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.