measure that would set the conditions
for a $1 increase in tolls on state-owned
bridges in the San Francisco Bay area
has passed both the Senate and its first
test in the Assembly.
SB916, the toll for a five-axle truck
on state-owned bridges would increase
from its present $8.25 per trip to $9.25
per trip after July 1, 2004. The bill
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.
measure passed the Senate 23-14 in June
and passed the Assembly Transportation
Committee 11-5 in early July. It is now
before the Assembly Appropriations Committee,
which must vote on the bill before it
can move to the Assembly floor.