Golden Gate Bridge will begin collecting tolls electronically in 2012

Anyone who routinely drives across San Francisco's famed Golden Gate Bridge knows that the tolls rise more often than liked. Now the news is about how those tolls will be collected.

Anyone who routinely drives across San Francisco's famed Golden Gate Bridge knows that the tolls rise more often than liked. Now the news is about how those tolls will be collected.

Starting in 2012, tolls will be collected electronically, primarily via the FasTrak system and cameras taking pictures of license plates. (If you don't have FasTrak in your car, expect a regular $6 bill in the mail.)

All of the toll booths are expected to be out of commission by September of next year, as will the employees that go along with them. The physical booths will remain in place to slow down speed demons, but naturally the job cuts have Bay Area residents quite upset. It's not clear how this will affect traffic conditions, but with less slowdown time, it seems likely that that this move will help alleviate some of it.

Nevertheless, electronic toll collection will apparently save $19.2 million over the following eight years, and we all know that saving money is a good thing anywhere in the cash-strapped Golden State.

Do you like the idea of paying highway, bridge and tunnel fees electronically only?