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Express Lanes Policies

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s (MTC’s) Express Lanes are operated by the Bay Area Infrastructure Financing Authority (BAIFA), a joint powers authority between MTC and the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA). As such, policies for MTC’s Express Lanes are approved by BAIFA.

Toll Facility Ordinance

The ordinance establishes express lane tolls, a toll collection process and civil penalties for the evasion of tolls on BAIFA’s express lanes. 
The original Toll Facility Ordinance, which is in effect until the amended and restated Toll Facility Ordinance becomes effective, was approved by BAIFA on July 27, 2016.
An amended and restated Toll Facility Ordinance was approved by BAIFA on January 22, 2020 and supersedes the original.

MTC followed a public process prior to approval by BAIFA. The public process included:

  • Information item at the October 23, 2019 BAIFA meeting;
  • Public notice in five Bay Area counties’ major newspapers (Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Solano), plus Spanish and Chinese newspapers, in November 2019
  • Online open house for the public to watch a short video to learn about the proposed tolling policies
  • Two staffed open houses in the I-880 freeway corridor for one-on-one discussion and the ability to submit written comments:
    • December 3, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Kennedy Community Center; 1333 Decoto Rd; Union City, CA  94587
    • December 11, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.: San Lorenzo Library in the Greenhouse Community Room; 395 Paseo Grande; San Lorenzo, CA  94580
  • Public hearing at the December 18, 2019 BAIFA meeting where members of the public could submit a comment in person to BAIFA
  • Ability to submit comments through a short survey, by mail or by email from November 18, 2019 through December 18, 2019 at 5 p.m.
  • Approval of the amended and restated Toll Facility Ordinance at the January 22, 2020 BAIFA meeting.

Privacy Policy

The express lanes Privacy Policy establishes how personally identifiable information will be collected, used and protected. It was adopted by BAIFA on July 27, 2016.