Freeway Service Patrol

The Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) is a program designed to reduce rush-hour congestion on Placer County area freeways. A special team of tow truck operators continuously patrol the local freeway system during peak commute hours, looking for disabled vehicles and minor accidents. Such incidents cause about half of all freeway congestion!

FSP operators make quick repairs to disabled vehicles, or tow them to a CHP designated safe zone nearby. In addition to reducing congestion, the Freeway Service Patrol program makes our freeways safer while providing valuable motorist assistance. By reducing congestion, it also helps improve local air quality.

FSP is a free service coordinated by the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA), California Highway Patrol (CHP), and Caltrans with support funding provided by the Placer County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD) and the Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund granted by the Placer County Local Community Benefit Committee (LCBC).

The Placer County Freeway Service Patrol Program covers the congested area of freeway on I-80 between State Route 49 in Auburn and the Sacramento County line at Riverside Avenue and on State Route 65 from I-80 to Twelve Bridges Drive. Sacramento’s FSP service has several Freeway Service Patrol areas as well.

If your vehicle stops running on any of the covered freeway segments during rush hours, you can be confident that FSP will find you and provide you with assistance.  Placer County’s FSP operates from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except holidays) and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays.

» FSP Service Area map and information (PDF)

» FSP frequently asked questions and additional information (PDF)