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Letter of the Day: Unpaid tolls

  • Morning commuters drive through without stopping at the Golden Gate Bridge toll booths on Tuesday March 27, 2013 in San Francisco. The bridge no longer has toll takers with an electronic system that took place at 12 a.m. Wednesday. (Conner Jay/Press Democrat)

<b>Unpaid tolls</b>

EDITOR: With the recent revelation that the Golden Gate Bridge continues to lose untold thousands of dollars every day on unpaid tolls, here is a solution that will cost a fraction of what they are losing. Post a prominent sign at the north end of the bridge:

No FasTrak?

No license plates?

Use right lane only — stop pay toll.

$500 fine for failing to stop.

All it would cost is the expense of re-activating one toll booth and staffing it 24/7. The cost could easily be covered by collecting what is now revenue lost forever.

Since bridge officials have no idea how much money they are losing, a one-year test is in order to compare recovered revenue and costs.

The solution is here, but officials seemingly will remain paralyzed. As usual.


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