Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Metro-North Railroad: Administration of Vehicle Fleet

Metro-North Railroad maintains a fleet of automobiles and trucks to provide business-related transportation services and to help service tracks, equipment and other facilities. We examined selected aspects of Metro-North's administration of this vehicle fleet. Most of the vehicles are assigned to a pool and are used as necessary, but some of the vehicles are assigned to certain employees on a permanent basis. We found that the pool of vehicles appears to be used effectively and efficiently. However, many of the vehicles assigned to individuals are used only for commuting between work and home. We recommend that Metro-North officials more closely monitor the use of vehicles assigned to individuals.

We also found that some vehicle operators drove Metro-North vehicles while their driver's licenses were suspended or revoked, including two operators who were involved in accidents while driving Metro-North vehicles. We further found that maintenance expenses may have been unnecessarily high because some vehicles were kept in service beyond their recommended useful lives. We recommend that Metro-North officials more closely monitor the qualifications of vehicle operators and improve the procedures for determining when vehicles should be removed from service.

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