Starting Wednesday March 27, the Golden Gate Bridge will become the first bridge in California to replace all human toll takers with an electronic system, ending the need for motorists to stop and pay cash, local news outlet KCRA.com reported.
The new system will allow drivers to either pay via digital transponders that deduct money from a prepaid account or credit card, or through license plate scans that generate bills sent to drivers. Both methods render cash -- and stopping while traveling through the toll area -- obsolete.
In addition to a cost savings of about $16 million in salaries and benefits over eight years, the changeover to digital transponders is also expected to improve traffic flow on the bridge. .
Bridge travelers who fail to pay will receive warnings, and could ultimately have a hold placed on their vehicle registration at the California Department of Motor Vehicles, according to KCRA.com.