Mar 8, 2013 2:08 PM by Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Toll takers on the Golden Gate Bridge soon will be a thing of the past, as the span prepares to become the first in California to do away with toll collectors and go all-electronic.
Starting on the morning of March 27, drivers will no longer be able to pay tolls in cash, and will pay instead using an existing transponder system as well as a new system that scans license plates at the toll plaza.
Workers have collected tolls since the bridge opened in 1937, but all positions will be eliminated.
Bridge officials said going entirely digital will save about $16 million in salaries and benefits over eight years and help cut a projected budget shortfall.
The Marin Independent Journal reports nine full-time toll-takers and 29 temporary, part-time hires will lose their jobs.
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