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Transportation, Department of

Agency Web Site: https://www.dot.ny.gov/indexLink to External Website

Mission

It is the mission of the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to ensure its customers – those who live, work and travel in New York State – have a safe, efficient, balanced, and environmentally sound transportation system.

The DOT directly maintains and improves the State’s approximately 43,700 State highway lane miles and nearly 7,900 bridges. In addition, the Department partially funds locally-operated transit systems, local government highway and bridge construction, and rail, airport, and canal programs.

Organization and Staffing

The Department is headed by a Commissioner appointed by the Governor, subject to Senate confirmation. The Department’s main office is in Albany, with 11 regional offices in Schenectady, Utica, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Hornell, Watertown, Poughkeepsie, Binghamton, Hauppauge, and New York City. The Department also maintains highway maintenance and equipment repair facilities across the State.

Employees of the Department perform such activities as highway maintenance, snow and ice removal, highway and bridge design, and construction inspection. In addition, the Department’s staff inspects school and charter buses, regulates commercial transportation, oversees public transportation systems and State-owned airports, and provides administrative support for the Department.

Budget Highlights

The FY 2019 Executive Budget recommends more than $9.8 billion for the Department, a decrease of $2.3 billion from the FY 2018 budget. This year-to-year change primarily reflects reforms in the budget that transfer Payroll Mobility Tax revenues directly to the MTA, and planned scheduling of commitments related to DOT’s historic capital plan.

The Executive Budget includes a workforce of 8,523 FTEs for the Department, an increase of 70 over the amount funded in FY 2018, reflecting increased commitments to snow and ice control, and highway maintenance.

Major budget actions include:

  • The Executive Budget provides funding for the fourth year of DOT’s capital plan for the period that began in FY 2016, and reflects significant additional commitments made in the FY 2018 budget. These investments will support needed improvements to New York State’s highways, bridges, rail, aviation, and non-MTA transit infrastructure.
  • The FY 2019 Executive Budget proposes to move costs associated with DOT’s snow and ice removal program, along with the administration of three safety inspection programs from the DHBTF to the State’s General Fund. Costs related to road and bridge repair, engineering, capital planning, maintenance of assets, and other activities related to DOT’s capital plan will continue to be funded from the DHBTF. This proposal is the continuation of an effort to more accurately account for certain types of expenses. Accordingly, the FY 2019 Executive Budget reflects the movement of $376 million in non-capital costs to the General Fund.
  • The Executive Budget provides operating support totaling almost $5.4 billion to transit systems. The MTA will receive almost $4.9 billion (a combination of on-budget and off-budget resources), an increase of $334 million from FY 2018, and other transit systems will receive a record-high $525 million of annual operating assistance. The Budget funds half of the MTA's Subway Action Plan, begins moving the Payroll Mobility Tax to off-budget status, and includes an $8 million appropriation for transit service over the Mario M Cuomo Bridge.
  • Capital Aid to Local Governments for highway and bridge projects is preserved at FY 2017 levels, with $438.1 million provided for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) and $39.7 million for the Marchiselli program. The Budget also continues the State’s commitment to providing $100 million for local bridge projects through the BRIDGE NY program, and $100 million for local highway improvements through the PAVE NY program.

For more information on this agency's budget recommendations located in the Executive Budget Briefing Book, click on the following link:

Program Highlights

Highway Construction and Maintenance: Improving the State’s vital transportation infrastructure remains the agency’s highest priority. During 2016-17, the Department replaced or rehabilitated a total of 330 State bridges, and completed 5,417 corrective and preventive bridge treatments to slow deterioration. In addition, 1,687 lane miles of State highway were resurfaced or reconstructed. Construction of virtually all highway and bridge projects is performed by private firms, while most corrective and preventive maintenance activities are performed by DOT staff.

Engineering: State staff and private-sector consultants perform the planning, property acquisition, design engineering, environmental reviews, surveying, materials and soils testing, and construction inspection necessary to deliver the Department’s capital program.

Local Highway Aid: The State makes a significant investment in helping localities maintain safe roads and bridges through the CHIPS, Marchiselli, BRIDGE NY and PAVE NY programs. The CHIPS program provides aid to cities, counties, towns and villages on a formula basis, while the Marchiselli program helps local governments meet required matching requirements on Federally funded projects. The BRIDGE NY and PAVE NY programs were created in the FY 2017 budget, and provide additional State aid for local bridge and highway projects.

