Bridge Carpoolers to Start Paying Tolls

Carpools will no longer cross the Bay Bridge for free and will have to start paying $2.50 per trip under a plan approved by a committee of the Bay Area Toll Authority, according to the Chron. The move, which could conflict with efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions because it may prompt fewer carpool trips, was opposed by authority member Tom Bates, mayor of Berkeley and leading advocate of fighting climate change. After Bates realized he couldn’t kill the plan, he proposed limiting the carpool toll to $2.00, but failed to garner enough votes.

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