On Sunday, January 22, 2006, Caltrans added two new FasTrak®-only lanes at the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge toll plaza. The new FasTrak®-only lanes were originally scheduled to open on Monday, December 19, however, rainy weather had temporarily delayed the necessary lane-restriping.
Caltrans converted Lanes #9 and 10, which are located near the middle of the toll plaza, into dedicated FasTrak® lanes. The change is designed to reduce travel times for motorists approaching the Bay Bridge from Interstates 580 and 80. The conversion of these lanes is part of a continuing effort by Caltrans and the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) to increase FasTrak® use on the Bay Area’s seven state-owned toll bridges.