Golden Gate Bridge toll may climb near $10 by 2023

The cost to cross the Golden Gate Bridge could rise to nearly $10 in the next five years, a more than 20 percent increase that officials say is vital to keep buses and ferries running, paint suspension cables and otherwise maintain the aging Art Deco span.

Board directors at the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District are contemplating five proposals to increase tolls over the next five years, in hopes of filling a $75 million budget deficit. Bridge tolls pay for three-quarters of the district’s operating costs, and with the price of goods and services inching up by about 4 percent each year, they say, revenue hasn’t kept up.