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September 15, 2016

Wolf: Mobile app will save PennDOT $28 million over two years

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) officials expect to save $28 million over two years thanks to a mobile app.

The Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) announced Thursday that PennDOT's adoption of mobile technology to oversee construction work has translated into savings.

The state employs nearly 1,600 inspectors to supervise $2.5 billion worth of construction work annually, according to PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. The app allows inspectors to submit reports from the field, rather than travel from the construction sites to the office to drop off paperwork.

“The mobile construction app reduces time spent on administrative tasks," Richards said. "As a result, inspectors are in the field an additional one and a half hours per a day, or nearly 300,000 additional person hours each year."

The app was implemented last fiscal year and saved PennDOT $11 million. An additional $17 million is expected to be saved this year.

GO-TIME indicated PennDOT is working with other state agencies that can also benefit from this technology.

When Governor Tom Wolf took office in January 2015, he challenged GO-TIME to identify ways for the state government to be more efficient, provide better service, and reduce costs.

The state saved more than $156 million for the 2015-2016 fiscal year through GO-TIME.