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Oh and...

What the hell?!

Does San Fran think they are ALL THAT or something?
We have to PAY to cross the damn bridge?! We have to cross the bridge 4 times man! That's $20 I hadn't factored into my plan!!


Jun. 4th, 2003 12:45 pm (UTC)
Just Passing By
Actually, they don't feel that way at all:

"For over ten years, the Golden Gate Bridge toll remained a constant $3. During that time, Bay Area inflation eroded the buying power of those dollars by 3.4 percent annually, while fuel, insurance, and other non-directly controllable expenses increased by an average of 5.5 percent annually. Labor costs increased approximately 5.3 percent annually and the federal government¹s funding of key capital projects, such as the seismic retrofit, decreased substantially. Now 65 years old, the Bridge requires more significant rehabilitation to maintain structural integrity than in previous years. These factors, combined with the current economic recession, security challenges and an overall drop in travel, accelerated the need for local funds.

Currently, 50 percent of bus and ferry operations are funded by Bridge tolls, with another 30 percent coming from transit fares, and the remainder being met by federal and state subsidies. While many Bay Area counties have enacted local sales taxes to support public transit, Marin and Sonoma counties have not. Further, the Golden Gate Bridge District does not have the authority to levy taxes. Therefore, the use of surplus Bridge toll revenue has been the only local means available to support financial shortfalls of the operation of the District's bus and ferry services."

...At least you aren't driving into New York...
Jun. 4th, 2003 12:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Just Passing By
well is there a way to go around the bridge...or do you have to take it?

Because this is why I don't take toll roads
Jun. 4th, 2003 04:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Just Passing By
where are you going from & to?
Jun. 4th, 2003 04:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Just Passing By
Palm Ave to Mill Valley and then back and then to Petaluma
Jun. 4th, 2003 04:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Just Passing By
there are ways around the GGB toll. but, they take you across other toll bridges and so far out of the way, it's not worth it.
Jun. 4th, 2003 05:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Just Passing By

oh well it's all worth it for Joe Firstman haha
Jun. 4th, 2003 05:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Just Passing By
it's only $20. it could be worse.
Jun. 4th, 2003 05:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Just Passing By
hopefully it's only $20

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