MTC Express Lanes are toll lanes where carpools, buses, motorcycles and clean air vehicles travel toll-free or pay a partial toll. 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-680 southbound from Martinez to Walnut Creek 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. MTC adopted the Bay Area Express Lanes Strategic Plan in April 2021, developed in collaboration with Bay Area express lane partners to link the Express Lanes Network purpose, goals, and strategies to the regional strategic goals of Plan Bay Area 2050 and other MTC initiatives. 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
- I-880 between Oakland and Milpitas