New York City Department of Transportation

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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. Henry Gutman is the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation,[2] and was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio on February 3, 2021.[3]

Department of Transportation
Department overview
JurisdictionNew York City
Headquarters55 Water Street
Manhattan, New York, NY
Annual budget$943.3 million
Department executive
  • Margaret Forgione (acting), Commissioner of Transportation
Key document


The Department of Transportation's responsibilities include day-to-day maintenance of the city's streets, highways, bridges, sidewalks, street signs, traffic signals, and street lights. DOT supervises street resurfacing, pothole repair, parking meter installation and maintenance, and municipal parking facility management. DOT also operates the Staten Island Ferry. DOT is the exclusive provider of day-to-day operations and maintenance state-maintained roads and highways in city limits, while major repairs and capital improvements on state-owned roads are performed by the State DOT (NYSDOT). 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.

Traffic and street lightsEdit

As of June 30, 2011, the DOT oversaw 12,460 intersections citywide with traffic lights.[4] By 2017, the DOT controlled nearly 13,000 signalized intersections, almost all of which had pedestrian signals; of these, over half (7,507) had countdown timers for pedestrians.[5] In addition, 635 signalized intersections under the DOT's control had exclusive pedestrian phases as of 2017,[6] and the DOT maintained 548 accessible pedestrian signals as of 2019.[7]

The DOT maintains 250,000 streetlamps as of 2019.[8] Most of them are LED lamps, installed between 2013 and 2018.[9]

One of the larger groups of traffic restrictions implemented by the DOT is in Midtown Manhattan, where the DOT maintains a system of "thru streets" and split traffic-signal phases to prevent congestion on west-east streets.[10]


DOT fleet of Toyota Prius hybrids
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 budgetEdit

As of 2017, DOT had the budget and staff as follows:[11]

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.[12] 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 PANYNJ, and the NYSDOT.


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.[13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ New York City Charter § 2901; "There shall be a department of transportation, the head of which shall be the commissioner of transportation."
  2. ^ "Green Book Online". Retrieved 2021-07-08.
  3. ^ "NYC DOT - About NYC DOT". Retrieved 2021-07-08.
  4. ^ "NYC DOT - Infrastructure - Traffic Signals". New York City Department of Transportation. 1980-01-01. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  5. ^ Hu, Winnie (2017-11-24). "Giving Pedestrians a Head Start Crossing Streets". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  6. ^ "Walk This Way Exclusive Pedestrian Signal Phase Treatments Study" (PDF). New York City Department of Transportation. October 2017. p. 3. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  7. ^ "Accessible Pedestrian Signals Program Status Report" (PDF). New York City Department of Transportation. December 2019. p. 2. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  8. ^ "NYC DOT - Street Lights". New York City Department of Transportation. 1980-01-01. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  9. ^ "LED streetlight conversion in NYC more than 70%". amNewYork. 2017-09-26. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  10. ^ Steinhauer, Jennifer (2002-10-01). "Turns From Midtown Streets Will Be Banned on Weekdays". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  11. ^ FY 2017 City Budget, page 334E, New York City Office of Management and Budget
  12. ^ Annual Bridge and Tunnel Condition Report 2011. New York City: NYC DOT. 2011.
  13. ^ "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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