Bridging the Bay

Before 1936, the primary way people got from San Francisco to Oakland was the ferry.

Shortly after Independence Day 1933, construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge began. The largest and most expensive bridge in its time opened November 1936 at a cost of $77 million. Two decks spanned 8.4 miles, with the lower deck reserved for electric trains and the upper deck for cars.

The toll? $0.65.  

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