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
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.