Adams wants to shrink NYC’s massive fleet of vehicles

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Mayor Eric Adams wants to see the free rides given to many metropolis workers come to a stretching halt.

Adams instructed The Post town’s fleet of almost 30,000 vehicles – the most important of its type within the nation — wants to be stripped down to a “bare-bones minimum.”

He additionally mentioned he helps lowering the quantity of take-home automobiles pushed by metropolis workers — which totals 2,857 — and plans to consider the place cuts might be made. The free of charge vehicles include free gasoline and generally free tolls, and it’s a profit that has traditionally led to widespread misuse.

“The city must make better use of our subway and buses, and it is time that City Hall led by example,” he mentioned. 

Adams has spent most of his first two weeks in workplace counting on mass transit to commute to work — even biking a minimum of as soon as. He mentioned he plans to encourage metropolis staff to use mass transit and “ride-sharing” automobile applications. 

There had been 29,718 vehicles within the metropolis’s fleet as of final July, data present. This contains every thing from sedans and SUVs to cop automobiles and rubbish vans.

Bill DeBlasio exits his taxpayer-funded vehicle in 2016.
Bill DeBlasio exits his taxpayer-funded automobile in 2016.
Matthew McDermott

Adams mentioned he believes town may trim 50% to 70% of the 1000’s of vehicles its staffers use to journey in gridlocked Manhattan.

“It is unimaginable that we have so many city vehicles moving around Manhattan,” he mentioned.

He mentioned on the very least he’d like to get fleet ranges again to what they had been below former Mayor Bloomberg.

Private city vehicles parked outside.
Adams mentioned he believes town may trim 50% to 70% of the 1000’s of vehicles its staffers.
Gregory P. Mango

In 2019, the Post reported that town’s fleet below then-Mayor de Blasio had hit a excessive of 31,159, in accordance to data launched in February that yr.

That was 21% greater than the 25,855 town reported having in 2013 throughout its closing yr below Bloomberg.

Transportation advocates on the time mentioned the rise ran counter to de Blasio’s purpose of lowering emissions within the metropolis 80 % by 2050. Following the Post report, de Blasio signed an government order to trim town’s whole fleet of vehicles over the subsequent two years by 1,000.

A fleet of the mayor's black SUVs seen in 2015.
A fleet of the mayor’s black SUVs seen in 2015.
Chad Rachman/NY Post

Fleet totals modestly dropped to 29,718 by final July.

The mayor’s order additionally referred to as to lowering metropolis take-home automobiles by 500 over the subsequent two years. In March 2019, the Post reported 3,411 metropolis workers had been assigned authorities automobiles, SUVs and different vehicles to be used 24/7.

By 2021, town met de Blasio’s purpose by lowering the overall to 2,857, in accordance to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services. However, the overall are nonetheless effectively above the two,499 take-home metropolis automobiles that had been cruising streets in 2013.

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