- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Golden Gate Bridge officials are again floating the idea of charging bicyclists and pedestrians to use the famed span’s sidewalks.

The bridge district released a plan on Monday keep the agency solvent that includes the sidewalk toll. District spokeswoman Priya Clemens tells the Marin Independent Journal (http://bit.ly/1pxvSXe) the proposal is just in the concept stage right now and not set in stone.

Public comment will be sought if it moves forward.

The bridge, which is facing a $33 million deficit, had a 10-cent sidewalk toll from May 1937 to December 1970. Officials considered re-establishing a toll about 10 years ago but abandoned the effort in the face of opposition from bike groups.

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