Suicide Barrier OK'd for Golden Gate

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 12:  The Golden Gate Bridge stands over San Francisco Bay on March 12, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  A long debated suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge could be one step closer to  reality after Caltrans and the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission have indicated that they will be willing to contribute $44 million toward putting giant nets under the span of the bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge district would need to invest $12 million in toll money to cover the remaining cost. Over 1,500 people committed suicide by jumping from the iconic bridge since it opened in 1937. 46 people jumped to their death in 2013.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    A $76 million funding package for a Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier was approved on Friday, bringing the famed bridge one step closer to a net system that would prevent people from jumping to their deaths. The package was approved unanimously by the bridge district’s board of directors. "The tragedy of today is that we can't go back in time, we can't save ... the people who jumped off the bridge. But the good thing, with this vote today, we can vote in their memory," board member Janet Reilly said. "We will save many lives who have followed in their footsteps and that's what so extraordinary about today."

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