Adams wants to shrink the massive fleet of NYC cars

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

Adams told The Post that the city’s fleet of nearly 30,000 cars – the largest of its kind in the nation – should be stripped to a “minimum with bare bones.”

He also said he supports reducing the number of take-home cars driven by city staff – which totals 2,857 – and plans to evaluate where cuts can be made. The free cars come with free gas and sometimes free toll, and it is an advantage that has historically led to widespread abuse.

“The city needs to make better use of our metro and buses, and it’s time the city hall led by example,” he said.

Adams has spent most of his first two weeks in office relying on mass transit to travel to work – even cycling at least once. He said he plans to encourage city workers to use mass transit and ride-sharing programs.

There have been 29,718 cars in the city’s fleet since last July, records show. This includes everything from sedans and SUVs to police cars and garbage trucks.

Bill DeBlasio leaves his taxpayer-funded car in 2016.
Bill DeBlasio leaves his taxpayer-funded car in 2016.
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Adams said he believes the city could trim 50% to 70% of the thousands of cars its staff use to travel in solid Manhattan.

“It’s unbelievable that we have so many city cars driving around Manhattan,” he said.

He said at least he would bring the fleet levels back to what they were under former Mayor Bloomberg.

Private city cars parked outside.
Adams said he believes the city could trim 50% to 70% of the thousands of cars its staff.
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In 2019, the Post reported that the city’s fleet under the then mayor de Blasio had reached a height of 31,159, according to records released in February that year.

That was 21% higher than the 25,855 the city had reported in 2013 in its final year under Bloomberg.

Transportation lawyers at the time said the increase was in conflict with Blasio’s goal of reducing emissions in the city by 80 percent by 2050. Following the Post report, the Blasio signed an executive order around the entire fleet of cars of the city to trim by 1,000 in the next two years.

A fleet of black mayor's SUVs seen in 2015.
A fleet of black mayor’s SUVs seen in 2015.
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Fleet totals have modestly dropped to 29,718 by last July.

The mayor’s order also called for reducing the city’s cars by 500 over the next two years. In March 2019, the Post reported that 3,411 city employees were assigned government cars, SUVs and other cars for use 24/7.

By 2021, the city met Blasio’s goal by reducing the total to 2,857, according to the Citywide Administrative Services Department. However, the total is still well above the 2,499 city cars that hit the streets in 2013.


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