New York City Department of Transportation
|Jurisdiction||New York City|
|Headquarters||55 Water Street|
Manhattan, New York, NY
|Annual budget||$943.3 million|
The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) is the agency of the government of New York City 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, 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 lights
As of June 30, 2011[update], the DOT oversaw 12,460 intersections citywide with traffic lights. 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. In addition, 635 signalized intersections under the DOT's control had exclusive pedestrian phases as of 2017[update], and the DOT maintained 548 accessible pedestrian signals as of 2019[update].
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.
- Commissioner of Transportation
- First Deputy Commissioner
- Sidewalk Inspection and Management
- Staten Island Ferry Service
- 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
- External Affairs
- Finance, Contracting, and Program Management
- Human Resources and Facilities Management
- First Deputy Commissioner
Management and budget
As of 2017, DOT had the budget and staff as follows:
|Division||Number of Employees||Budget (millions)|
|Bureau of Bridges||858||$106.3|
The DOT operates 794 roadway and pedestrian bridges throughout New York City, including 25 movable bridges. 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.
- New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH), for hearings conducted on summonses for quality of life violations issued by the Department
- New York State Department of Transportation
- New York City Charter § 2901; "There shall be a department of transportation, the head of which shall be the commissioner of transportation."
- "NYC DOT - Infrastructure - Traffic Signals". New York City Department of Transportation. 1980-01-01. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
- Hu, Winnie (2017-11-24). "Giving Pedestrians a Head Start Crossing Streets". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
- "Walk This Way Exclusive Pedestrian Signal Phase Treatments Study" (PDF). New York City Department of Transportation. October 2017. p. 3. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
- "Accessible Pedestrian Signals Program Status Report" (PDF). New York City Department of Transportation. December 2019. p. 2. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
- "NYC DOT - Street Lights". New York City Department of Transportation. 1980-01-01. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
- "LED streetlight conversion in NYC more than 70%". amNewYork. 2017-09-26. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
- 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.
- FY 2017 City Budget, page 334E, New York City Office of Management and Budget
- Annual Bridge and Tunnel Condition Report 2011. New York City: NYC DOT. 2011.
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