FasTrak to be accepted at San Francisco International Airports long-term parking lot

FasTrak, the electronic toll-collection system that allows drivers to coast through toll plazas without stopping, will soon be a payment option in San Francisco International Airports long-term parking garage.
The San Francisco Airport Commission decided Tuesday to enter into an agreement with the Bay Area Toll Authority, an arm of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, allowing FasTrak transponders to be used as parking payment in the garage starting Sept. 1.

Its a joint marketing effort between the MTC and the airport, MTC spokesman John Goodwin said. We have something to promote with FasTrak, and they have something to promote with their long-term garage.

The trial is one of the first pieces of a two-year MTC effort, kicked off in May, to increase FasTrak-only lanes at the toll plazas and bring its usage up to more than 70 percent at peak commute times, Goodwin said.

A system already is under way in the long-term garage that automatically photographs license plates, so the airport has a record of when cars enter and exit the garage, airport duty manager Mike Towle said. He said he expects that the system to be expanded to the rest of the garages by the end of this year or by early 2007, at a total cost of nearly $6 million.

Airport officials say the license plate recognition system would decrease dependence on parking- time tickets, which often get lost, and help pinpoint car thefts, Towle said.
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