By CBS13 Staff

OAKLAND (CBS13) — A trip to the city by the Bay is going to cost a little more for drivers starting next year.

On New Year’s Day, Bay Area bridge tolls will be increasing by $1.

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This means that the regular toll for crossing the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will soon be $7.

The Benicia-Martinez, Carquinez, Dumbarton, Richmond-San Rafael and San Mateo-Hayward bridge toll will also be increasing to $7.

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Drivers who got toll violation notices from FasTrak for unpaid invoices since the beginning of 2021 will also see a sharp reduction in penalties. This means that the penalty for a first violation drops to $25 from $25 and from $70 to $15 for the second violation notice.

The Bay Area Toll Authority came under fire for its harsh penalties, with critics pointing out how the penalties disproportionately affected disadvantaged people.

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Voters and the state legislature approved the toll increases several years back.