NEW YORK, May 8 (UPI) -- The head of lost-and-found for Metro-North Railroad in New York says he expects a new computer program to cut phone calls about lost items by a third.
Mike Nolan, who leads the effort to return the 20,000 or so items left on Metro-North trains every year, said a new section of the commuter line's Web site allows users to describe items they lost on trains and leave contact information, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
He said he expects the new system to eliminate a third -- or about 500 -- of the phone calls his office receives every week.
"It's great to have other people do my data-entry work for me," he said.
Nolan said about 60 percent of the goods left on trains are eventually returned to their owners -- items ranging from scarves to laptops to a banjo owned by folk singer Pete Seeger.