SAN FRANCISCO — The operators of the Golden Gate Bridge are considering a cost-cutting move that could put the bridge's 35 toll collectors out of work.

The bridge district's Board of Directors voted Friday to move forward with a study that could eventually have all tolls for crossing the span collected electronically.

The study comes as the district struggles with a $132 million budget shortfall over the next five years.

Once the study is completed, officials say no final decision would be made for at least six months.

If the plan is eventually approved, all tolls on the bridge would be taken electronically by 2013.

Officials say by converting to electronic tolls, the district would save about $16 million over 10 years in salaries and benefits.


Information from: Marin Independent Journal,