Bay Area Auto Shipping May See Price Hikes
San Francisco Bay Area transportation officials are keeping their eyes on a new regional ballot measure designed to increase tolls to pay for infrastructure improvements.
The ballot measure could raise tolls on the Bay Bridge and other state-run bridges. It will be put to the voters in 2018.
As it stands, Bay Area auto shipping is difficult to manage and provide for reasonable costs. San Francisco in particular is difficult to ship from and to because of tolls and lack of space for carriers.
The argument now is where the money will go.
Oakland wants money for affordable housing. Bicycling advocates are clamoring for a new bike path. The city of San Francisco wants more money for infrastructure projects. Of the three, only the last will directly benefit commuters around the region.
How much will Bay Area auto shipping cost?
How much car transport to the Bay Area will cost will depend on the price of the new tolls – that is, if the measure even passes to begin with.
The tolls could increase prices by as much as $3 per vehicle, which would be quite the influx of cash. However, commuters may not want to pay so much just to get around the already-expensive San Francisco area.
Right now, shipping a car to San Francisco, Oakland, and the rest of the Bay Area is popular, but hard to accomplish. Many carriers cannot fit into San Francisco proper, which can make finding pickup and delivery locations more difficult.
Counties can’t even put toll measures on the ballot – only the legislature can do that, so right now the ballot measure is more a vision than a plan.
However, twice before has a toll measure been put on the ballot, and both times it passed. The last passed back in 2004 and raised $1.5 billion for new projects, resulting in the Caldecott Tunnel and the Oakland Airport Connector. This measure could help make things faster for car shippers as well.
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