Pennsylvania DOT Identifies Way to Save Money, Invest More in Projects

AASHTO Journal, 12 April 2013

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Officials announced Thursday the department has reduced its staff-assigned vehicles by 30 percent and saved $4 million in mileage reimbursements by monitoring and adjusting its staff-assigned vehicle program, which has allowed the department to divert that money directly to road and bridge projects.

PennDOT began reducing its fleet of staff-assigned vehicles a decade ago, when the department’s fleet consisted of more than 2,100 vehicles. Today, that number is closer to 1,500 vehicles, or a decrease in 30 percent, for its roughly 12,000 employees. The department monitors the program on a monthly basis to make sure the employees traveling the most miles have access to the staff-assigned vehicles.

“Governor Corbett is committed to make government operate as efficiently as possible and to that end PennDOT is working hard and making smart choices to ensure that we are operating at peak efficiency,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch in a statement. “Through diligently monitoring our fleet, we are able to invest about $4 million directly back into our roads and bridges.”

Other states are finding creative ways to save money and invest additional funds into transportation infrastructure projects. Florida Department of Transportation, for example, recently identified $5.4 million it could save by reviewing old contracts and eliminating those that are out-of-date and provide overlapping services (see related AASHTO Journal story here). ​​

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