The Los Angeles County Metro budgeted $20.5 million for the 2005 service patrol program.

22 June 2006
Los Angeles,California,United States

Summary Information

The Los Angeles County Metro Freeway Service Patrol (FSP), launched in July 1991, is jointly operated and managed by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), California Highway Patrol (CHP), and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Services provided by the patrol are contracted out. The budget for the Los Angeles County Metro FSP is $20.5 million annually. Funding is provided through state highway funds and local Proposition C, the voter approved ½ cent Los Angeles County sales tax.

The service patrol consists of 150 tow and service trucks. Approximately 422 freeway miles are served by the patrol. Designated portions of the freeway are segmented into 10-mile “beats” with three to five trucks patrolling each beat. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

In 2004, a survey was conducted by the University of California, Berkeley, which found that the benefits of the Los Angeles Metro FSP outweighed the costs by more than 8 to 1.

The Los Angeles County Metro FSP is one of 13 FSPs operating in major metropolitan areas in the state.

Metro FSP annual budget identified in the Metro "Facts At a Glance" -- complied and updated by Rick Jager, Media Relations, on September 5, 2006. Web site,, last accessed 31 Oct 2006.

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Freeway Service Patrol: "About FSP" (Web Site)

Published By: Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Source Date: 22 June 2006


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Annual budget: $20.5 million.


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freeway service patrol, courtesy patrols, highway helpers, freeway service patrols

Cost ID: 2006-00102