Results from several states with Freeway Service Patrol programs
Included in this handbook are benefits seen from agencies with extensive freeway service patrol (FSP) programs that help to justify the existence of these programs in metropolitan areas.
Very few of the programs surveyed reported conducting an official benefit-cost ratio analysis. Currently, no national standard exists for measuring the benefit-cost ratio of service patrol programs. However, individual states reported the following benefit-cost ratios:
- San Diego - The San Diego Freeway Service Patrol reports one of the most comprehensive benefit-cost assessments. A recent study by the University of California, Berkeley calculated the statewide average benefit-cost ratio was 8.3:1
- Florida - The Florida Road Ranger program completed a benefit-cost analysis in November 2005. The overall benefit-cost ratio was 25.8:1.
- Minnesota - In Minnesota, the Freeway Incident Management Safety Team (FIRST) reports a benefit-cost ratio of 15.8:1. The magnitude of this ratio reflects a significant public benefit for the investment.