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All-electronic tolling begins on Golden Gate Bridge

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
At midnight a vintage Packard was the last car to cross the Golden Gate Bridge and pay cash. Since it opened in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge has never been without toll takers. Golden Gate Bridge toll

The toll booths are empty on the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time since Franklin Roosevelt was president. There are no more toll-takers because drivers can no longer use cash.

At midnight, a vintage Packard was the last vehicle to cross and pay cash. The same car also crossed the bridge on the day it opened 76 years ago.

There are now four ways to pay tolls: using a FasTrak transponder, paying by plate, which means you can have an account by registering your license plate; making a one-time payment online; or just waiting for an invoice in the mail.

Former toll-takers say they'll never forget the interesting things they saw over the years. "I've seen naked people come through here, you try not to look down," said former toll-taker Cheryl Butler-Adams.

In addition to the toll changes, the speed limit has been raised to 25 miles per hour going through the toll gates.

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