Climb the Golden Gate Bridge? Maybe Soon

Officials seek revenue streams beyond ever-rising tolls
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2009 4:00 PM CST
Climb the Golden Gate Bridge? Maybe Soon
The Golden Gate Bridge.   (AP Photo)

Facing giant budget holes and tired of constantly jacking up tolls in futile efforts to fill them, officials may offer tourists the chance to scale San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. The model is Sydney’s Harbour Bridge, where $200 gets you a guided climb to the top. What San Francisco’s version might look like is unclear, but ideas include a tour of the catwalk underneath or an elevator ride to the top of one of the towers.

“People are so captivated by the Golden Gate Bridge,” says one tourism official. “There is definitely a market for it and a clientele for it.” Market or not, though, there won’t be bungee jumping, a bridge rep tells the Chronicle. “It’s not going to become an amusement park. That would not be in keeping with the icon of the Golden Gate Bridge.”
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