Golden Gate Bridge toll hike considered

| Friday, December 28, 2001

Golden Gate Bridge officials are mulling whether to raise the toll next year due to declining crossings since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The slump in travelers crossing the historic span has reportedly created a multi-million-dollar budget deficit.

A specific amount for the hike has yet to be discussed by officials. The Golden Gate Bridge District's board members are scheduled to take a closer look at a possible increase this spring.

Traffic on the bridge is down about 4 percent from 2000, a drop that has cost the district's budget $5 million. If the decline continues, officials speculate, the budget gap could reach $11 million in fiscal 2002-2003.

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