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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

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.

Attention: Proposed Toll Facility Ordinance Amendment

MTC is amending its Toll Facility Ordinance. The amendment will establish the express lane tolling policy for MTC’s future I-680 Express Lane Extension (southbound from Martinez through Walnut Creek), which will join up with MTC’s existing I-680 Express Lanes (southbound from Walnut Creek to Dublin), creating a continuous 23-mile express lane in Contra Costa County. The I-680 Express Lane Extension is scheduled to begin tolling in early 2021.

MTC is following a public process prior to adoption by BAIFA so the public can learn about the tolling policies proposed in the amendment and provide comments over a 30-day period. All written comments were due to MTC by September 9, 2020; the public comment period is now closed. The detailed list of Comments received will be summarized for BAIFA Commissioners prior to an adoption vote. The public process includes:

  • Information item at the July 22, 2020 BAIFA meeting
  • Public notice in major newspapers of four Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and Solano), plus Spanish and Chinese newspapers in August 2020
  • MTC press release to alert the public and the media of the opportunity to provide comments
  • Summary Information in English (also available in Spanish and Chinese) about the proposed tolling policies and how the I-680 Express Lane Extension will open first as an HOV 2+ lane and later as an Express Lane, plus the ability to rate the effectiveness of the public information materials
  • Ability to submit written comments by email to or by mail to MTC’s Public Information Office at 375 Beale Street, Suite 800, San Francisco, CA 94105 (Please reference “BAIFA Toll Ordinance” as the subject)
  • Public hearing at the September 23, 2020 BAIFA meeting where members of the public can make a comment in person to BAIFA Commissioners
  • After a staff presentation, proposed adoption at the September 23, 2020 BAIFA meeting