New York City Department of Transportation

Department of Transportation
Department overview
Jurisdiction New York City
Headquarters 55 Water Street
Manhattan, New York, NY
Employees 4,500
Annual budget $710.9 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 a municipal parking facilities. DOT also operates the Staten Island Ferry.

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 hybrids.
Staten Island Ferry Service
28-11 Queens Plaza North, NYC traffic light control center

Management and budget

As of 2012, DOT had the budget and staff as follows:[2]

Division Number of Employees Budget (millions)
Executive 499 $37.3
Highway Operations 1102 $105.3
Transit Operations 639 $54.8
Traffic Operations 1079 $69.9
Bureau of Bridges 779 $62.5
Total 4096 693.7


The DOT operates 788 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.

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 2012 City Budget, page 337, New York City Office of Management and Budget
  3. Annual Bridge and Tunnel Condition Report 2011. New York City: NYC DOT. 2011.
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