Caltrans News Release
District 4
Harry Yahata, District Director

November 22, 2000
Contact:
Greg Bayol (510) 286-6169
Colin Jones (510) 286-5776
Jeff Weiss (510) 286-5543

Bay Bridge to Get on 'FasTrak' Next Week

The FasTrak electronic toll collection system will begin operation at the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge before the morning commute on Wednesday November 29, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has announced.

Toll Booth #11 at the right center of the toll plaza will be dedicated to FasTrak 24 hours a day, seven days a week. At the same time, toll booth #12 will be a mixed use lane, allowing both FasTrak users and cash/ticket patrons.

          

In December, Caltrans will open up another mixed use lane at toll booth #20 in the mini-plaza on the far right side of the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza. Until then, FasTrak customers who commute on I-880 are advised to use I-980 and I-580 to more easily access the FasTrak lane at the toll plaza.

"We’re excited about bringing FasTrak to the Bay Bridge next week," said Caltrans Director Jeff Morales. "Motorists with the FasTrak tag will have the convenience of electronic toll collection at the busiest toll bridge in the country. We are encouraging bridge commuters to obtain a tag so they can receive the benefits of FasTrak."

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 is being installed on all other toll bridges in the Bay Area where one dedicated lane will be operational on each of the spans as follows:

FasTrak has been in place at the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge for one week, the Benicia-Martinez Bridge since October 25 and the Carquinez Bridge since 1997. So far, Caltrans has issued 35,000 transponders to commuters, with an average of 400 new accounts processed each day.

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

Motorists who primarily drive the Golden Gate Bridge are asked to sign up for FasTrak by calling 1-877-GGB-TOLL. Those who cross the state-owned toll bridges like the Bay Bridge more frequently should apply for FasTrak at 1-888-725-TRAK.

Because of the high volume of FasTrak 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 prepaid or credit card account. Customers will receive quarterly statements with details on their FasTrak transactions.

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 this 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.

Caltrans is a department within the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency that operates and maintains California’s transportation system. For more information about the department, please visit our Web site at www.dot.ca.gov. Information about the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency is available on the Internet at www.bth.ca.gov.

Media Advisory: Colin Jones from Caltrans will be available for news interviews at the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza from 5 am until 7 am Wednesday morning, 11/29.