July 5, 2011
Freeway Service Patrol Expands Coverage Area
OAKLAND, Calif., July 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bay Area's Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) fleet of roving tow trucks today expanded its territory with the addition of a new 20-mile coverage segment along Interstate 280 between State Route 92 and State Route 85 in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The addition of the new "beat," as patrol segments are known, brings the FSP network to 79 trucks on 36 beats covering 560 miles of freeways and highways around the region. The two trucks assigned to the new Beat 33 will patrol both directions of Interstate 280 Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
MTC, acting as the Service Authority for Freeways and Expressways (SAFE), oversees the FSP in partnership with the California Highway Patrol and Caltrans. "Half of all the congestion on Bay Area freeways is due to accidents, stalls, debris spills and other incidents," observed MTC Chair and San Mateo County Supervisor Adrienne Tissier. "These beloved 'Guardian Angels of the Freeway' deliver a vital service by providing assistance that helps unclog critical travel routes."
The FSP consistently has received high marks from travelers who have been assisted -- an average of 95 percent deem the service "excellent," the highest rating on the survey forms motorists fill out. The FSP program is paid for by a variety of federal, state and local funds, including part of a $1-per-vehicle annual registration fee assessed to Bay Area motorists.
MTC is the transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.