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MTC Express Lanes

MTC Express Lanes are carpool lanes that are free for carpools, buses, motorcycles and other eligible vehicles. Solo motorists — who choose to pay a toll — can use express lanes, too.

Traffic stands at a halt while a single car moves freely in the express lane.
Noah Berger
Monday, September 26, 2016

MTC Express Lanes

MTC will operate 270 miles of the 550-mile Bay Area Express Lanes network; converting 150 miles of existing carpool lanes to Express Lanes and adding 120 miles of new lanes.

MTC’s next projects are I-680 between Walnut Creek and San Ramon, scheduled to open in September 2017; I-880 in Alameda County; I-680 between Walnut Creek and Martinez; and I-80 in Solano County.

Bay Area Express Lanes

Bay Area transportation agencies are developing a 550-mile network of Bay Area Express Lanes that will be completed in 2035. Lanes already are open on I-580 in Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore, I-680 southbound from Pleasanton to Milpitas and on State Route 237 between Milpitas and San Jose

Want to know where express lanes are planned for the Bay Area? View the network map.

Want to know how express lanes work? Read the explanation.

Have a question? Review our  FAQs.

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