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Why is it always one step forward and two steps back?

Why is it always one step forward and two steps back?

Posted Jan 18, 2014 12:10 UTC (Sat) by pizza (subscriber, #46)
In reply to: Why is it always one step forward and two steps back? by giraffedata
Parent article: Supporting connected standby

> On the Golden Gate Bridge at San Francisco, there is no gizmo and no account. Couldn't be, because there are zero toll takers. You can't really block an important highway like this to visitors.

That's because the tolls are entirely electronic over the golden gate bridge, though they're only assessed in one direction. Incidentally, If you get a rental car in SFO it comes with such a "gizmo" needed to pay the tolls, and when you return the car all assessed tolls are added to your rental bill.

If you don't have a gizmo, they scan your license plate and send you a $25 penalty if you aren't registered in their system somehow (with a 48-hour grace period in case you accidentally get stuck crossing the bridge, it happens..)

http://goldengate.org/tolls/


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Why is it always one step forward and two steps back?

Posted Jan 18, 2014 19:32 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954) [Link]

If you don't have a gizmo, they scan your license plate and send you a $25 penalty if you aren't registered in their system somehow (with a 48-hour grace period in case you accidentally get stuck crossing the bridge, it happens..)

I believe you're mistaken about that. It sounds like you're describing bridges that have toll takers, but the driver blows right through (either the toll taker lane or the electronic lane without the gizmo).

According to the page you reference in your comment, if you drive across the Golden Gate Bridge without an electronic payment gizmo or an account, you get a bill in the mail for the toll alone, just as described in the original post. If you pay that bill, there is no penalty.


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