Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA)
The Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) manages the toll revenues from the Bay Area’s seven state-owned bridges. BATA also manages FasTrak®, the electronic toll payment system.
The Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) collects toll funds and uses that money to fund major projects that support bridges, roads and the Bay Area transportation network.
BATA also funds critical projects voted on by the public (including Regional Measure 1, Regional Measure 2 and Regional Measure 3). This includes highway and transit improvements, seismic retrofitting of bridges, reducing congestion on our streets and much more.
In addition, BATA manages the Bay Area's FasTrak electronic toll collection program.
Get a list of all 21 Metropolitan Transportation Commissioners that serve on the Bay Area Toll Authority.
- In 1997, BATA was created by state law to administer a $1 base toll on the Bay Area's seven state-owned toll bridges.
- In 2004, BATA took over management of the Bay Area's FasTrak electronic toll collection program.
- In 2005, state law expanded BATA's responsibilities to include administration of all toll revenue from the region's state-owned toll bridges. BATA, along with Caltrans and the California Transportation Commission, also administered the state Toll Bridge Seismic Retrofit Program.
To help solve the Bay Area's growing congestion problems, MTC and local transportation agencies worked with the state Legislature to craft a new ballot measure to fund congestion relief and public transit improvements in bridge corridors paid for by an increase in tolls on the region's seven state-owned toll bridges for the first time since 2010.
Known as Regional Measure 3, the measure was approved by Bay Area voters on June 5, 2018. Learn more about Regional Measure 3.
BATA formally approved the new RM 3 toll schedule in December 2018 through adoption of BATA Resolution No. 128. The Authority also adopted BATA Resolution No. 129, which authorizes arrangements for the escrow of Regional Measure 3 funds pending the resolution of two lawsuits challenging state Senate Bill 595 and Regional Measure 3. Both lawsuits are pending in Superior Court in the City and County of San Francisco.
Under BATA Resolution No. 129, the Regional Measure 3 toll increases, when collected, will be placed into an escrow account managed by an independent trustee. Following a process similar to voter-approved sales tax measures that face legal challenge, these funds will be transferred at least once each week from BATA to a Union Bank (Mitsubishi United Financial Group - MUFG) trust account, where the funds will be managed by a bank trust officer until final resolution of all litigation. Once the BATA legal team certifies there is a final resolution, the Authority will be asked to release the escrow. If BATA prevails in the litigation, the funds will be applied to BATA-approved programs. If BATA should lose the litigation, the funds will be reimbursed to toll payers.