Caltrans News Release

District 4
Harry Yahata, District Director

December 26, 2000
Contact:
Greg Bayol (510) 286-6169, Colin Jones (510) 286-5776
Jeff Weiss (510) 286-5543, Bob Haus (510) 286-5576

Last Two Toll Bridges Get on the ‘FasTrak’ This Week

The FasTrak electronic toll collection system will begin operation at the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge before the morning commute on Wednesday, Dec. 27, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has announced.

Toll Booth #5 at the right center of the toll plaza will operate initially as a mixed use lane, allowing any FasTrak, cash or ticket commuter to use the lane. This policy will be in effect until further notice.

San Mateo-Hayward Bridge FasTrak Lane                     
(see map below for more details)

In addition, the Antioch Bridge will begin FasTrak operation as a dedicated lane on Saturday afternoon, December 30.

Antioch Bridge FasTrak Lane

                             

(see map below for more details)

"We’re excited about fulfilling our commitment to bring FasTrak to all Bay Area toll bridges by the end of the year," said Caltrans Director Jeff Morales. "We continue to encourage bridge commuters to obtain a tag so they can receive the benefits of electronic toll collection."

For quickest service, applications for FasTrak can be obtained from the Internet at www.dot.ca.gov/fastrak. Applications can also be mailed or faxed by contacting FasTrak at 888-725-TRAK or visit the Service Center at:

Park N' Shop Shopping Center
1849 Willow Pass Road
Concord, CA 94520-2532

The system has been installed on all other toll bridges in the Bay Area. Over 50,000 transponders have been issued to commuters so far with an average of 500 new accounts processed each day.

Also, FasTrak transponders for Caltrans toll bridges are compatible with the Golden Gate Bridge and vice versa.

Because of the high volume of calls, motorists should expect to receive their transponders 2-3 weeks after they apply.

FasTrak customers receive a small wireless transponder that is easy to install on the windshield inside the vehicle. Each time you travel in the designated FasTrak lane, an overhead antenna reads the transponder and deducts the toll amount from a pre-paid or credit card account.

Motorists who sign up for FasTrak will also receive a 7.5% discount off the $2 toll, paying $1.85 per toll crossing.

Sales of commute ticket booklets will be discontinued at the end of the year after all toll bridges are equipped with FasTrak. However, motorists with outstanding commute tickets will be still be able to use them until December 31, 2001. They can also turn in unused commute booklets for refund.

All vehicles, including motorcycles and commercial trucks, are eligible to sign up for FasTrak which will be installed in all lanes on all Bay Area toll bridges by the end of 2001.

Media Advisory: Colin Jones and Bob Haus from Caltrans will be available for news interviews at the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge Toll Plaza at 5:30 am Wednesday morning, 12/27.