Golden Gate Tolls Likely to Keep Rising as Deficit, Project Costs (Like $198 Million for Suicide Barrier) Mount

Marin Independent Journal reports, “With myriad capital projects in its future, a transit system to operate and salaries and benefits to pay, the Golden Gate Bridge district appears unlikely to curtail toll increases any time soon. Last week bridge officials announced a $51 million operating and capital deficit over the next five years and $339 million over 10 years.” The report adds, “About half of toll revenues go to subsidize bus and ferry service.” Finally, the newspaper looks at a host of bridge projects and notes that bids for a planned suicide barrier were “almost double the $76 million estimate.” Officials say the project could cost “as much as $198 million, but caution that figure is likely high.”