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Freeway Service Patrol

MTC’s traveling tow truck service comes to the rescue of stranded motorists.

Our Freeway Service Patrol, or FSP, detects and clears accidents, picks up dangerous debris from freeways and makes your roadways safer.

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FSP driver with his tow truck (credit: George Draper)

Free of Charge

FSP trucks are deployed during peak congestion hours to provide quick response to freeway incidents.

All free of charge to the motorist!

Seventy-one trucks patrol 470 miles of highways, looking for incidents in the roadway or responding to requests for assistance from the California Highway Patrol.

The trucks patrol the roadways during weekday commute periods and also in key locations on weekends.

Explore the FSP website and get more details, including a map that shows where service is provided.

The Freeway Service Patrol is a partnership between MTC, the California Highway Patrol and the California Department of Transportation.

Service is provided by private tow truck companies, selected through a competitive bid process. During the hours of operation, the vehicles and drivers are exclusively dedicated to patrolling their freeway beat.

FSP drivers wear blue uniforms with reflective piping, and ride in white trucks with the FSP logo on the side.

FSP drivers look for stranded motorists and offer help by changing a flat tire, "jump starting" a dead battery, refilling a radiator or providing a gallon of fuel.

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FSP drivers, who are trained and certified by the California Highway Patrol, are frequently the first to arrive at accident scenes or to find stranded motorists.

The program logs over 100,000 incidents per year, more than half of which involve motorists.

Every year, FSP trucks save Bay Area motorists nearly 4 million hours of delay time, reduce fuel use by nearly 2 million gallons and reduce tailpipe emissions by several hundred tons.