MTC Express Lanes

MTC Express Lanes improve highway speeds and reliability, and reduce traffic congestion by providing priority to carpools, vanpools and buses. The lanes also give solo drivers the choice to pay tolls for a faster trip.

Karl Nielsen

MTC adopted the Bay Area Express Lanes Strategic Plan in April 2021, developed in collaboration with Bay Area Express Lane partners.

The Strategic Plan aligns the purpose, goals and strategies of the Express Lanes network with MTC's other regional goals, including Plan Bay Area 2050.

Express Lanes Policies: Read the policies that apply to the operation of MTC Express Lanes.

New MTC Express Lanes

Read Connecting the Bay Area: Express Lanes Network 2021 Strategic Plan to see which Express Lanes projects are opening soon, are under construction, or are planned, including:



Development of the Express Lanes network is a cooperative effort between MTC, several Bay Area county transportation authorities, Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol, with input from other stakeholders who are invested in the success of the network. This includes transit operators and groups who advance equity, and those who encourage carpooling and vanpooling.