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Freeway Performance Initiative

Lack of available real estate, funding shortages, environmental concerns and other factors largely have ended large-scale freeway construction and expansion in the Bay Area.

So we need to improve the operational efficiency of our existing freeway network.

Bumper to bumper freeway traffic, Interstate 80

MTC developed its Freeway Performance Initiative, or FPI, to help maintain optimal speeds, reduce congestion and improve travel time reliability.

We’re making our roadways more efficient by:

  • Activating metering lights on more freeway on-ramps
  • Using the freeway Traffic Operations System to improve incident detection and response
  • Closing critical gaps in the region’s carpool lane network
  • Improving operations and traffic signal coordination on key streets that parallel freeway corridors

Check out our progress and our commitment to smarter roadways when you dive deeper into this section.

MTC works closely with the California Department of Transportation, the California Highway Patrol and county congestion management agencies to establish and promote smart roadways.  

In addition, our Arterial Operations Program helps the Bay Area improve traffic operations on major, busy streets — or “arterials.”

As part of the Freeway Performance Initiative, several freeway corridors are slated for a full range of smart roadway improvements.

These include:

  • Interstate 880 between San Jose and Oakland
  • Interstate 80 in Alameda and Contra Costa counties
  • U.S. 101 in San Mateo County

The Freeway Performance Initiative also supports our efforts to:

  • Fine-tune the timing of roughly 500 traffic signals each year
  • Provide priority signal timing for buses
  • Incorporate ramp metering along the entire freeway system
  • Close gaps in our carpool lane network
  • Increase the efficiency of major thoroughfares
  • Upgrade incident detection