The Bay Area Toll Authority, or BATA, administers the revenue from all seven of the region’s state-owned toll bridges.
Your toll dollars go a long way for bridge, highway and transit projects all around the Bay Area. The regular $5 toll is distributed several ways:
- First Dollar — bridge operations and maintenance, Regional Measure 1 projects, transit capital and transit operations
- Second Dollar — original Toll Bridge Seismic Retrofit Program
- Third Dollar — Regional Measure 2 investments
- Fourth Dollar — Toll Bridge Seismic Retrofit Program
- Fifth Dollar — addition of Antioch and Dumbarton bridges to Toll Bridge Seismic Retrofit Program
Tolls from the growing network of Bay Area Express Lanes are used to close gaps in the region’s carpool lane system, and to finance operation of the Express Lanes.
BATA works with the California Department of Transportation, or Caltrans, to finance the maintenance and operation of the region’s state-owned toll bridges.
BATA manages the Bay Area FasTrak® system in partnership with the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District; Alameda County Transportation Commission; and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.
http://mtc.ca.gov/our-work/advocate-lead/state-federal-advocacy/state-advocacy/regional-measure-3Since 2010, tolls on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have been structured to encourage off-peak travel.
On weekdays, toll rates are set at $4 before 5 a.m.; rise to $6 during the morning peak of 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.; return to $4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; rise again to $6 during the 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. evening peak; and drop again to $4 from 7 p.m. to midnight.
The weekend Bay Bridge toll is the same $5 as charged at all times on all other state-owned toll bridges.
To help solve the Bay Area's growing congestion problems, MTC is working with the state Legislature to craft a new ballot measure that could increase tolls on the region's seven state-owned toll bridges for the first time since 2010.
Known as Regional Measure 3, the measure likely would be submitted for voters' consideration in 2018. Learn more here!