MTC Authorities carry out projects to make the Bay Area better — like expanding the network of freeway Express Lanes, operating the Freeway Service Patrol and managing toll revenue to keep the seven state-owned bridges safe.

Photo by Sharon Beals

An MTC Authority is created by law to carry out specific duties or projects for residents of the Bay Area. Sometimes these projects have been voted on and approved by the public, and sometimes they are passed into law by the California State Legislature.

MTC Authorities will often work together with other agencies. These are called “joint powers authorities” and are partnerships between similar agencies across separate local or state governments.

Learn more about MTC Authorities.

Bay Area Headquarters Authority (BAHA)

The Bay Area Headquarters Authority manages and maintains the Bay Area Metro Center building in San Francisco.

The entrance of 375 Beale Street
Bay Area Housing Finance Authority (BAHFA)

The Bay Area Housing Finance Authority is a first-of-its-kind regional authority created to address the Bay Area’s chronic housing challenges.

A large apartment building under construction in a residential neighborhood in the South Bay.
Bay Area Infrastructure Financing Authority (BAIFA)

The Bay Area Infrastructure Financing Authority oversees the financing, planning and operation of MTC Express Lanes and related transportation projects.

Rush hour traffic on Interstate 680, with free-flowing Express Lanes.
Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA)

The Bay Area Toll Authority manages the toll revenues from the Bay Area’s seven state-owned bridges. BATA also manages FasTrak®, the electronic toll payment system.

Evening traffic on the Bay Bridge, with San Francisco in the background.
Service Authority for Freeways and Expressways (SAFE)

The Service Authority for Freeways and Expressways manages the Freeway Service Patrol tow trucks and the emergency roadside call box programs.

Freeway Service Patrol
What is MTC?

Learn about the MTC organization. Its history, equity platform, contact information and more. 

Full Commissioner Roster

Get the biographies of the MTC Commissioners, plus contact and professional information.