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New bridge toll assistance programs to go into effect in 2023

Original post made on Dec 30, 2022

Two bridge toll assistance programs are set to go into effect in early 2023, offering free crossings for eligible military veterans and a penalty waiver for low-income residents.

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Posted by NanaDi
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 30, 2022 at 10:22 am

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Definitely an Idea Whose Time Has Come! Especially in the case of our veterans, this exemption from bridge tolls is long overdue.

Posted by Mauricio Gonzalez
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 30, 2022 at 12:23 pm

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Low income drivers crossing these bridges should simply be able to show their SNAP or Medi-Cal card for toll-free passage.

Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of another community
on Jan 1, 2023 at 5:14 pm

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Mauricio there are no toll takers any more, nothing to show a card to. What the state would or should have done was do an annual means test, and if they are eligible, create a fastrak account that the FasTrak system could them waive the penalties electronically. But I think the state should be doing more -- no tolls for low income, and no tolls for disabled people. It's not so much that disabled need a special privilege, it's just that many disabled people get on the highway to go to a medical appointment. And having to stay in the slow or free lane, can make the trip take longer and exacerbate whatever disabling condition they may have.

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