Express Lanes Policies

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

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). Policies for MTC’s Express Lanes are approved by BAIFA.

Attention: BAIFA Proposes to Amend Toll Facility Ordinance

BAIFA is proposing three main changes for its express lanes ordinance, including the ability to carry out pilots (such as a low-income toll discount pilot), the ability to change toll violation penalties and exceptions by board resolution after a public meeting, and defining the Executive Director’s emergency authority.

More Details

For more information, read the below fact sheets:

For detailed ordinance text and certifications:

Submit Your Comments

The best way to submit comments is to take the above survey by May 20, 2022.

Other options are by mail (addressed to MTC Public Information Office at 375 Beale Street, Suite 800, San Francisco, CA 94105); or by email (expresslanes@bayareametro.gov) until May 20, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. (include “BAIFA Toll Ordinance” in the subject line). After that time, comments may be submitted to info@bayareametro.gov until May 24, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Background on MTC’s Public Process

MTC follows a public process so the public can learn about proposed changes to its toll facility ordinance and provide comments prior to an adoption vote. Written comments will be posted before the public hearing and summarized for BAIFA Commissioners prior to the adoption vote on June 22, 2022. The public process includes:

Current 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 Toll Facility Ordinance currently in effect was approved by BAIFA on September 23, 2020.

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 and last updated on February 7, 2019.