother flow of traffic. With vehicles' having onboard transponders and automatic cameras taking rapid-fire pictures of every license plate that goes across the bridge, drivers won't need to stop. Estimates are that on average, 40,000 vehicles go over the Golden Gate Bridge every day.

A FasTrak electronic system has been in place since 2000, but it has been voluntary. About 30 percent of drivers were still driving through the human-powered toll collection booths.

The Golden Gate Bridge is the first major American toll bridge to automate its toll collecting fully.



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