Anti-congestion measure broadened in California

| 4/11/2005

A resolution designed to help get trucks through California’s metropolitan areas as quickly as possible has been expanded so that it could apply to virtually any part of the state.

Designed as a pollution control measure, ACR23, introduced by Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, R-Cathedral City, would urge the Department of Transportation to develop commercial trucking routes that would provide for the most direct movement through a city. The work would be done in consultation with the cities.

The bill was recently amended so that it could apply to any city or county in the state.

The text of the measure on the Assembly Web site says that the measure was being introduced to help reduce the time that trucks spend in city limits, and therefore reduce the level of pollution from truck emissions.

After the addition of the amendment, the bill was sent back to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for further review. A vote before the full Assembly has not yet been scheduled.