Updated December 30, 2013

Public Invited to Comment on Four Toll Increase Options

Your valued toll dollars keep the North Bay moving, improving the quality of life in the region.

Four Toll Increase Options  |   Why a Toll Increase?To Comment  |  Public Meetings Scheduled  |  Additional Relevant InformationPast Public Meetings & Reports  |  News Coverage

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Four Toll Increase Options For Public Input

Please take a moment and tell us what you think about the idea of increasing tolls incrementally (a little at a time over a 5-year period) vs. one larger toll increase every 5+ years at tolls@goldengate.org.

For the first time, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD) is introducing the idea of incremental toll increases similar to what we have been doing for bus and ferry transit customers since 1998. If we increase the tolls in smaller increments over a five-year period, the impact to our customers' budget won't be as hard as one large increase every five to 10 years.

Carpool, persons with disabilities, and multi-axle rates:

  • Carpool and persons with disabilities toll rate will increase by the same amount as the FasTrak toll rate. For example, if the carpool toll is $3 and the FasTrak toll is increased by $1, the new carpool toll will be $4.
  • Multi-axle vehicles (3+ axles), the per-axle rate beginning with the 3rd axle will remain equal to the base 2-axle rate for that payment type (FasTrak or Pay-By-Plate). For example, if the base toll rate of $18 is increased by $1, then the rate for each axle beginning with the 3rd axle will increase by $1. Multi-axle toll projections based on Options 1-4

Why a Toll Increase?

The District is facing a newly-projected (Oct. 2013), 5-year shortfall of $142M and a toll increase is now proposed due to the following key factors:

Keeping pace with inflation as traffic volumes remain flat: The District provides bus and ferry service as an alternative to driving between the North Bay and San Francisco as well as operating and maintaining the bridge. We have just four funding sources to draw from: tolls, transit fares, grants, and advertising/concessions. Tolls provide the lion's share of our revenues. Fuel for the buses and ferries and steel and paint for the bridge are more expensive today than in 2008 when tolls were last increased. At the same time, toll revenues have remained flat as traffic volumes have not grown.

Asset preservation for future generations: Tolls allow us to maintain the facilities and equipment that serve more than 50 million customers annually. The Bridge, at 76, has increasing demands for repairs and improvements. Up next are the installation of the moveable median barrier, the completion of the seismic retrofit, the south tower rehabilitation, and repairs to the roadway floorbeams. Concurrently, the more than 40-year-old transit system requires similar attention to aging infrastructure with the required ferry gangway and pier replacement project, the ongoing ferry vessel rehabilitations, bus maintenance facilities upgrades, and the ongoing replacement of aging buses. As such, the capital improvement budget for the next 10 years has grown to $1.4 billion. We anticipate that $370 million of this must be raised from tolls to qualify for maximum federal and state grant funding. Click HERE to see projection of reserve funding depleted by 2016. Click HERE to see reserve funds available for Capital projects. Click HERE for key examples of critical infrastructure projects that will be initiated in the next 5 years.

Keeping traffic moving by offering alternatives: Tolls are used to subsidize our bus and ferry systems, which in turn keep traffic moving by reducing commute traffic by about 25 percent. Tolls are the only way we can sustain current levels of bus and ferry services as they are used to fund one-half of the cost to operate these systems. Sustaining transit service levels provides North Bay residents with an alternative to driving, greatly reducing traffic on the already heavily congested Highway 101 in Marin.

Doyle Drive commitment: The reconstruction of Doyle Drive, the southern approach to the Bridge, is underway and now slated to be completed in 2016. As part of a regional funding agreement that enabled federal funding for construction, the District committed $75 million to the project, due at the end of construction. A toll increase is also needed to fund this crucial commitment.

Public Meetings Scheduled for Public Input

Read the information that will be presented at all meetings HERE.

