Toll on the Golden Gate Bridge will be Increasing

An old Chevrolet makes its way past the toll booths on the Golden Gate Bridge Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in San Francisco. The historic bridge will take a high-tech leap forward when it becomes the first California span to replace all human toll takers with an electronic system that ends the need for motorists to stop and pay cash. Toll takers will collect money for the last time early Wednesday before the toll booths are closed for good. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Golden Gate Bridge tolls and fares for Marin ferry boats are going up.  The “Marin Independent Journal” reports the Bridge District’s board will vote on fare increases when it meets later this month.  The board has already approved higher bridge tolls.  They’ll go up by 25 to 50 cents on July 1st.  The increases are all but certain because the Bridge District is facing a 51-million-dollar deficit over the next five years, due to lower revenues, higher employee medical benefit and pension costs, and funding the final stage of the seismic retrofit for the bridge.