Transportation

Golden Gate Bridge officials seek public input on toll hikes

By Mark Prado
Golden Gate Bridge
Mark Prado

Golden Gate Bridge officials are looking at plans to raise tolls over a five-year period beginning July 1.

Tolls increases on other state-operated Bay Area bridges went into place Jan. 1. The Golden Gate Bridge is operated by a special district and considers toll increases independently.

Golden Gate will hold public hearings as well as a Facebook Live discussion on toll increasing in the coming weeks on the proposals. One plan has some tolls closing in on $10 by 2023.

The district is facing a $75 million shortfall over the next five years because of the rising costs of goods and services. The toll increase options would raise between $75 and $100 million dollars over that period.

Any revenue raised beyond the $75 million would be used to improve transit service, especially on popular routes such as the Larkspur to San Francisco ferry service. The district is looking to purchase a new ferry vessel and expand the number of daily ferry trips to meet the growing demand for the service, according to the bridge district.