Bay bridge trying to rob me: no toll taker, fine in mail

By | November 10, 2011

This is absurd: On a trip to SF I selected a toll lane with a sign that said “FastTrack / Cash”. I had cash so I pulled up, stopped and held out my cash. No toll taker! What the heck?! I was pissed. I yelled at the toll taker in the next booth that the sign said Cash! He waved my forward, but he would not take my money.

I just got a photo of my license plate and a notice of toll evasion. I was in Lane 11 on 10/23/11 Sunday at 8:11:58. The fine is only $30, but that’s not the point. I’ll contest it, of course … and end up spending $500 of my time clearing my good toll paying name because someone needs to stop this highway robbery!

Unfortunately, I was alone in the car. I’m hoping they have records of what signs they displayed on what lanes when, because I didn’t get a photo, obviously, of the sign in the lane I selected. Has anyone else been a victim of this bridge robbery fastTrack Cash scam?

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0 thoughts on “Bay bridge trying to rob me: no toll taker, fine in mail

  1. Loren Amelang

    I remember moving to the right out of the three lanes painted “FASTRAK ONLY”, so I thought I was in one of the “peak hours” lanes. At ~2PM the signs said $4, but the booth was empty.

    From the citation: 10/25/11, 13:54:39, lane 10 of the Bay Bridge. The citation says I was exactly where I thought I was – see .

    I don’t get it… The car behind me honking furiously as I stopped at the booth obviously thought this was a FasTrak-only lane. But everything I can find says that’s only true for lanes 10 and 11 at “peak hours”. Unless FasTrak “peak hours” for the two variable-function lanes we were in are different from “carpool hours”… I can’t find any source that confirms they are, but I don’t see any hint they are not.

    1. Loren Amelang

      Ooops… Looks like this system eats URLs.

      The citation says I was exactly where I thought I was – see

      www bayareafastrak org /static/facilities/LaneDiagSF-Oak-final.pdf

  2. Loren Amelang

    Ooops – Looks like this system eats URLs.

    The citation says I was exactly where I thought I was – see

    http www bayareafastrak org /static/facilities/LaneDiagSF-Oak-final.pdf>.

  3. Loren Amelang

    I’ve finally received answers to my issue, from mtc.ca.gov:

    The pdf “LaneDiag” document is wrong, despite being still posted on their site. “Peak Hours” still equal “Carpool Hours”, but lanes 10 and 11 are no longer “peak hours” lanes.

    “The only discrepancy in your toll crossing was the lane type, lane 10 is a FasTrak only lane on weekdays, and Cash/FasTrak on weekends. Had you crossed on a weekend, there would be a toll collector on that booth.”

    Of course as Xeno found, that isn’t necessarily true…

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