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Freeway Service Patrol

What It Does: 

The Sacramento Metropolitan Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) program began in November 1992. It was designed to reduce freeway congestion by quickly finding and removing minor incidents from our freeways. Operating originally with just four trucks, today FSP covers all the major freeways in Sacramento and Yolo Counties with 15  trucks and provides over 34,000 assists each year. The total number of assists since the inception of the program is nearing 1 million.

FSP Brochure

How It Works:

A special team of tow truck drivers patrols the region’s freeways during peak commute times. Drivers are usually able to find a stranded person in their vehicle within 10 minutes. There is no cost to utilize these important benefits.

Who It Safeguards:

Minor incidents are responsible for more than half of all non-recurrent freeway congestion. The FSP saves Sacramento area motorists more than two million wasted hours each year. If FSP cannot quickly get a vehicle running, it is towed to a CHP-approved location off the freeway and away from fast-moving traffic. If necessary, the driver can call the CHP to request additional assistance. This ensures stranded motorists are safe until they are able to receive necessary vehicle service.

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FSP Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday*6:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (a.m. Shift)
2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (p.m. Shift)

*FSP does not run on most major holidays and is on break Christmas Eve (12/24) through New Year's Day (1/1).


FSP Coverage Area

Coverage Map
Highway 99Hwy 99/50 Interchange to Grant Line Rd
Capital City Freeway (Business 80)Hwy 99/50 Interchange to the I-80 Interchange
Interstate 5Highway 99 Interchange to Elk Grove Blvd
Highway 50Interstate 5 to El Dorado County Line
Interstate 80Interstate 5 to the Placer County Line; Jefferson Blvd. to Mace Blvd.
FSP Coverage Map

Note: FSP coverage areas could change slightly based on traffic conditions and direction from CHP.