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Mar 27, 2013 6:55 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Golden Gate Bridge to go to digital toll system


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Drivers approaching the majestic Golden Gate Bridge will experience something new for the first time in 76 years: no human toll collectors.

The toll takers were removed on Wednesday in favor of cheaper and faster electronic transponders. A camera system photographs every license plate that comes through, mailing an invoice to each motorist who doesn't prepay.

Those 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.

The switchover is expected to save about $16 million in salaries and benefits over eight years.

Nine toll takers will lose their jobs. Another 17 have either been placed in other district positions or have retired.

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