Utilizing Technology to Reduce Municipal Fleet Size

Utilizing Technology to Reduce Municipal Fleet Size 570 380 WeGO

OVERVIEW

Implemented in 2011

Project Duration: 6 years

Funding Source: 100$ municipal government
Project cost: $125,000 annually

The Chicago Department of Fleet and Facility Management (“FFM”) initiated the project in cooperation with the Chicago Budget Office and conducted a review of the purchase, maintenance, fuel reports, and parking expenses. Vehicles with under 50% average utilization were targeted to be retired or switched out. Once under-utilized vehicles were identified, a method to replace them was developed using pre-existing solutions from two sharing economy contractors: Zipcar and Flexfleet. As an update, in spring 2018, Chicago awarded another vendor the car pooling program, and expects 5-10% in additional savings for this contract.

FEATURES

  • Replacement of under-utilized vehicles to vehicles provided by two sharing economy contractors: Zipcar and Flexfleet.

KEY RESULTS

  • 25% cost reduction per mile ride using ride-sharing vehicles ($78,886 saved up to date)
  • Non-emergency light vehicle fleet reduced by 15% ($334,500 saved annually)

RELATED POSTS

YEAR Number of Appointments per year
2011-2012 2.3 million
2013 33.5 million
2014 56.9 million
2015 63 million
2016 63.4 million