August 22, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The historic Golden Gate Bridge will take a more modern approach to collecting tolls when it becomes the first California span to replace all human toll takers with an automated system.
The last toll taker will collect money at the end of business Tuesday. Motorists crossing the iconic orange bridge Wednesday morning will be able to speed through the gates without stopping.
It will be the first time since the bridge opened in 1937 that workers won't be there to collect tolls.
Bridge officials say drivers will instead be able to pay using digital transponders or a new system that scans license plates and mails out bills. Using cash on the span will no longer be an option.
The switchover is expected to save about $16 million over eight years.
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