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 Approves Amended Toll Facility Ordinance

On June 22, 2022, BAIFA approved three main changes to 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.

BAIFA’s amended and restated Toll Facility Ordinance takes effect 30 days after its approval.  Until then, the Toll Facility Ordinance approved September 23, 2020 remains in effect.

More Details

For more information, read the below fact sheets:

For detailed ordinance text and certifications:

Public Comment Period is Closed

Public comments were accepted from April 20, 2022 through 5 p.m. on May 24, 2022 via survey, mail and email, as well as at a Public Hearing on May 25, 2022. BAIFA received a total of 1,747 public comments in English, Spanish and Chinese.

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. The public process included:

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.