BAY AREA EXPRESS LANES
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Express lanes let you enjoy more reliable travel as you bypass traffic congestion. FasTrak allows solo drivers to pay a toll to drive in express lanes. Carpools can travel toll-free in all express lanes, but need the FasTrak Flex toll tag to travel toll-free in some Express Lanes.
Using Bay Area Express Lanes
Look for the dashed or broken lines. These are lane openings where you are allowed to enter or leave an express lane.
Some highway exits may not be available when driving in an express lane. Check roadside signs for details.
Do not cross the double white lines to enter or leave an express lane. Crossing them is a traffic violation.
I-580 Express Lanes — Some highway exits not available
Look at roadside signs for information or see the map here to plan ahead.
I-580 Express Lanes Map
If you need to access I-680 or to exit at Dougherty Road, leave the express lane before Hacienda.
If you need to exit at Santa Rita Road or Fallon/El Charro Road, do not enter the express lane.
Solo Drivers Pay a Toll
The toll amount varies
The toll prices may go up or down depending on the level of traffic congestion.
You'll know the toll in advance
Look for the overhead sign that states the toll amount before entering the express lane. It shows the price to travel through the next zone and the price to travel through to the end of the express lane.
You will be charged based on the tolls displayed when you first enter the express lane. If you exit the express lane before the final posted zone, you will be charged a lower price.
For more information on pricing and signs, click here
Stay in the lane — the toll stays the same
If you briefly leave and then re-enter an express lane, FasTrak will charge you a single toll as though you travelled continuously in the lane. It is unlikely that weaving in and out of the express lane will decrease your toll.
Carpools Can Travel Toll-Free
Use FasTrak correctly for toll-free travel in Express Lanes as a carpool, motorcycle, or eligible Clean Air Vehicle (CAV).
In the I-580 and I-680 Contra Costa Express Lanes
You must use the new FasTrak Flex toll tag, set to position (2) or (3+), to travel toll-free.
In the SR-237 and I-680 Sunol Express Lanes
You do not need any toll tag for toll-free travel as a carpool. If you have a standard FasTrak toll tag, put it into a Mylar bag to avoid detection. If you have a FasTrak Flex toll tag, set it to position (2) or (3+) to travel toll-free.
To find out more about vehicle toll exemption eligibility, click here
FasTrak Flex Toll Tag
The FasTrak Flex toll tag is required for carpools to travel toll-free in I-580 and I-680 Contra Costa express lanes, and though not required in other express lanes, it works there for carpool travel too. This toll tag allows you to pay tolls when you're travelling alone and travel toll-free when you qualify as a carpool.
More About Bay Area Express Lanes
Learn more about using express lanes, where they are, and why they are important.
I-580 Express Lane chutes
The Westbound "San Ramon Road Chute"
Going west, it starts at Hacienda Road. You cannot enter or leave the Express Lane until San Ramon Road. If you are travelling in the Express Lane and need to access I-680 or to exit at Dougherty Road, leave the Express Lane before Hacienda. Click For Map
The Eastbound "Airway Road Chute"
Going east, it starts at Hacienda Road. You cannot leave the Express Lane to exit the highway until Airway Road. If you need to exit at Santa Rita Road or Fallon/El Charro Road, do not enter the eastbound Express Lane.
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