MTC Express Lanes are carpool lanes that are free for carpools, buses, motorcycles and other eligible vehicles. Solo motorists — who choose to pay a toll — can use express lanes, too.
MTC Express Lanes
MTC will operate 270 miles of the 600-mile Bay Area Express Lanes network; converting 150 miles of existing carpool lanes to Express Lanes and adding 120 miles of new lanes.
The first MTC-operated Express Lanes opened in October 2017 on I-680 between Walnut Creek and San Ramon. Upcoming MTC Express Lanes projects include I-880 in Alameda County; I-680 between Walnut Creek and Martinez; and I-80 in Solano County.
Bay Area Express Lanes
Bay Area transportation agencies are developing a 600-mile network of Bay Area Express Lanes that will be completed in 2035. Lanes already are open on:
- I-580 in Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore
- I-680 between Walnut Creek and San Ramon
- I-680 southbound from Pleasanton to Milpitas
- State Route 237 between Milpitas and San Jose.
Want to know where express lanes are planned for the Bay Area? View the network map.
Want to know how express lanes work? Read the explanation.