California: The end of cash tolls — even toll plazas — in the Bay Area?

Cash tolls — and the long lines they create as people stop to pay them — may soon be a thing of the past in the Bay Area.

That could be good news for the 137 million toll-paying motorists who cross over Bay Area bridges every year and who find themselves in ever-lengthening commutes. Eliminating cash tolls, or even removing the toll plaza itself, could save up to 7 minutes, analysts said — though commuters say the actual time they spend sitting at the toll plaza is a whole lot longer.

“It can add an hour to your commute some days,” Oakland resident Kate Huckelbridge said of the Bay Bridge plaza. “That’s probably on the longer end, but it can.”