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Study reveals commuters changing driving habits to avoid Bay Bridge toll

On Tuesday CBS San Francisco reported on a study conducted by the Bay Area Toll Authority that reveals commuters have changed their driving habits in response to the recently increased rush hour toll on the Bay Bridge.

The toll authority increased the toll for non-carpool drivers on July 1 from $4 to $6 for the hours between 5 a.m. and 10.m., and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays. The agency compared data from Sept. 13-24, 2009, and Sept. 13-24, 2010. The data showed that more drivers crossed before or after the peak commute hours this year.

Several hundred more cars passed through the toll plaza between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. during that time period this year, compared to last year.

BART reported increased ridership in light of the increased tolls.