Although the Bay Area continues to make a slow recovery from the economic recession, the number of motorists on the Golden Gate Bridge is a good indication that people are starting to commute to work on a more regular basis.
Over 1.5 million motorists travelled from Marin County into San Francisco in November, the fifth straight month that traffic levels on the span exceeded expectations. The November total was 3.6 percent more than November of last year, and 0.6 percent more than predicted by the Golden Gate Bridge District.
Through November, there have been 8.3 million drivers on the bridge, a 2.5 percent improvement from 2008, and 1.9 percent more than bridge district forecasts.
Despite the positive traffic trends, the bridge district is still facing a five-year $132 million projected shortfall. Dwindling traffic levels over the next five years are projected to account for $20 million of that projected deficit.