Car poolers, motorcyclists and airport shuttles that currently cross the Golden Gate Bridge for free could soon be charged $3 in a move that will generate $2 million a year for the cash-strapped transit district. Read More
There’s at least one good thing about our governor being a former film star: He apparently reads his reviews. And the news clippings for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan to close 100 state parks as a way of saving California money were decidedly hostile.
So guess who’s calling in a rewrite? Read More
Next month contractors will begin the first-ever study on the possibilities of establishing a median barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge, a proposal that has been in discussion for 70 years.
As expected, the bridge district’s board of directors unanimously approved a contract on Friday for engineers to start environmental analysis on a central barrier for the span. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom and an advisory panel that he put together have suggested that the Golden Gate Bridge district should pursue alternative means to a suicide barrier, a position that is in contrast with The City’s previous stance on the subject.
The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District is currently weighing five alternatives for a suicide barrier on the bridge. The district also left open the option to keep the bridge without a physical barrier. Read More
Head-on collisions on the Golden Gate Bridge could be reduced within three years if appproval for a movable median barrier moves forward as planned, a spokeswoman for the bridge district said.
Creation of a 1-foot tall concrete barrier would replace the rubber pylons that are currently used to separate opposing traffic on the bridge. Safety advocates have been pushing for such a device for the last 70 years. Read More
Use of public transportation on the Golden Gate Transit bus and ferry system has been increasing.
Golden Gate Transit bus ridership has been growing steadily each month, from 566,587 in January to 635,246 in June — an increase of 12.1 percent.
Golden Gate Ferry ridership increased from 118,273 in January to 186,672 in June, or an increase of 57.8 percent. Read More
The tide has turned against opposition to a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge, according to the agency that oversees the iconic span.
Mental-health organizations have been advocating for a suicide barrier on the bridge for decades. More than 1,300 people are estimated to have committed suicide from the bridge since 1937, an average of nearly 20 people a year, or about one suicide every 2½ weeks. Read More
The contentious dispute between San Francisco and Marin counties over who pays for rebuilding the worn-out Doyle Drive southern connection to the Golden Gate Bridge seems to have reached a new compromise. While that is better than continuing the ongoing standoff, so many details of the latest plan remain unresolved that it is difficult to judge the ultimate workability and fairness. Read More
Public comment will close Monday on the draft environmental assessment of a Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier. The draft environmental impact report describes alternatives for the project and the potential impacts of different alternatives. As of last week, nearly 56 percent of responders to the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District's online survey said they preferred no suicide barrier at all. Read More