New York City Department of Transportation

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.

Department of Transportation
Department overview
JurisdictionNew York City
Headquarters55 Water Street
Manhattan, New York, NY
Annual budget$943.3 million
Department executive
Key document


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 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.


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DOT fleet of Toyota Prius hybrids
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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.

East River bridges:

Harlem River bridges:


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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145th Street Bridge

The 145th Street Bridge, located in New York City, is a four-lane swing bridge that crosses the Harlem River, connecting 145th Street and Lenox Avenue in Manhattan with East 149th Street and River Avenue in the Bronx. It once carried northbound New York State Route 22 and New York State Route 100. Additionally, this bridge, for its proximity to the eponymous avenue, was once named the "Lenox Avenue Bridge," an original name that has fallen into disuse. The bridge is operated and maintained by the New York City Department of Transportation.

Construction on the original 145th Street Bridge began on April 19, 1901, and the $2.75 million bridge was opened to traffic on August 24, 1905. The designer was Alfred Pancoast Boller.

A new swing span for the bridge was assembled in the Port of Coeymans in Coeymans, New York, in southern Albany County. The span was replaced in early November 2006.

The 145th Street Bridge carries the Bx19 bus route operated by MTA New York City Transit.

Alexander Hamilton Bridge

The Alexander Hamilton Bridge carries eight lanes of traffic over the Harlem River in New York City between the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx, connecting the Trans-Manhattan Expressway in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan and the Cross-Bronx Expressway, as part of Interstate 95 and U.S. 1. The bridge opened to traffic on January 15, 1963, the same day that the Cross-Bronx Expressway was completed. For 2011, the New York City Department of Transportation, which operates and maintains the bridge, reported an average daily traffic volume in both directions of 182,174; having reached a peak ADT of 192,848 in 1990.

The total length of bridge, including approaches, is 2,375 feet (724 m). The parallel main spans of the steel arch bridge stretch 555 feet (169 m) long over the Harlem River and provide 103 feet (31 m) of vertical clearance at the center and 366 feet (112 m) of horizontal clearance.

Bus lanes in New York City

Since 1963, New York City has been using a system of bus lanes that are intended to give priority to buses, which contain more occupants than passenger and commercial vehicles. Most of these lanes are restricted to buses only at certain days and times, but some bus lanes are restricted 24/7. As of July 2018, there are 120 miles (190 km) of bus lanes within New York City.

The lanes are generally used to speed up MTA bus routes on the city's public transport system, which would be otherwise held up by traffic congestion. Bus lanes are a key component of the Select Bus Service (SBS) bus rapid transit network, improving bus travel speeds and reliability by reducing delays caused by other traffic.

Since implementation, the lanes have generally helped to increase bus reliability citywide. However, there have been controversies on the benefits of the bus lanes due to the resulting increased traffic and the methods used to enforce bus lanes during their operating hours. In 2010 the city began enforcing the rule by placing cameras that take photos and videos of violators, leading to increased reports of bus-lane violations.

Carroll Street Bridge

The Carroll Street Bridge is a retractable bridge in New York City, crossing the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. It carries a single wooden-decked lane for one-way eastbound vehicular traffic and two walkways. Completed in 1889, it is the least-used of the 794 bridges and tunnels operated by the New York City Department of Transportation, with an average of about one thousand crossings each weekday. One of only four remaining retractable bridges in the United States, it is an official city landmark.

Grand Concourse (Bronx)

The Grand Concourse (originally known as the Grand Boulevard and Concourse) is a major thoroughfare in the borough of the Bronx in New York City. It was designed by Louis Aloys Risse, an immigrant from Saint-Avold, Lorraine, France, who had previously worked for the New York Central Railroad and was later appointed chief topographical engineer for the New York City government.

Some of the neighborhoods that Grand Concourse runs through include Bedford Park, Concourse, Highbridge, Fordham, Mott Haven, Norwood and Tremont. The Encyclopedia of New York City also lists the Grand Concourse as passing through Claremont, Mount Hope, and Mount Eden.

Greenpoint Avenue Bridge

The Greenpoint Avenue Bridge is a drawbridge that carries Greenpoint Avenue across Newtown Creek between the neighborhoods of Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Blissville, Queens in New York City. Also known as the J. J. Byrne Memorial Bridge, the bridge is named after James J. Byrne, who served as Brooklyn Borough President from September 1926 until he died in office on March 14, 1930. Previously, Byrne was the Brooklyn Commissioner of Public Works.

Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge

The Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge (formerly the North Channel Bridge) located in the New York City borough of Queens, is a bridge that runs south from Howard Beach across the Grassy Bay portion of Jamaica Bay to Broad Channel. The fixed bridge, carrying six lanes of Cross Bay Boulevard is named for the late Joseph P. Addabbo, who represented the area in the United States House of Representatives from 1961 to 1986.The bridge was built alongside the North Channel Bridge as a replacement; a lack of maintenance on the old bridge had allowed it to deteriorate to the point where it was beyond repair.The Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge is owned and operated by the New York City Department of Transportation.

Liberty Lines Transit

Liberty Lines Transit is the owner of local bus routes in Westchester County, New York, and operates these and other local bus routes under contract as part of the Bee-Line Bus System. It had been affiliated with Liberty Lines Express, the owner of express bus routes in New York City, which operated those express bus routes under contract to the New York City Department of Transportation. The company's headquarters are located in Yonkers, New York. It currently operates around 320 vehicles, all owned by Westchester County.

Macombs Dam Bridge

The Macombs Dam Bridge ( mə-KOOMZ) spans the Harlem River in New York City, connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx near Yankee Stadium. It is the third-oldest bridge in New York City and, along with the 155th Street Viaduct, was designated a New York City Landmark in January 1992. The bridge is operated and maintained by the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT).

Madison Avenue Bridge

The Madison Avenue Bridge is a four lane swing bridge that crosses the Harlem River in New York City, connecting Madison Avenue in Manhattan with East 138th Street in the Bronx. It was designed by Alfred P. Boller and built in 1910 to replace and double the capacity of another earlier swing bridge dating from 1884. The bridge is operated and maintained by the New York City Department of Transportation.

For 2011, the NYCDOT reported an average daily traffic volume in both directions of 41,423; having reached a peak of 49,487 in 2002.

NYC Express Bus

NYC Express Bus, formerly known as NYC Airporter, is an airport transfer service. NYC Express bus service operates express motor coaches between New York metropolitan area airports and Manhattan owned by Golden Touch Transportation of NY, Inc. It is the only permitted official operator of express airport bus service for the New York City Department of Transportation and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (the airports' operator).

NYC Express bus is managed by Golden Touch Transportation, a Transdev affiliate, and operated by franchised bus operators using Golden Touch/NYC Airporter-branded vehicles. These vehicles include diesel and hybrid-electric cutaway buses built on IC Bus chassis, Gillig transit buses, and others. Operations began on January 2011 when Golden Touch acquired the John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport express airport bus permit with the NYCDOT and Port Authority, previously held by New York Airport Service (which now operates vans instead of their buses), allowing Golden Touch to begin express service from Manhattan to the two airports. The service was branded NYC Airporter, “Your Express Ride to New York City”. Buses travel between scheduled stops at John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport to streetside pickup and dropoff points near New York Penn Station, Grand Central Terminal, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. It also books customers through Coach USA Olympia Trails' Newark Airport Express bus service, where customers traveling into Kennedy or LaGuardia going to Newark Liberty International Airport can purchase one ticket from NYC Airporter to transfer to Olympia's bus service in Manhattan.

New York State Department of Transportation

NYDOT redirects here, for the agency handling transportation in New York City, see New York City Department of TransportationThe New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is the department of the New York state government responsible for the development and operation of highways, railroads, mass transit systems, ports, waterways and aviation facilities in the U.S. state of New York.

This transportation network includes:

A state and local highway system, encompassing over 110,000 miles (177,000 km) of highway and 17,000 bridges.

A 5,000 mile (8,000 km) rail network, carrying over 42 million short tons (38 million metric tons) of equipment, raw materials, manufactured goods and produce each year.

Over 130 public transit operators, serving over 5.2 million passengers each day.

Twelve major public and private ports, handling more than 110 million short tons (100 million metric tons) of freight annually.

456 public and private aviation facilities, through which more than 31 million people travel each year. It owns two airports, Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, and Republic Airport on Long Island. Stewart is currently leased to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.Its regulations are compiled in title 17 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations.