Transportation Safety and Environmental Compliance: Department staff perform safety inspections of school buses throughout New York State. In addition, the Department administers safety and emissions inspections of commercial trucking on State highways, as well as a comprehensive program to ensure public safety along the State’s commercial rail corridors.

ALL FUNDS
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Category Available
FY 2018
Appropriations
Recommended
FY 2019
Change From
FY 2018
Reappropriations
Recommended
FY 2019
State Operations 46,343,000 386,550,000 340,207,000 116,690,000
Aid To Localities 5,210,993,300 4,099,032,600 (1,111,960,700) 425,884,000
Capital Projects 6,879,114,000 5,355,365,000 (1,523,749,000) 17,986,987,000
Total 12,136,450,300 9,840,947,600 (2,295,502,700) 18,529,561,000

ALL FUND TYPES
PROJECTED LEVELS OF EMPLOYMENT BY PROGRAM
FILLED ANNUAL SALARIED POSITIONS
Program FY 2018
Estimated FTEs
03/31/18
FY 2019
Estimated FTEs
03/31/19
FTE Change
Bus Safety
General Fund 0 95 95
Design and Construction
Capital Projects Funds - Other 2,594 2,594 0
Motor Carrier Safety
General Fund 0 54 54
New York Metropolitan Transportation Council
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 53 53 0
Non-Federally Aided Highway Capital Projects - Administration
Capital Projects Funds - Other 425 425 0
Operations
General Fund 0 2,385 2,385
Office of Passenger and Freight Transportation Program
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 73 73 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 46 46 0
Capital Projects Funds - Other 160 0 (160)
Planning and Program Management
Capital Projects Funds - Other 514 514 0
Preventive Maintenance
Capital Projects Funds - Other 4,428 2,113 (2,315)
Rail Safety
General Fund 0 11 11
Real Estate
Capital Projects Funds - Other 160 160 0
Total 8,453 8,523 70

STATE OPERATIONS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY FUND TYPE
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Fund Type Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change
General Fund 0 339,351,000 339,351,000
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 30,909,000 31,489,000 580,000
Special Revenue Funds - Other 15,434,000 15,710,000 276,000
Total 46,343,000 386,550,000 340,207,000

STATE OPERATIONS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Program Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change
Bus Safety
General Fund 0 7,233,000 7,233,000
Motor Carrier Safety
General Fund 0 6,242,000 6,242,000
Operations
General Fund 0 325,084,000 325,084,000
Special Revenue Funds - Other 3,210,000 3,210,000 0
Office of Passenger and Freight Transportation Program
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 30,909,000 31,489,000 580,000
Special Revenue Funds - Other 12,224,000 12,500,000 276,000
Rail Safety
General Fund 0 792,000 792,000
Total 46,343,000 386,550,000 340,207,000

STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF PERSONAL SERVICE APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Personal Service Regular
(Annual Salaried)
Amount Change Amount Change
Bus Safety 6,638,000 6,638,000 5,860,000 5,860,000
Motor Carrier Safety 3,537,000 3,537,000 3,377,000 3,377,000
Operations 158,881,000 158,881,000 120,014,000 120,014,000
Rail Safety 705,000 705,000 664,000 664,000
Total 169,761,000 169,761,000 129,915,000 129,915,000
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF PERSONAL SERVICE APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Temporary Service
(Nonannual Salaried)
Holiday/Overtime Pay
Amount Change Amount Change
Bus Safety 0 0 778,000 778,000
Motor Carrier Safety 0 0 160,000 160,000
Operations 4,102,000 4,102,000 34,765,000 34,765,000
Rail Safety 0 0 41,000 41,000
Total 4,102,000 4,102,000 35,744,000 35,744,000

STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Supplies and Materials
Amount Change Amount Change
Bus Safety 595,000 595,000 25,000 25,000
Motor Carrier Safety 2,705,000 2,705,000 78,000 78,000
Operations 166,203,000 166,203,000 98,576,000 98,576,000
Rail Safety 87,000 87,000 15,000 15,000
Total 169,590,000 169,590,000 98,694,000 98,694,000
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Travel Contractual Services
Amount Change Amount Change
Bus Safety 415,000 415,000 65,000 65,000
Motor Carrier Safety 100,000 100,000 2,512,000 2,512,000
Operations 3,000,000 3,000,000 48,116,000 48,116,000
Rail Safety 61,000 61,000 5,000 5,000
Total 3,576,000 3,576,000 50,698,000 50,698,000
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Equipment
Amount Change
Bus Safety 90,000 90,000
Motor Carrier Safety 15,000 15,000
Operations 16,511,000 16,511,000
Rail Safety 6,000 6,000
Total 16,622,000 16,622,000

