Regional Funding

The Bay Area’s transportation network is funded in part through voter-supported regional measures on toll funding, and sales taxes on fuel. By looking at the needs of the region as a whole, MTC helps Bay Area residents get around.

Mark Jones

Toll Funding

Toll funding on the Bay Area’s state-owned bridges help finance major improvements on infrastructure. These improvements decrease traffic congestion, ensure safety and create better options for getting around.

Regional Measure 3

Finances a comprehensive suite of highway and transit improvements.

Regional Measure 2

Pays for highway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects on and near the bridges.

Regional Measure 1

Financed major bridge and roadway improvements all around the Bay Area.

Transportation Development Act (TDA) & State Transit Assistance (STA)

Very small taxes on fuel fund big transportation-system improvements in California.

Congestion Pricing

Since 2010, tolls on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have been structured to encourage off-peak travel. By crossing at off-peak times, your trip takes less time, and we all benefit from reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Traffic on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
Operating Partnerships

The Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) works with the California Department of Transportation 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.

Where Does the Money Go?

Your toll dollars go a long way for bridge, highway and transit projects all around the Bay Area. The regular $7 toll is distributed several ways:

  • First Dollar: bridge operations and maintenance, Regional Measure 1 projects, transit capital and transit operations
  • Second Dollar: toll bridge seismic retrofit work
  • Third Dollar: Regional Measure 2 investments
  • Fourth Dollar: toll bridge seismic retrofit work
  • Fifth Dollar: toll bridge seismic retrofit work
  • Sixth Dollar: Regional Measure 3 investments
  • Seventh Dollar: Regional Measure 3 investments

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.