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MTC, ABAG Respond to COVID-19 Emergency

Urgent Travel Updates at
Karl Nielsen
John Goodwin, 415-778-5262

MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) have made several important but temporary operational changes in response to the Covid-19 outbreak and the continuing public health emergency.

MTC and ABAG staff since March 16 have been working remotely, but are available weekdays from 8 5 p.m. at to address specific questions.

To minimize toll collectors’ and toll-paying customers’ risk of exposure to Covid-19, cash toll collection at the Bay Area's seven state-owned toll bridges has been suspended for the duration of the emergency. Please visit the Bay Area FasTrak website for more information about how to pay tolls or to sign up for FasTrak. Congestion pricing at the Bay Bridge also has been suspended, with tolls for regular two-axle cars and light trucks now set at $6 at all times and on all days.

The Bay Area's 511 traveler information system features a special alert section to provide the latest updates on transit service and highway operations. The Covid-19 emergency has sharply reduced travel around the Bay Area, and most of the region's transit agencies have made temporary changes to their schedules and/or fare policies.

Public Meetings Conducted Online

In light of Gov. Newsom’s State of Emergency declaration regarding the Covid-19 outbreak and in accordance with Executive Order N-29-20 and Guidance for Gatherings issued by the California Department of Public Health, upcoming MTC Commission meetings as well as those of MTC affiliates will be conducted via webcast and teleconference, with some Commissioners participating remotely. Members of the public are encouraged to watch remotely. Upcoming meetings to be conducted via webcast and teleconference include the Friday, May 8 meeting of MTC's Operations Committee, as well as the joint meeting of MTC's and ABAG's Legislation Committees and a joint meeting of the MTC Planning Committee and the ABAG Administrative Committee. Wednesday, May 13 meetings include the Bay Area Toll Authority Oversight, Administration, and Programming and Allocations Committees as well as the MTC Policy Advisory Council. The ABAG Executive Committee will meet remotely on Monday, May 18 and the May meetings of MTC and the Bay Area Toll Authority will be held remotely on Wednesday, May 27.

Anyone who wishes to address the Commission or one of its affiliated organizations on an item to be considered at an upcoming meeting are asked to submit comments in writing to by 5:00 p.m. the evening prior to the meeting. Due to the current circumstances there may be limited opportunity to address comments during the meeting; but all comments will be entered into the record.

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