STATE OPERATIONS - OTHER THAN GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Personal Service
Amount Change Amount Change
Operations 3,210,000 0 0 0
Office of Passenger and Freight Transportation Program 43,989,000 856,000 17,058,000 298,000
Total 47,199,000 856,000 17,058,000 298,000
STATE OPERATIONS - OTHER THAN GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Nonpersonal Service
Amount Change
Operations 3,210,000 0
Office of Passenger and Freight Transportation Program 26,931,000 558,000
Total 30,141,000 558,000

AID TO LOCALITIES
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY FUND TYPE
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Fund Type Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change
General Fund 114,350,800 294,850,800 180,500,000
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 73,300,000 73,300,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 5,023,342,500 3,730,881,800 (1,292,460,700)
Total 5,210,993,300 4,099,032,600 (1,111,960,700)

AID TO LOCALITIES
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Program Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change
Additional Mass Transportation Assistance Program
General Fund 70,220,000 250,720,000 180,500,000
Dedicated Mass Transportation Trust Fund Program
Special Revenue Funds - Other 692,640,000 714,256,000 21,616,000
Local Transportation Planning Studies Program
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 33,500,000 33,500,000 0
Mass Transportation Assistance Program
General Fund 25,251,000 25,251,000 0
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Support Program
Special Revenue Funds - Other 2,086,245,000 730,488,000 (1,355,757,000)
Mass Transportation Operating Assistance Program
General Fund 18,879,800 18,879,800 0
Mass Transportation Operating Assistance Fund Program
Special Revenue Funds - Other 2,041,467,400 2,083,147,700 41,680,300
Mass Transportation Operating Assistance Program
Special Revenue Funds - Other 202,990,100 202,990,100 0
Office of Passenger and Freight Transportation Program
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 17,900,000 17,900,000 0
Rural and Small Urban Transit Aid Program
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 21,900,000 21,900,000 0
Total 5,210,993,300 4,099,032,600 (1,111,960,700)

