Daily News Briefs, June 24, 2020

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Golden Gate Bridge Toll Rates Will Increase Next Week

CBS News San Francisco reports, Golden Gate Bridge toll and transit fare increases will take effect on July 1. “The upcoming toll increase was approved by the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District back in 2019. Tolls are slated to increase every year through 2023, as part of a five-year plan.” This year’s increase will raise the FasTrak toll for two-axle vehicles and motorcycles by 35 cents to $7.70. The pay-as-you go rate will increase by 20 cents to $8.40 and the toll invoice rate goes up 35 cents to $8.70.

A new toll rate chart is posted on the bridge district’s website.

California Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD) San Francisco Bay Area (CA) Toll Rate Changes

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Connecticut May Start Screening Out-Of-State Arrivals For COVID-19

Hartford Courant reports, “Travelers from certain states could soon be asked to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine upon arrival in Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont said [yesterday], as officials seek to avoid the coronavirus surges that have plagued other states,” particularly Florida. Lamont added that he is talking with his New York and New Jersey counterparts about setting up a regional test or quarantine program.

Connecticut Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts)

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Golden Gate Bridge Lane Barrier Has Saved Lives

The Mercury News reports, “The movable median barrier that separates traffic on the Golden Gate was installed five years ago and is credited with ending an alarming trend of head-on collisions. There have been no head-on crashes on the span since they installed the barrier . . . , down from an average of about 2.8 per year. Between 1970 and 2015, there were 128 head-on collisions on the bridge, resulting in 16 deaths and dozens of serious injuries.” (Link inserted by TRN.)

California Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD) Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) San Francisco Bay Area (CA)

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These are just some of the toll industry developments TRN is following.

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