Golden Gate Bridge electronic tolls start in 2013

SAN FRANCISCO — Drivers using San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Bridge will finally see the anticipated change from human toll-takers to an all-electronic toll system in early 2013, officials said.

The system will switch to electronic tolling in February instead of this month as previously announced, Bridge spokeswoman Mary Currie said Tuesday.

"It's where the industry is going, the technology is here; it's workable and doable. We anticipate seeing improvements in flow of traffic during our peak period of congestion," Currie told the Marin Independent Journal (http://bit.ly/NCDR6Z ).

More than two-thirds of drivers using the bridge will continue to pay tolls using FasTrak, the current system that automatically tallies tolls based on a device placed in vehicles, Currie said.

Drivers will also be able to pay through a pay-by-plate account where toll-lane cameras would record license plate numbers and charge credit or debit cards each time they cross. Drivers can pay online or at special pay stations located along the Highway 101 corridor.

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