Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday the city will save $415 million by 2016 under its new consolidated maintenance and repair fleet operation, which services more than 25,000 cars and trucks.
Bloomberg's administration began revamping the city's annual $600 million expenditure in 2011 by having agencies relying on cars and trucks devise a plan on how they can share garage space and mechanics, and make parts purchases from the same vendors.
Ninety percent of fleet expenditures are for police, fire, sanitation, parks, environmental protection, education, human services and administrative services.
"This defines conventional wisdom, when city agencies can get together," Bloomberg said Monday. "Our administration has taken major steps to make city government more efficient, including streamlining a crucial area of operations: our municipal vehicle fleet, the nation's largest and best."
As a result, 100 mechanics and service workers were transferred to work in another agency, and the city added 150 new jobs in the past two years.
"There were no layoffs," said Keith Kerman, chief fleet officer, who was at the mayor's news conference in Manhattan.
Reducing costs and overlapping services such as sharing garage space has saved the city money by eliminating the need to lease or build new garage space, Bloomberg said.
Some NYPD patrol cars are now being serviced at a new citywide service shop in Manhattan, a former Department of Transportation garage.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the new garage in upper Manhattan "keeps us rolling." He said the garage offers easy access for both Bronx and Manhattan police precincts. "Repairs move more quickly, making it faster for us to get back out on patrol," he said.
Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty said the department's 52,000 heavy-duty trucks are similar to those used by the Parks Department and the Department of Environmental Protection. "We can use the same mechanics and many of the parts we use are interchangeable," he said.
The city also entered into an agreement with Zipcar, a private car-rental business. Under the contract, authorized city employees can rent a car at a $5 hourly rate, said Kerman. The arrangement, Bloomberg said, makes it easier to monitor who is using city cars and ensures that the cars are being used for government business only.
The consolidation plan also has increased the use of biodiesel fuel for sanitation, parks and EPA trucks.