Marin County: Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 5 pm to 7 pm, The Whistlestop, Caboose Meeting Room, 930 Tamalpais Avenue, San Rafael, CA

Sonoma County: Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 6 pm to 8 pm, Petaluma Community Center, Activity Room, 320 N. McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma, CA

City and County of San Francisco: Thursday, January 23, 2014, 4 pm to 6 pm, Fort Mason Center, The Gatehouse, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, CA

Formal Public Hearing: February 12, 2014, 7 pm, San Rafael City Council Chambers, 1400 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, CA

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How to Comment

Submit a comment in one of the following ways (note: comments are due by 4:30 pm on February 14, 2014):

  • Email tolls@goldengate.org or publichearing@goldengate.org
  • Complete our online comment form
  • At one of the public meetings
  • By US mail: District Secretary, GGBHTD, PO Box 9000, Presidio Station, San Francisco, CA 94129-0601

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Additional Relevant Information

Adopted Budget FY 2013/2014  |  Annual Financial Report FY 2012/2013

Transit Subsidy, FY 2009/10 to FY 2013/14  |  Operating Expenses, FY 2009/10 to FY 2013/14

GGBHTD 2011 Salaries on State Controller's Website  

Number of Employees, Wage Increases over Last 7 Years, Top Salary by Job Classification

Who Uses the Golden Gate Bridge

History of Golden Gate Bridge Toll Increases 

Toll Rates at Port Authority of NY & NJ   |   Toll Rates at MTA Bridges & Tunnels

Multi-Axle Toll Projections

Past Public Meetings & Staff Reports

November 15, 2013: Read the staff report.

October 25, 2013: Board of Directors meet to discuss the concept of a possible toll increase in 2014. Read the staff report regarding the current financial condition of the GGBHTD which shows a $142 million 5-year shortfall.

September 19, 2013: Finance Committee report presented the newly updated 5- and 10-year projections.

News Coverage

January 19, 2014, Larkspur-Corte Madera Patch: Golden Gate Bridge District Considers Toll Increases
January 18, 2014, KGO-TV: Meetings to discuss proposed Golden Gate Bridge toll hikes
January 18, 2014, Marin IJ: Golden Gate Bridge toll increase hearing set for Tuesday in San Rafael
December 19, 2013, Marin IJ: Marin Voice: Why Golden Gate Bridge tolls need to be raised
December 11, 2013, Marin IJ: Editorial: Bridge district must justify toll hikes
November 17, 2013, Patch.com: Could Golden Gate Bridge Tolls Increase to $8?
November 15, 2013, SF Chronicle: Public meetings set on Golden Gate Bridge toll hikes
November 15, 2013, Marin IJ: Golden Gate Bridge drivers could see annual toll increases over next five years
November 15, 2013, Bay City News on NBC Bay Area: Golden Gate Bridge Tolls Could RIse to $8 by 2018
November 15, 2013, KTVU: Golden Gate Bridge tolls could rise to $8 by 2018
November 15, 2013, KCBS radio: Golden Gate Bridge Toll Could Hit $8 By 2018
November 14, 2013, KALW radio: Golden Gate Bridge Tolls Could Hit $8
November 13, 2013, Associated Press story in the Manteca Bulletin: Golden Gate Bridge Officials Eyeing Toll Hike
November 13, 2013, Pacific Sun: Bridge commute to take a higher toll...
November 13, 2013, Bay City News story in SF Examiner: Board to address Golden Gate Bridge toll raise proposal
November 12, 2013, KTVU: Golden Gate Bridge toll increase to be discussed
November 12, 2013, Larkspur-Corte Madera Patch: Golden Gate Toll Increase Discussion on Friday
November 12, 2013, ABC7 News: Golden Gate Bridge toll could hit $8
November 12, 2013, Marin IJ: Golden Gate Bridge toll increase options come into focus
November 12, 2013, KGO Radio: Golden Gate Bridge Toll Could Increase to $8
November 12, 2013, San Francisco Chronicle: Golden Gate Bridge district considers toll hikes
November 9, 2013, Press Democrat Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down
November 8, 2013, Marin IJ Editorial: Golden Gate toll increase deserves full-blown public process
October 26, 2013, Marin IJ Reader's Forum: Easy way out
October 25, 2013, KTVU TV: GG Bridge District considers boosting toll to $7
October 25, 2013, KQED radio: Toll Hike Likely on Golden Gate Bridge Next Year
October 25, 2013, Bay City News, picked up by various media outlets: Golden Gate Bridge tolls may increase next year
October 25, 2013, San Francisco Chronicle: Golden Gate toll hike around the bend?
October 25/26, 2013, Marin IJ: Golden Gate Bridge board ponders toll increase as deficit mounts
October 24, 2013, KCBS radio with Phil Matier: Golden Gate Bridge Toll Likely To Increase in 2014
October 23, 2013, Marin IJ: Golden Gate Bridge toll increase on the table for 2014
September 20, 2013, KCBS radio: Golden Gate Bridge District May Raise Tolls Again