We recently had a new bridge open up with the latest and greatest Fastrak lanes linking Contra Costa County and Solano County. We have been anxiously waiting for the new Benicia Bridge to be completed so we can zip our way home from the East Bay.
Previously around 4PM-6Pm Monday through Friday, drivers would slog their way through, wait, and inch their vehicle up to the toll booths.
No MORE!!! In addition to zipping home at any time, without slowing down to 5MPH to go through the toll booth, keep it in 5th gear and sail through at 55MPH.
HOME SWEET HOME! So back to my question why did the buyer cross the bridge?
I say - to get home faster and BUY a beautiful Solano County home at a median price that is $130,000 less than Contra Costa County. (per Sept 07 REALIST results)
You may throw back to me The Toll! The Toll!
AND I say:
Do the math...2 times a day you cross the bridge = $8. 365 days a year = $2920 per year. $130,000 Divided by $2920 equals approximately 44 Years. 44 YEARS before the savings of $130,000 median price difference is used up. My goodness, in 44 years you should be retired and not commuting, the house would be paid off, and most likely you will have bought another house somewhere else!!
So why did the buyer cross the bridge? To make a hecka good deal!!