The San Francisco Bay Area has 1,420 miles of highways, including about 365 miles of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, 125 miles of Express Lanes and 8 toll bridges. Explore 511's driving resources, from information about the Bay Area Express Lanes and Bridges, to FasTrak toll payments and Freeway Assist. Before your trip, check the 511 interactive map to view current congestion and incidents.
There are 8 toll bridges in the Bay Area. 7 of the bridges accept cash payment or drivers can pay with FasTrak. The Golden Gate Bridge has switched to all electronic tolling.
High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes
Carpool lanes, also known as High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, allow carpools, vanpools, buses, motorcycles, and eligible clean air vehicles to drive in them during commute hours. Other vehicles are not allowed. HOV hours of operation and carpool occupancy requirements vary by lane. During non-commute hours, carpool lanes revert to general traffic use.
Bay Area Express Lanes
Bay Area Express Lanes are specially designated freeway lanes that allow vehicles to pay tolls, pay discounted tolls, or travel toll-free based on the lane’s operating requirements. Tolls increase as traffic increases and decrease as traffic decreases to provide a more reliable trip.
In an effort to decrease traffic congestion and non-emergency phone calls to 911 while increasing motorist safety, 511 offers an option – Freeway Assist – which puts the power of a roadside callbox in your cell phone.