Park Avenue Tunnel (roadway)

The Park Avenue Tunnel, also called the Murray Hill Tunnel, is a 1,600-foot-long (488 m) tunnel that passes under seven blocks of Park Avenue in Murray Hill, in the New York City borough of Manhattan. Traffic currently goes northbound from 33rd Street toward the Park Avenue Viaduct. The tunnel is under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Transportation, and carries one lane of northbound car traffic from East 33rd Street to East 40th Street; from 40th Street north, traffic must follow the Park Avenue Viaduct around Grand Central Terminal to 46th Street. The vertical clearance is 8 ft 11 in (2.72 m).

The IRT Lexington Avenue Line of the New York City Subway runs parallel to the Park Avenue Tunnel in two tunnels below it.

Pelham Bridge

Pelham Bridge is a bascule bridge located in the New York City borough of the Bronx. It carries Shore Road and a walkway along the downstream side, over the Hutchinson River. The bridge is operated and maintained by the New York City Department of Transportation. Crossing the mouth of the river, it is variously called Pelham Bay Bridge and Pelham Bridge.Pelham Bridge opens frequently; in 2008, it opened a total of 1,446 times. The watercraft traffic under that bridge is greater than for any other drawbridge in the city.

Roosevelt Island Bridge

The Roosevelt Island Bridge is a vertical lift bridge that connects Roosevelt Island in Manhattan to Astoria in Queens, crossing the East Channel of the East River. It is the sole route to the island for vehicular and foot traffic (without using public transportation).

Select Bus Service

Select Bus Service (SBS; stylized on the buses as +selectbusservice) is a brand used by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)'s Regional Bus Operations for bus rapid transit service in New York City. SBS began service in 2008 in order to improve speed and reliability on long, busy corridors.

SBS routes use vehicle-segregated, camera-enforced bus lanes; sidewalk extensions for bus stops; relatively long distances between stops; vehicular turn restrictions along corridors; and next-bus travel information screens. The first route was the Bx12 along Fordham Road and the Pelham Parkway; as of July 2019, twenty SBS routes run along seventeen corridors. Twenty more routes are proposed through 2027. However, in summer 2018, the MTA announced that it was considering delaying the implementation of SBS routes outside Manhattan until 2021 because of the city's upcoming bus-network redesign.

Southern Boulevard (Bronx)

Southern Boulevard is a street in the Bronx, New York City. It stretches from Bruckner Boulevard in Mott Haven to Mosholu Parkway in Bedford Park. Until 2011, the portion north of Fordham Road, adjacent to the New York Botanical Garden, was also named Dr. Theodore L. Kazimiroff Boulevard. The name of Kazimiroff, a Bronx historian, was taken off the street signs of Southern Boulevard because the New York City Department of Transportation believed that Kazimiroff's name was unpopular with locals, citing the fact that many people did not know where Kazimiroff Boulevard was.

The 2 and ​5 trains run directly above Southern Boulevard from Simpson Street to 174th Street. The 6 and <6>​ trains also run under Southern Boulevard from East 143rd Street to Hunts Point Avenue.

University Heights Bridge

The University Heights Bridge crosses the Harlem River, connecting West 207th Street in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan to West Fordham Road in the University Heights section of the Bronx. The steel-truss revolving swing bridge is operated and maintained by the New York City Department of Transportation and carries two lanes of traffic in each direction, along with a sidewalk on the south side of the bridge. It may have once carried the now-decommissioned New York State Route 9X.The bridge has three masonry piers, and the approach spans are made of steel. The sidewalk features four shelters with cast-iron piers, while the bridge itself has a "graceful" profile with "ornate" iron railings and two stone pavilions.

Willis Avenue Bridge

The Willis Avenue Bridge is a swing bridge that carries road traffic northbound (and bicycles and pedestrians both ways) over the Harlem River between the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx, United States. It connects First Avenue in Manhattan with Willis Avenue in the Bronx. The New York City Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining and operating the bridge.

The bridge is part of the course for the annual New York City Marathon. The runners, after crossing over from Manhattan to The Bronx via the bridge - which they have dubbed "the wall" because it marks the 20-mile point on the run - then follow a short course through the borough and return to Manhattan for the race's final leg via the Madison Avenue Bridge.

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