Posted by on March 23, 2018
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(by James Lanaras) – The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District is designing a new toll collection system that involves installing a gantry south of the current toll booth for the Golden Gate Bridge.

The gantry will stretch over U.S. Highway 101 and drivers will pass underneath it. The current toll booths are not being removed as part of the gantry project and will remain in place to provide redundancy in the
system as the toll operation shifts to the gantry, according to the district.

Construction of the gantry is expected to start at the end of 2019 and operations are expected to start in 2020.

The current all-electronic tolling system uses equipment installed in 2005 and must be replaced. The replacement equipment, which meets state standards and reflects improved technology, cannot be accommodated in the
current tool booths, so bridge district engineers are designing a new structure to house the new equipment.

Regardless of the changes, the iconic, art deco clock at the toll plaza will have a place of honor at the bridge, district officials said.

The Golden Gate Bridge’s board of directors Friday morning will discuss the three gantry styles that are under consideration: ‘Cable’, ‘Tollbooth’ and ‘Bridge Light.’ Photos of the three styles can be seen on the bridge district’s website at http://goldengatebridge.org/projects/toll-gantry/index.php.

A separate, more complex planning process may be implemented for a future toll plaza modernization project, and the removal of the toll booths could be part of that process, district officials said.

The bridge district is accepting public comment by email at bridgecomments@goldengate.org and by calling (415) 455-2000.