I-680 Express Lanes
Located along a 14-mile stretch of southbound I-680 from State Route 84 south of Pleasanton to State Route 237 in Milpitas, the I-680 Southbound Express Lane has been in operation since September 2010. Since opening, more than 2 million solo drivers
have chosen to use the I-680 Express Lane, reaching their destinations at speeds generally 16 mph faster than speeds motorists experience in the general purpose lanes during peak commute hours.
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A CHOICE FOR DRIVERS
Solo drivers who want to use the I-680 Southbound Express Lane for a more reliable trip, need to obtain and mount a FasTrak® toll tag on their windshields. Solo drivers pay a toll electronically each time they choose to use the express lane, but transit vehicles, carpools, motorcycles and eligible clean-air vehicles (with a green or white clean air vehicle decal) use the express lanes free of charge. When you are carpooling on southbound I-680, put your FasTrak toll tag in its Mylar bag to avoid being charged a toll, or use a FasTrak Flex toll tag set to 2 or 3+ for toll-free travel. Need help finding a carpool? 511 Rideshare can help.
Express lane operation is fully electronic. There are no tollbooths or traffic gates, so customers do not need to slow down or stop to pay the toll. The toll amount is deducted automatically from a solo driver’s FasTrak account.
This process is called dynamic pricing. During peak periods, when there is more traffic in the Express Lane, the toll is higher. Tolls range from $.30 to $7.50. By changing the toll in response to the level of demand, the Express Lane traffic keeps flowing smoothly. Toll revenue pays for operating and maintaining the lane. Any excess revenue will support transit service and other improvements in the I-680 corridor.
PERFORMANCE EVALUATION AFTER STUDY