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Bay Area Express Lanes open to all during public health emergency

Express Lanes

Express Lane tolling on Bay Area roadways has been halted through April 7, unless congestion along the corridors warrants a return to tolling.

In light of dramatically reduced traffic levels on Bay Area freeways following declarations of shelter-in-place orders around the region and state, and because of carpooling is inconsistent with social distancing, the Bay Area’s three Express Lane operators — the Alameda County Transportation Commission, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission —  have ceased Express Lane tolling.

As of March 20, Express Lanes on Interstate 580 in Alameda County; Interstate 680 in Contra Costa County; State Route 237 in Santa Clara County; and southbound I-680 over the Sunol Grade in Alameda and Santa Clara counties will be open to all motorists. Changeable electronic signs over the Express Lanes will read “Open to All.”

The decision to temporarily suspend tolling on Bay Area Express Lanes will free California Highway Patrol officers from Express Lane enforcement duties to perform more urgently needed duties during the current public health emergency.

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