San Francisco area toll express lanes network begins toll systems procurement for nearly 90 miles of express lanes: I-880, I-680, I-80
By Peter Samuel
2013-09-20: Bay Area Infrastructure Financing Authority (BAIFA) is beginning procurement of toll systems for nearly 90 directional miles of toll express lanes and expects to be tolling a total of 270 miles within a few years. BAIFA was given legal form as a joint powers authority of the area's Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Bay Area Toll Authority back in 2005, and is being activated to develop toll express lanes following agreement on a regional network in which all the area's HOV lanes will be tolled for single and two occupant vehicles.
Announced this week is the start of a competitive procurement of a Toll System Integrator (TSI) to design and provide toll systems for three initial projects:
- in Alameda County in the southeast of the Bay area 34 miles, 55km on CA/I-880 including 28 miles, 45km each direction on the mainline and two 3 mile, 5km westbound-only spurs to the San Mateo CA92 and Dumbarton CA84 bridges
- in Contra Costa County in the east of the region 12 miles, 20km of CA/I-680
- in Solano County to the northeast 11 miles, 18km of CA/I-80
These are all single express lane each direction on the inside, and mostly open access with dashed lane markings, and only operational in peakhours.
They plan to issue a draft RFP mid-October and look to have one-on-one meetings with proposers late October/early November, issue the final RFP November with proposals due January 2014, BAFOs March and a contract award April 2014.
Start tolls spring 2016
Tolling is due to start in the spring of 2016 on I-680, spring 2017 on I-880 and early fall 2017 on I-80.
Key features of the express lanes network or ELN include:
- generally open access/egress over a dashed lane marking
- no access/egress segments to have double white striped lines
- they are to be operational in peak traffic hours 5am to 9am or 10am and 3pm to 7pm Mondays thru Fridays and unrestricted and untolled other times
- HOV2+ go free but must have a DMV issued decal or FasTrak transponder account
- HOV2 will be tolled in the future if and when traffic volumes regularly hit 1650/lane/hour threatening slow traffic
- electric and other 'inherently low emission vehicles (ILEVs) go free
- toll read points will be about a mile apart and will require vehicle detection, transponder readers and cameras so there will likely be 80 to 100 toll points
- the system must provide for dynamic pricing in real time based on traffic density, as well as the option to do flat rate or zero tolls at times
- pricing will be by zones of roadway between interchanges so will each be covered by five or six read points
- the system integrator will provide for variable message signs displaying current toll rates at many points in the highways
- the system will add the tolls by zone to post them to accounts as tolls for a trip from entry to exit
- the existing FasTrak regional customer service center (run for NATA by Xerox) will maintain the accounts and issue transponders
- the express lanes tolls covering approaches to bridges will be tolled quite separately and posted separately from bridge tolls
- this will be an independent toll system from existing bridge and existing express lanes systems
- not required are any of the civil works (gantries,vaults) any backhaul communications network, operations or transponders
The procurement documents will be published at:
detailed description of current HOV operations and proposed conversion to toll express lanes: