We first heard back in September of a plan to phase out all humans at the toll plaza at the Golden Gate Bridge, and now a firm, official date has been set: March 27. What does this mean? It means that if at this late date you still don't have a FasTrak transponder, a camera at the toll will snap a photo of your license plate and you'll get a bill in the mail.
You'll be able to make payments online, and you can even pre-pay a toll for a planned trip up to 30 days ahead of time. All payments will be due 21 days after a bill is received, or else you'll be charged a $25 penalty, so it would behoove you to get FasTrak. Also, your toll is only $5 with FasTrak, versus $6 without.
The system has already been in a test phase since January 30.
The move is expected to save the Bridge District a whopping $19 million in salaries and benefits over the next eight years, and the 32 workers who worked at the bridge will need to find other jobs at other bridges, or elsewhere.