Hearing set on bridge toll hikes for San Francisco Bay area

| 8/15/2003

The Assembly Appropriations Committee has scheduled a hearing on a bill that could raise tolls on state-owned bridges in the San Francisco Bay area.

The hearing on the bill, SB916, is set for Aug. 20. The bill would increase the base toll for a five-axle truck from its present $8.25 per trip to $9.25 per trip after July 1, 2004.

The bridges currently also charge a $1 surcharge to pay for seismic upgrades or retrofit, a bridge spokesman told Land Line. That brings the current total toll paid by big rig drivers to $9.25, which would potentially increase to $10.25 under the bill.

SB916 would require all the cities and counties within that area, including the city and county of San Francisco, to hold elections on the $1 increase. In addition, the counties would have to list how the extra toll money would be used.

The bill passed the Senate June 4 by a vote of 23-14.