Tolls to rise on Golden Gate as board looks for $50 million for 'suicide net'

New $3 carpool fee to help close $132-million budget deficit

The Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District's Board of Directors certified Friday morning a final environmental report on a proposed $50 million net system beneath the bridge that is intended to deter suicides.

District spokeswoman Mary Currie said now that the district has formally adopted the net project, it will proceed with the $5 million for engineering studies but still must find money for the entire project.

Eve Meyer, executive director of San Francisco Suicide Prevention praised the board Friday morning for proceeding with the net system, Currie said.

The full board also voted unanimously to proceed with plans to charge carpool vehicles $3 to cross the Golden Gate Bridge during weekday commute hours starting July 1 and raise tolls for multi-axle vehicles starting July 1, 2011.

The carpool toll and the increased fees for multi-axle vehicles will help close a $132 million, five-year budget deficit, according to the district.

The carpool toll will raise $1.3 million in fiscal year 2010-2011. The multi-axle vehicle tolls will raise $600,000 in fiscal year 2010-2011 and $1.2 million in fiscal year 2011-2012. Half the increase for multi-axle vehicles will begin July 1, 2011 and the rest on July 1, 2012.

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Posted by Gunslinger
a resident of Danville
on Feb 13, 2010 at 4:04 pm

What?! Are you people nuts?! As if the bridge is the only way to kill themselves. Oh, I was gonna end my life but the nets are there, so I guess I'll go on livin

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Posted by PhantomF4D
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Why not post signs, "Jumping Fee $50,000.00"? You know guys, all you will have left is a bunch of mangled suicide wannabe's to provide psychiatric care to for life. So, $50 mil becomes what, $50 bil? You can't save everybody! But, you can bankrupt the state...oh, I forgot, you already ARE... La, la la.....

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Posted by Rat Turd
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 13, 2010 at 9:46 pm

let me get this straight. We have elected and hired people who have decided to raise the tolls on people carpooling to $3 dollars so that they can fund a $50,000,000 net for wackos who want to kill themselves? What a bunch of geniuses. Let's see I bet there are many more places to jump from to kill yourself and guess what? I bet we have record people jumping off the Golden Gate bridge for fun now that they know they will not die.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 14, 2010 at 12:04 pm

If a fence can prevent suicide, then charge charge charge to save a life!

What is really upsetting to the above posters is that a fence at our southern border cannot keep out the "illegals". tee hee hee, tee hee hee...

You can build a million fences and they will keep on comin...tee hee hee, tee hee hee...



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Posted by letsgo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 16, 2010 at 9:57 pm

"$50 million net system beneath the bridge that is intended to deter suicides."

Not intended to prevent suicides, but deter them?

I also foresee people jumping into the net and getting injured then suing for millions.

Ok, so somewhere between 25 and 50 people a year commit suicide from the GGB. While I'm all for helping those who have these mental issues, it just seems that we could help more people somewhere else. How many hungry people could $50 million feed? How many unemployed could be retrained? These suicides, while tragic, are still choices these people are making.

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Posted by Kafka-esque
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 18, 2010 at 11:13 am

In the spirit of the Olympics we need to start judging the suicide attempt-ees diving efforts. Competitive spirit right to the very end!

Oooh the Russian judge only gave Bob a 7.5, shoulda finished out that last flip before the flop.

Gimmee a break!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 19, 2010 at 7:16 pm

suicide is nothing to take lightly...another student in PTown committed's a tragic event for families, students and communities...

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