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.
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.
Where are the Express Lanes?
MTC operates Express Lanes on:
Bay Area Express lanes that are operated by MTC’s agency partners are:
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:
- I-680 southbound from Martinez to Alamo
- US-101 in San Mateo County (owned by the SMCELJPA, operated by MTC)
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.