Posted April 26, 2013
30 DAYS INTO THE ALL NEW ALL ELECTRONIC TOLLING PROGRAM
FASTRAK MARKET SHARE SOARS FROM 70% to 81.4%
Today, the Board of Directors were presented with an update on the new all electronic tolling program at the Golden Gate Bridge which began just 30 days ago on March 27. Click to view the PowerPoint presentation (watch Animation Video [slide 2] and NBC Nightly News [slide 9]) which includes the FasTrak market share growth information on slide 13.
In addition to the information presented in the PowerPoint presentation, we are reaching out now 30 days into this new program to remind, educate, re-educate motorists to slow down through the Toll Plaza and to not use the carpool Only toll lanes unless eligible. Here are the reminders:
- During carpool hours, we are seeing a number of motorists using the Carpool Only Toll Lane (toll lane #2) who do not meet the eligibility requirements for the use of the lane. We want to take this opportunity to remind, educate and re-educate motorists regarding the requirements for use of the Carpool Only Toll Lane (toll lane #2). At the Golden Gate Bridge, a carpool is 3 or more persons per two-axle vehicle (which is different than the requirements north of the GGB on 101 where is it 2 people or more). A FasTrak account is required. Motorcycles, buses and vehicles with a WHITE DMV Clean air decal are also allowed. Carpool hours are 5 am to 9 am and 4 pm to 6 pm on weekdays. Toll lane #2 is open to all traffic during non-carpool hours.
- On the first day of the All Electronic Tolling, we observed vehicles travelling through the toll lanes at speeds well in excess of the posted 25 mph. During the first few days of the new tolling program, the CHP was purposefully more visible on site and reached out to the press about the need for people to slow down. Speeds through the toll lanes dropped significantly in response. Now, 30 days into the new tolling program, we are starting to see some of the higher speeds returning. Again, we want to educate and remind motorists that the speed limit in the toll lanes is 25 mph.
- CHP is in charge of enforcement at the Bridge. We want to first remind, educate, re-educate motorists as we all recognize the need to adjust to the new conditions. There is no specific timetable for CHP enforcement but we do want to let people know that the education and readjustment period for the new tolling program will coming to a close and enforcement will be coming soon