Golden Gate Bridge Losing Human Toll-Takers
Cash will no longer be accepted at end of March
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2013 1:30 PM CST
A wave breaks under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

(Newser) – The Golden Gate Bridge is going to feel a little less human starting late next month. The bridge is shifting to an all-electronic toll system, which means the elimination of 32 toll-taker positions, reports the San Jose Mercury News. Drivers who currently pay cash are being encouraged to join the electronic Fastrak system. Those who don't join (tourists, for example) can still get across—cameras will record license plates so a bill can be mailed.

Fine, writes Andrew Leonard at Salon, himself a longtime Fastrak user. The march of progress and all that. "But it still seems to me that there is a meaningful difference between presenting people with the voluntary option of adopting a technology that makes tracking their movements easier, and requiring that everyone get an RFID chip embedded in their frontal cortex, er, I mean, on their car’s dashboard." Consider it another reminder of how much we're being tracked in the modern world. Click for his full post.

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UnkieStu
Mar 31, 2013 9:42 AM CDT
Oh, you are NOT being tracked by the gub'nant. The gub'nant of the City by the Bay is telling you, that you are so IRRELEVANT, that they do not even want ONE OF THEIR EMPLOYEES to TAKE YOUR MONEY! Kind of like the IRS who does'nt even want to write YOU a check anymore, to GET YOUR OVERPAID tax dollars. Just give them your bank info, and they will put YOUR MONEY into your bank account for you!
el_polacko
Feb 22, 2013 9:15 PM CST
i can't imagine how this is going to work. aren't there massive costs involved in billing everyone (including tourists) who drives across the bridge ? who is going to track all of these people down if they don't pay the bill ? seems a lot simpler, and more cost-effective, to just collect a toll onsite...or eliminate the toll entirely.
getoffmylawn
Feb 22, 2013 4:52 PM CST
The rental car companies are going to make a fortune on this! They will charge a 'service charge' of $200.00 for every toll charged to thier licence plates, like they do in Florida. This is a really bad idea. One lane should definitely be open for cash.