Transport: Bridges v. Ferries

Peninsular San Francisco was linked in 1936 to busy, populous, mainland Oakland by the 8½-mile San Francisco-Oakland Bay bridge. In 1937 it was joined to sparsely settled, residential Marin County, across the Gate, by the mighty Golden Gate Span. Before that, motorists used to pay a minimum toll of 60¢ to be barged over the same routes on ferries owned by the Southern Pacific Company. Last year, with both bridges charging a 50¢ toll, the ferries began to undersell them by charging 30¢ one way, 50¢ round trip. San Francisco suspected that the Southern Pacific's...

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