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The Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) is a program which reduces freeway congestion by quickly finding and removing minor incidents from the freeway. Minor incidents include stalled cars and "fender-bender" accidents which, in total, account for more than half of all non-recurrent freeway congestion.

FSP's special team of tow truck drivers patrol the Sacramento freeways during the times when they are the busiest (the two peak commute periods, one in the morning and the other in the late afternoon). FSP drivers assist stranded motorists by helping them change a flat tire, providing a gallon of fuel, jump-starting their car, or making other minor repairs as needed. If FSP cannot quickly get the vehicle running, it is towed to a CHP-approved location off the freeway away from the fast-moving traffic and where the motorist can make arrangements for towing and/or repair.

The efforts of FSP to quickly remove minor freeway incidents during peak commute periods saves Sacramento motorists over 2 million wasted hours every year!

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The Freeway Service Patrol program operates on the following Sacramento Freeways:

  • Highway 99 - Grant Line Road to the Hwy 99/50 Interchange

  • Capital City Freeway (Business 80) - Hwy 99/50 Interchange to the I-80 Interchange

  • Interstate 5 - Elk Grove Blvd to the Highway 99 Interchange

  • Highway 50 - Interstate 5 to Scott Road

  • Interstate 80 - Interstate 5 to the Placer County Line; in Yolo County from Mace Blvd. to Jefferson Blvd.

The Freeway Service Patrol typically operates from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays).

FSP is coordinated by the STA, California Highway Patrol, and Caltrans. Major funding is provided by the State of California and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). There is absolutely no charge to motorists for FSP services.

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