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The times are a-changin' for Golden Gate commuters

By Kayli Gascoigne
On April 8, 2013

 

After 76 years of having toll workers work the Golden Gate Bridge this is no longer something that will occur.  

Originally when hearing this concept I was a bit sad that this would be an end to something that I have known my whole life.  

The bridge opened in 1937 and now is saying goodbye to a tradition it has maintained.  

Going to Sonoma State and living in the Bay Area I cross the bridge on a monthly basis.  It became part of my routine to see a bridge toll worker greet me and ask how I was doing. 

 Yes, it was a hassle to always make sure I had money on me to pay that six-dollar toll, but now I will be having a picture taken of myself sent with a notification of payment to my address.  

This almost seems more complicated if you ask me. 

 I would rather just get the payment done, rather than having to wait until I get a bill in the mail.  

That leads to the question of what happens if you don't pay?  Then do you have the DMV hunting you down to pay a six-dollar toll? 

 It just seems quite ridiculous for the amount the toll is.  I was fine being able to pay the toll and get that done for the drive.  

This change came up due to the amounts of money it will save, which will be millions.  Also, it is expected to decrease the traffic created by the tollbooths.  

Yet, another question that comes up for me is what will happen to tourists if they are driving across the bridge? Does an invoice get sent to whatever country or state they live in?  

The tollbooth workers said goodbye to their tollbooths in the end of March.  Many of them have worked the toll for years and years, having this change affect their daily lives.  

The sad truth is that the bridge will not be the same without these tollbooth workers and that leaves a sad truth for many.  


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