Even though Bay Bridge drive-time tolls increased in July for both regular cars ($6) and carpools ($2.50), the fact that carpooling no longer means a free ride has meant fewer drivers queuing up to pick up casual carpoolers. Bridge authorities estimate that carpooling has gone down 25% since July, by about 4,000 cars per day, meaning those poor East Bay folk who line up on random corners to get in a car with a stranger have to wait that much longer to find a ride.

And as Oakland North reports in the video above, it also makes for a bit of daily awkwardness about whether or not to offer the driver a dollar -- this still being cheaper than BART -- or whether to make the driver pay the $2.50 because, hey, you're helping save them $3.50. [Oakland North]