Golden Gate Bridge chief stepping down in September 

Celia Kupersmith, the executive director of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District for the past 11 years, will step down from her post on September 1 to take another position at a Seattle transit department.

As head of the district, Kupersmith oversaw several different operations, including managing the district’s bus and ferry services, and maintaining the upkeep of the famed Golden Gate Bridge.

The challenges of running a fully-fledged transit service while supporting the bridge has put a strain on the district’s finances in recent years. The district is currently facing a five-year, $132 million operating shortfall, and is considering a number of different revenue-generating and cost-saving moves to make up that deficit.

Kupersmith, who earns $285,000 a year, will move on to Sound Transit in Seattle as the agency’s deputy executive director.

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