Posts Tagged ‘tolls’
Why Don’t We Just Get Rid of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District? That Useless Board, ‘N EverythingFriday, January 14th, 2011
And then just throw the GGB into the BATA along with all the others where it belongs?
“…[t]oll collectors are the bridge’s ambassadors to the motorists who use it and firing them could cost the district its public face, some directors argued.”
Why does the district need “a public face?” I mean, does the Bay Bridge need its own district? And who elected these directors? Why do some of them live hundreds of miles away?
Why do we need the district in the first place?
Just asking, Bro.
Uh, What’s Stopping Marin or San Mateo County From Charging Us to Visit Them? Turning Freeways Into Turnpikes…Monday, December 13th, 2010
I mean, what’s stopping San Mateo from putting up their own tollbooths? Or charging a per-capita two dollar fee for all BART riders coming into Daly City Station as compensation for us taking up all their space and breathing all their air?
Just sayin, bro.
Remember back in the day, back when you could pose a couple mannequiner in your ride to avoid paying the toll on the Golden Gate Bridge? Well, those days are over as of July 1, 2010. Why? Why not, Our Bridge needs money to pay for ferries and buses and whatnot. That’s why a $3 carpool toll is coming.
So instead of paying nothing, you’ll have $3 deducted from your Fastrak. What’s that, you don’t have the Fastrak? Well then you’re going to have to pay full price, whether you have three or more souls en tu coche or not. Fastrak, vill be (achtung, baby!) mandatory for carpoolers.
What’s that, at least you’ll be able to zip through the tollbooths with your new Fastrak? Guess again. You’re going to have to stop for a carpool inpsection so the toll-taker can count noses and do a manequin check to boot. That means that Resusci Annie isn’t going to cut it no mo.
These things are being used everywhere:
It was nice while it lasted but now it’s gone.
What kind of improved industrial light and magic animatronics will the George Lucas boys have to ccreate to continue beating the system when they come into the Presidio from points north every weekday morning?
The World Wonders.
“Effective Thursday, July 1, 2010, the Carpool Toll on the Golden Gate Bridge will be $3. To receive the carpool toll rate of $3, carpools MUST do the following:
- Have a FasTrak account in good standing and a valid FasTrak tag. The FasTrak tag must be mounted in the vehicle per instructions.
- Stop at a staffed lane so that the toll collector may validate the vehicle as a carpool.
- NOT use a FasTrak ONLY toll lane (you will be assessed the full $5 FasTrak toll if you use a FasTrak ONLY toll lane).
Obviously, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission can charge whatever it wants on our broke-down San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, but raising the toll at 5:00 AM every weekday morning when the bridge isn’t congested at all is not what can fairly be called congestion pricing.
Call it something else, MTC. Call it a toll increase, if you want. Whatever you call it, it’s not an implementation of congestion pricing.
Mssrs. Matier and Ross are highlighting this issue today:
“Bay Bridge drivers are going to be forking over an extra $2 during the morning “peak” commute hours of 5 to 10 a.m. starting Thursday – even though the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which made the call, has stats showing the actual peak is from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.”
Economist Bill Vickrey, the “Father of Congestion Pricing,” must be rolling over in his grave over there in New York.
What good does it do to send a signal to drivers that it’s better for society if they drive over the bridge at 4:50 AM vs. 5:10 AM? It does no good at all.
The latest missive explaining tings from the Ministry of Truth, after the jump.