Express Lanes 101: Everything You Need to Know
- Bay Area Express Lanes Explained here
- Learn why you need a FasTrak Flex Toll Tag
- Watch this video to learn how much the Bay Area Express Lanes Cost
- NBC Bay Area News explains how Express Lanes work
Get FasTrak Flex to use the Bay Area Express Lanes!
All express lane drivers must have a FasTrak account. Carpools and eligible Clean Air Vehicles must have a properly set FasTrak Flex or FasTrak CAV toll tag in the vehicle to receive toll discounts.
What You Need To Know
Free and Discounted Tolls
See this at-a-glance view of each lane's toll discounts. Carpools and eligible Clean Air Vehicles get free or discounted tolls.
Express Lanes START℠ is a trial program that offers low-income drivers at least 50% off all tolled trips in the I-880 Express Lanes. To apply, click here.
Bay Area Express Lanes have sections where access into or out of the lane is restricted (separated with double white lines) and sections where it is unrestricted (separated with a dashed white line).
Learn more about "Restricted Access," "Mostly Open Access," and "Open Access" (PDF)
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) performs enforcement for all Bay Area Express Lanes. CHP enforces all laws within the California Vehicle Code while patrolling Bay Area Express Lanes, including:
- Carpool occupancy requirements
- Clean air vehicle requirements
- Proper mounting of valid license plates
- Illegal lane and buffer crossing
- Proper mounting of a valid FasTrak® toll tag
- Proper switch position setting on a FasTrak Flex® toll tag
License plate cameras identify vehicles in the express lane without a valid FasTrak® toll tag. The registered vehicle owner receives a violation notice for the toll amount plus a $10 penalty. If unpaid, a second notice is sent and an additional $20 penalty is assessed.