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Sep 19, 2012 2:35 PM by The Associated Press

Golden Gate Bridge electronic tolls starts in 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Drivers using the Golden Gate Bridge will see the anticipated major change from human toll-takers to an all-electronic toll system beginning early next year.

Bridge spokeswoman Mary Currie says that commuters and tourists will switch to the new electronic tolling in February, instead of this month as previously announced.

Currie anticipates that more than two-thirds of drivers will continue to pay tolls using FasTrak. Drivers will also be able to pay through a pay-by-plate account where toll-lane cameras would record license plate numbers and charge credit or debit cards each time they cross.

Drivers will also be able to pay online or at special pay stations located along the Highway 101 corridor.

Bridge officials voted earlier this year to replace the span's 32 toll-takers with electronic tolling to help cut a $66 million budget shortfall over the next five years.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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