Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

  • Why is the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) conducting the Golden Gate Bridge Physical Suicide Deterrent System Project?

The Project is being conducted to develop and evaluate alternatives for a potential physical suicide deterrent system. Please visit the Project Overview and Engineering & Environmental sections to learn more about the two-phase Project.

  • What is a physical suicide deterrent system?
    A physical suicide deterrent system would provide a physical barrier to impede the ability of an individual to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge, without compromising the other established Project Criteria. It could take the form of a horizontal net, something added to the existing railing, or the replacement of the existing railing with taller railing.  
  • Has the District looked at other measures to deter people from jumping off of the Bridge?
    The District has developed a number of non-physical measures that successfully deter a significant number of people from committing suicide at the Bridge. Through the use of these measures, currently approximately 70 percent of suicide attempts are prevented. These non-physical measures include:
    1) 11 emergency/crisis counseling telephones are located on the sidewalks that can connect people to trained suicide prevention counselors.
    2) Bicycle patrols, motor patrols, and Bridge workers are all trained to detect persons exhibiting suicidal behaviors.
    3) The traveling public also assists in reporting activity though the use of cell phones.  
  • What are the opportunities for the public to comment on this proposed system?
    The public is encouraged to comment on the Project throughout the process. The official comment period for the Draft EIR/EA has now ended, but comments may still be submitted on the Project; however they will not become part of the Final EIR/EA. We encourage you to sign up to receive periodic email updates
  • Has the District previously evaluated physical suicide deterrent systems?
    Yes, the District has previously evaluated physical suicide deterrent systems and the District website contains extensive information on previous evaluations and studies.   
  • How long will the Project take?
    It is currently anticipated that the Project will be completed in late 2008.  
  • How is the Project being funded?
    On March 11, 2005, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors authorized the Project to be conducted without the use of Golden Gate Bridge toll dollars. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission passed a resolution providing $1,850,000 toward the Project. In addition, the City and County of San Francisco provided $100,000; the County of Marin provided $25,000; and public and private citizen groups provided $28,700.