Regional transportation officials are getting ready to give their formal sign-off on toll increases scheduled to take effect Jan. 1 on the Bay Area's seven state-owned bridges.
The Bay Area Toll Authority is expected to vote next week to go ahead with a $1 increase on the first day of 2019, the first of three toll hikes approved by voters last June as part of Regional Measure 3.
The Jan. 1 increase will raise tolls to $6 on the Antioch, Benicia-Martinez, Carquinez, Richmond-San Rafael, San Mateo and Dumbarton bridges. Bay Bridge tolls will go up to $5 for off-peak weekday hours, $6 on weekends and $7 for peak (weekday morning and afternoon commute) hours.
Revenue from the increases -- about $4.5 billion over the next 25 years -- will fund a package of about three dozen highway, transit and other mobility (bicycle and pedestrian) projects.
The toll authority, made up of elected officials from all nine Bay Area counties who are also members of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, held a pro forma public hearing on the increases last week. No one from the public showed up for it.