Lawmakers in California approve anti-congestion measure

| Monday, August 29, 2005

California lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a resolution designed to help get trucks through metropolitan areas in the state as quickly as possible.

Designed as a pollution control measure, ACR23 urges regional transportation planning agencies in consultation with cities, counties and the California 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 effort was amended in an Assembly panel to apply to any city or county in the state.

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