A deluge of freight forecast to clog Southern California freeways has regional transportation planners pursuing a plan for a truck-only east-west freeway between two major interstates. But it’s running into stiff opposition along the way.
As part of a sweeping regional 30-year transportation plan under review, officials are considering a cargo highway between Interstate 710 in Commerce and Interstate 15 in Ontario, adjacent to Highway 60. The road would be open to trucks and in the future might cater only to zero-emission trucks that run on fuels other than diesel gasoline.
In the Inland area, some officials believe the truck route could be a boost for local trucking and shipping businesses and a way to ease traffic for area drivers. Trucking industry observers also said truck freeways might make economic sense both for drivers and for companies eager to get goods moving as quickly as possible.