New York City Department of Transportation

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Department of Transportation
Department overview
Jurisdiction New York City
Headquarters 55 Water Street
Manhattan, New York, NY
Annual budget$943.3 million
Department executive
Key document

The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) is the agency of the government of New York City [1] responsible for the management of much of New York City's transportation infrastructure. Polly Trottenberg is the current Commissioner of the Department of Transportation, and was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio on January 1, 2014.


The Department of Transportation's responsibilities include day-to-day maintenance of the city's streets, highways, bridges and sidewalks. The Department of Transportation is also responsible for installing and maintaining the city's street signs, traffic signals and street lights. DOT supervises street resurfacing, pothole repair, parking meter installation and maintenance, and the management of municipal parking facilities. DOT also operates the Staten Island Ferry. DOT is the exclusive provider of day-to-day operations and maintenance on New York State-maintained roads and highways in city limits, while major repairs and capital improvements on state-owned roads are performed by the State DOT. Both DOT and NYSDOT reserve the right to install signage, signals, and other roadway features on state highways, which then become maintained on a daily basis by DOT. DOT sets the speed limit on all roads and highways in the city, including those owned by NYSDOT.

DOT is also responsible for oversight of transportation-related issues, such as authorizing jitney van services and permits for street construction. DOT also advocates for transportation safety issues, including promotion of pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Its regulations are compiled in title 34 of the New York City Rules.


DOT fleet of Toyota Prius hybrid electric vehicles
DOT fleet of Toyota Prius hybrids
The DOT's traffic light control center in Queens
28-11 Queens Plaza North, where the DOT's traffic light control center is housed
  • Commissioner of Transportation
    • First Deputy Commissioner
      • Sidewalk Inspection and Management
      • Staten Island Ferry Service
      • Bridges
      • Transportation Planning & Management
      • Roadway Repair and Maintenance
      • Information Technology and Telecommunications
      • Borough Commissioners
        • Brooklyn Borough Commissioner
        • Manhattan Borough Commissioner
        • Bronx Borough Commissioner
        • Queens Borough Commissioner
        • Staten Island Borough Commissioner
    • Policy
    • External Affairs
    • Finance, Contracting, and Program Management
    • Human Resources and Facilities Management
    • Legal

Management and budget

As of 2017, DOT had the budget and staff as follows: [2]

Division Number of Employees Budget (millions)
Executive 598 $116.8
Highway Operations 1492 $277.8
Transit Operations 694 $91.8
Traffic Operations 1418 $353.3
Bureau of Bridges 858 $106.3
Total 5060 $943.3


The DOT operates 794 roadway and pedestrian bridges throughout New York City, including 25 movable bridges. [3] The agency's portfolio includes most of the East River and Harlem River bridges, as well as smaller bridges throughout the city. DOT operates two retractable bridges (the Borden Avenue and Carroll Street bridges). Other agencies that operate road bridges in New York include the MTA, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New York State DOT.


At approximately 1:30 a.m. on May 24, 2012, DOT employee Harry Robinson ran over and killed Roxana Buta while operating a DOT truck. [4]

See also


  1. ^ New York City Charter § 2901; "There shall be a department of transportation, the head of which shall be the commissioner of transportation."
  2. ^ FY 2017 City Budget, page 334E, New York City Office of Management and Budget
  3. ^ Annual Bridge and Tunnel Condition Report 2011. New York City: NYC DOT. 2011.
  4. ^ "NYC employee gets off scot free after hit-and-run truck kills 21-year-old beauty". 12 May 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2018.

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