New York City Department of Transportation

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Department of Transportation
Department overview
JurisdictionNew York City
Headquarters55 Water Street
Manhattan, New York, NY
Employees5,852 (2020)[1]
Annual budget$943.3 million
Department executives
Key document

The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) is the agency of the government of New York City[2] responsible for the management of much of New York City's transportation infrastructure. Ydanis Rodriguez is the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation,[3] and was appointed by Mayor Eric Adams on January 1, 2022.[4] Former Commissioners have included Polly Trottenberg, Janette Sadik-Khan, and Iris Weinshall. Their Training Center is located at 140 General R W Berry Dr, Queens, NY 11359, off of Exit 32 of the Cross Island Parkway.


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 on 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 lights

The first traffic lights in New York City originated from traffic towers installed along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan in the 1910s.[5] The first such towers were installed in 1920 and were replaced in 1929 by bronze traffic signals.[6] As of June 30, 2011, the DOT oversaw 12,460 intersections citywide with traffic lights.[7] 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.[8] In addition, 635 signalized intersections under the DOT's control had exclusive pedestrian phases as of 2017.[9]

As of 2019, the DOT maintained 548 accessible pedestrian signals for blind and visually impaired pedestrians.[10] The first such signals were installed in 1957, but few accessible signals were added for the next half-century.[11][12] In 2021, a federal judge ruled that the DOT had to install accessible signals at 9,000 intersections;[12][13] the DOT plans to install these signals through 2031.[14][15] All remaining intersections are planned to have accessible signals by 2036.[15]

The DOT maintains 250,000 streetlamps as of 2019.[16] Most of them are LED lamps, installed between 2013 and 2018.[17]

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.[18]


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:[19]

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.[20] 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.

See also


  1. ^ "Fiscal Year 2020 New York City Government Workforce Profile Report". New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services. Retrieved February 13, 2023 – via
  2. ^ New York City Charter § 2901; "There shall be a department of transportation, the head of which shall be the commissioner of transportation."
  3. ^ "Green Book Online". Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  4. ^ "NYC DOT - About NYC DOT". Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  5. ^ Gray, Christopher (2014-05-16). "A History of New York Traffic Lights". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  6. ^ Gray, Christopher (1997-02-02). "Mystery of 104 Bronze Statues of Mercury". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  7. ^ "NYC DOT - Infrastructure - Traffic Signals". New York City Department of Transportation. January 1, 1980. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  8. ^ Hu, Winnie (November 24, 2017). "Giving Pedestrians a Head Start Crossing Streets". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  9. ^ "Walk This Way Exclusive Pedestrian Signal Phase Treatments Study" (PDF). New York City Department of Transportation. October 2017. p. 3. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  10. ^ "Accessible Pedestrian Signals Program Status Report" (PDF). New York City Department of Transportation. December 2019. p. 2. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  11. ^ "NYC DOT - City Unveils State of the Art Pedestrian Signal for Visually Impaired Staten Islanders". Retrieved April 10, 2022.
  12. ^ a b Watkins, Ali (December 27, 2021). "Why New York City May Soon Be More Walkable for Blind People". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 10, 2022.
  13. ^ Rivoli, Dan (December 29, 2021). "Judge to city: Install more crosswalk signals for visually impaired". Spectrum News NY1 New York City. Retrieved April 10, 2022.
  14. ^ Hernandez, Estefania (March 18, 2022). "DOT plans to install 900 accessible pedestrian signals". Spectrum News NY1 New York City. Retrieved April 10, 2022.
  15. ^ a b Chung, Jen (March 18, 2022). "DOT to install 500 accessible pedestrian signals at intersections next year". Gothamist. Retrieved April 10, 2022.
  16. ^ "NYC DOT - Street Lights". New York City Department of Transportation. January 1, 1980. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  17. ^ Pereira, Ivan (September 26, 2017). "LED streetlight conversion in NYC more than 70%". amNewYork. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  18. ^ Steinhauer, Jennifer (October 1, 2002). "Turns From Midtown Streets Will Be Banned on Weekdays". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  19. ^ FY 2017 City Budget, page 334E, New York City Office of Management and Budget
  20. ^ Annual Bridge and Tunnel Condition Report 2011. New York City: NYC DOT. 2011.

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