The Bay Area Toll Authority, or BATA, administers the revenue from all seven of the region’s state-owned toll bridges.
Your toll dollars go a long way for bridge, highway and transit projects all around the Bay Area. The regular $5 toll is distributed several ways:
- First Dollar — bridge operations and maintenance, Regional Measure 1 projects, transit capital and transit operations
- Second and Third Dollars — original Toll Bridge Seismic Retrofit Program
- Fourth Dollar — Regional Measure 2 investments
- Fifth Dollar — addition of Antioch and Dumbarton bridges to Toll Bridge Seismic Retrofit Program.
Tolls from the growing network of Bay Area Express Lanes are used to close gaps in the region’s carpool lane system, and to finance operation of the Express Lanes.
BATA works with the California Department of Transportation, or Caltrans, to finance the maintenance and operation of the region’s state-owned toll bridges.
BATA manages the Bay Area FasTrak® system in partnership with the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District; Alameda County Transportation Commission; and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.
Since 2010, tolls on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have been structured to encourage off-peak travel.
On weekdays, toll rates are set at $4 before 5 a.m.; rise to $6 during the morning peak of 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.; return to $4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; rise again to $6 during the 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. evening peak; and drop again to $4 from 7 p.m. to midnight.
The weekend Bay Bridge toll is the same $5 as charged at all times on all other state-owned toll bridges.