CAPITAL PROJECTS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Comprehensive Construction Program Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change Reappropriations
FY 2019
Aviation
Airport or Aviation Program
Cap Proj Fund - Infrastructure Renewal (Bondable) 0 0 0 358,000
Capital Projects Fund - Aviation (Bondable) 0 0 0 2,010,000
Airport or Aviation Program -- Bondable
Capital Projects Fund - Aviation (Bondable) 0 0 0 824,000
Airport or Aviation State Program
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 4,000,000 4,000,000 0 39,271,000
Regional Aviation Fund 0 0 0 8,417,000
Aviation
Transportation Capital Facilities Bond Fund 0 0 0 3,329,000
Federal Airport or Aviation
Federal Capital Projects Fund 6,000,000 6,000,000 0 53,925,000
New York Works
Capital Projects Fund - Authority Bonds 22,500,000 12,500,000 (10,000,000) 255,635,000
Non-Federal Aided Highway Capital Projects
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 1,176,000 1,186,000 10,000 1,176,000
Transportation Bondable
Cap Proj Fund - Rebuild Renew NY 2005 (Bondable) 0 0 0 10,034,000
Bond Proceeds
Rebuild and Renew New York Transportation Bonds of 2005
Rebuild and Renew New York Transp Bonds of 2005 0 0 0 512,603,000
Canals and Waterways
Canals and Waterways - Bondable
Cap Proj Fund - Infrastructure Renewal (Bondable) 0 0 0 484,000
Transportation Bondable
Cap Proj Fund - Rebuild Renew NY 2005 (Bondable) 0 0 0 16,139,000
Economic Development
Non-Federal Aided Highway Capital Projects
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 0 0 0 179,380,000
Health and Safety
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 19,016,000 0 (19,016,000) 21,334,000
Highway Facilities
Accelerated Capacity and Transportation Improvements Fund
Accelerated Capacity and Transport Improvements Fund 0 0 0 23,010,000
Airport or Aviation State Program
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 0 0 0 99,000
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Federal Stimulus 0 0 0 27,099,000
Engineering Services
Engineering Services Fund 0 0 0 121,653,000
Federal Operating Grants Fund 20,513,000 19,379,000 (1,134,000) 85,472,000
Federal Aid Highways - Bondable Purpose
Cap Proj Fund - Infrastructure Renewal (Bondable) 0 0 0 6,080,000
Federal Aid Highways - Federal Purpose
Federal Capital Projects Fund 2,420,000,000 2,480,000,000 60,000,000 8,033,772,000
Highway Facilities
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 0 0 0 11,918,000
Infrastructure Bond Act Projects
Cap Proj Fund - Infrastructure Renewal (Bondable) 0 0 0 7,251,000
Maintenance Facilities
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 0 5,000,000 5,000,000 0
Multi-Modal
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 0 0 0 33,175,000
Municipal Highway - Railroad Crossing Alterations
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 0 0 0 1,567,000
New York State Agency Fund
Miscellaneous New York State Agency Fund 50,000,000 50,000,000 0 506,939,000
New York Works
Capital Projects Fund - Authority Bonds 891,528,000 102,904,000 (788,624,000) 1,390,047,000
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 0 0 0 45,683,000
Federal Capital Projects Fund 0 0 0 14,240,000
Non-Federal Aided Highway Capital Projects
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 1,219,647,000 1,305,116,000 85,469,000 2,625,619,000
Other Highway Aid
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 0 0 0 1,150,000
Other Transportation Aid
Capital Projects Fund - Authority Bonds 542,797,000 477,797,000 (65,000,000) 897,586,000
Priority Bond Act Projects
Cap Proj Fund - Infrastructure Renewal (Bondable) 0 0 0 7,056,000
Road and Bridge Improvements - Bondable
Capital Projects Fund - AC and TI Fund (Bondable) 0 0 0 23,009,000
Small and Minority and Women-Owned Small Business Assistance
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 0 0 0 3,500,000
Transportation Bondable
Cap Proj Fund - Rebuild Renew NY 2005 (Bondable) 0 0 0 17,997,000
Transportation Infrastructure Renewal Bond Fund
Transportation Infrastructure Renewal Bond Fund 0 0 0 29,149,000
Infrastructure
New York Works
Capital Projects Fund - Authority Bonds 783,175,000 356,175,000 (427,000,000) 1,104,984,000
Maintenance Facilities
Maintenance Facilities
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 18,165,000 27,405,000 9,240,000 74,509,000
Mass Transportation and Rail Freight
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Federal Stimulus 0 0 0 124,036,000
Mass Transportation
Capital Projects Fund 38,500,000 38,500,000 0 177,649,000
Mass Transportation and Rail Freight
Capital Projects Fund 18,500,000 18,500,000 0 223,606,000
Capital Projects Fund - Authority Bonds 0 0 0 6,122,000
Capital Projects Fund - Energy Conservation (Bondable) 0 0 0 148,000
Capital Projects Fund – Settlement Funds 20,000,000 0 (20,000,000) 20,000,000
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 54,330,000 54,330,000 0 176,474,000
Federal Capital Projects Fund 0 0 0 19,573,000
Mass Transportation and Rail Freight Bondable
Cap Proj Fund - Infrastructure Renewal (Bondable) 0 0 0 2,682,000
New York Works
Capital Projects Fund - Authority Bonds 45,000,000 45,000,000 0 118,080,000
Other Transportation Aid
Federal Capital Projects Fund 0 0 0 69,187,000
Rail Freight
Cap Proj Fund - Infrastructure Renewal (Bondable) 0 0 0 120,000
Capital Projects Fund 0 0 0 1,291,000
Capital Projects Fund - Advances 0 0 0 21,360,000
Rail Preservation and Development Fund
Rail Preservation Development Bond Fund 0 0 0 164,000
Small and Minority and Women-Owned Small Business Assistance
Capital Projects Fund 0 0 0 5,000,000
Special Rail and Aviation Program
Capital Projects Fund 0 0 0 4,652,000
Transportation Bondable
Cap Proj Fund - Rebuild Renew NY 2005 (Bondable) 0 0 0 30,801,000
Port Development
Port Development Bondable
Cap Proj Fund - Infrastructure Renewal (Bondable) 0 0 0 55,000
Transportation Bondable
Cap Proj Fund - Rebuild Renew NY 2005 (Bondable) 0 0 0 15,307,000
Preservation of Facilities
Non-Federal Aided Highway Capital Projects
Capital Projects Fund 0 0 0 74,000
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 704,267,000 351,573,000 (352,694,000) 773,123,000
Total 6,879,114,000 5,355,365,000 (1,523,749,000) 17,986,987,000

Note: Most recent estimates as of 01/16/2018

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