The Golden Gate Bridge will begin testing a new system today that is expected to make the iconic span one of the few in the world to convert to all-electronic tolls.
Motorists will not notice any immediate changes on the bridge, where human toll-takers will still be on hand to collect money the old-fashioned way.
But behind the scenes, a revolution is under way that promises to alter how millions of people interact with the span.
"It's time for motorists who use the Golden Gate to think about what their preferred payment options are when full conversion takes place in 60 days," said Mary Currie, a spokeswoman for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District.
Starting today, motorists who fail to pay a toll for whatever reason can expect to receive an invoice in the mail for just that amount, as opposed to the current policy that levels an additional fine.