Transportation, Department of

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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 44,500 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 2021 Executive Budget recommends $11.8 billion for the Department, an increase of $2.2 billion from the FY 2020 budget. This year-to-year change primarily reflects the increase of funding for the DOT Capital Plan and operating support to statewide transit systems from existing revenue sources.

The FY 2021 Executive Budget includes a workforce of 8,520 FTEs for the Department, unchanged from the amount funded in FY 2020.

Major budget actions include:

  • DOT Capital Plan: The Executive Budget provides funding for a new, 2-Year $11.9 billion DOT Capital Plan beginning in FY 2021. Compared to the final two years of the last DOT Capital Plan, this is an increase of $3.0 billion, or 33 percent. This historic, record level of funding is proposed over a shorter, two year period due to Federal funding uncertainty. These investments will support needed improvements to New York State’s highways, bridges, rail, aviation, and non-MTA transit infrastructure.

  • Transit Operating Support: The Executive Budget provides operating support totaling $6.8 billion to statewide transit systems. The MTA will receive $6.2 billion (through a combination of appropriated and non-appropriated resources), an increase of $725 million from FY 2020, and other transit systems both Upstate and Downstate will receive a record-high $630 million of annual operating assistance. The Budget once again includes an $11 million appropriation for transit service over the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. The Budget also includes the first year ($20 million) of a $100 million, five year program to electrify buses throughout the State, with a goal of 25% electric buses used by five major transit systems by 2025.

  • Highway and Bridges: Capital Aid to Local Governments for highway and bridge projects is preserved at FY 2020 levels, with $438.1 million provided for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) and $39.7 million for the Marchiselli program. The Executive 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.

  • Airports: The Executive Budget provides up to $100 million for a second round of funding for the Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization. This funding supports enhancements to safety and economic development, improves airport operations and access, reduces environmental impact, and creates better passenger experiences.

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 FY 2019, DOT replaced or rehabilitated more than 200 State bridges and completed almost 6,000 corrective and preventive bridge treatments to slow deterioration. In addition, approximately 2,100 lane miles of State highway were resurfaced or reconstructed.

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 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 2020
Appropriations
Recommended
FY 2021
Change From
FY 2020
Reappropriations
Recommended
FY 2021
State Operations 429,211,000 428,331,000 (880,000) 410,158,000
Aid To Localities 3,656,028,300 4,192,290,600 536,262,300 585,083,500
Capital Projects 5,487,873,000 7,156,943,000 1,669,070,000 18,846,312,000
Total 9,573,112,300 11,777,564,600 2,204,452,300 19,841,553,500

ALL FUND TYPES
PROJECTED LEVELS OF EMPLOYMENT BY PROGRAM
FILLED ANNUAL SALARIED POSITIONS
Program FY 2020
Estimated FTEs
03/31/20
FY 2021
Estimated FTEs
03/31/21
FTE Change
Bus Safety
General Fund 95 95 0
Design and Construction
Capital Projects Funds - Other 2,558 2,558 0
Motor Carrier Safety
General Fund 54 54 0
New York Metropolitan Transportation Council
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 53 53 0
Non-Federally Aided Highway Capital Projects - Administration
Capital Projects Funds - Other 422 422 0
Operations
General Fund 2,385 2,385 0
Office of Passenger and Freight Transportation Program
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 73 73 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 46 46 0
Planning and Program Management
Capital Projects Funds - Other 545 545 0
Preventive Maintenance
Capital Projects Funds - Other 2,113 2,113 0
Rail Safety
General Fund 11 11 0
Real Estate
Capital Projects Funds - Other 165 165 0
Total 8,520 8,520 0

STATE OPERATIONS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY FUND TYPE
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Fund Type Available
FY 2020
Recommended
FY 2021
Change
General Fund 380,772,000 380,772,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 31,189,000 30,767,000 (422,000)
Special Revenue Funds - Other 17,250,000 16,792,000 (458,000)
Total 429,211,000 428,331,000 (880,000)

STATE OPERATIONS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Program Available
FY 2020
Recommended
FY 2021
Change
Bus Safety
General Fund 8,680,000 8,680,000 0
Motor Carrier Safety
General Fund 7,492,000 7,492,000 0
Office of Passenger and Freight Transportation Program
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 31,189,000 30,767,000 (422,000)
Special Revenue Funds - Other 14,040,000 13,582,000 (458,000)
Operations
General Fund 363,648,000 363,648,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 3,210,000 3,210,000 0
Rail Safety
General Fund 952,000 952,000 0
Total 429,211,000 428,331,000 (880,000)

STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF PERSONAL SERVICE APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2021 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Personal Service Regular
(Annual Salaried)
Amount Change Amount Change
Bus Safety 7,966,000 0 7,032,000 0
Motor Carrier Safety 4,245,000 0 4,053,000 0
Operations 163,648,000 0 124,781,000 0
Rail Safety 847,000 0 797,000 0
Total 176,706,000 0 136,663,000 0
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF PERSONAL SERVICE APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2021 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Temporary Service
(Nonannual Salaried)
Holiday/Overtime Pay
Amount Change Amount Change
Bus Safety 0 0 934,000 431,000
Motor Carrier Safety 0 0 192,000 110,000
Operations 4,102,000 0 34,765,000 30,675,000
Rail Safety 0 0 50,000 33,000
Total 4,102,000 0 35,941,000 31,249,000

STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2021 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Supplies and Materials
Amount Change Amount Change
Bus Safety 714,000 0 30,000 0
Motor Carrier Safety 3,247,000 0 94,000 0
Operations 200,000,000 0 137,951,000 0
Rail Safety 105,000 0 18,000 0
Total 204,066,000 0 138,093,000 0
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2021 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Travel Contractual Services
Amount Change Amount Change
Bus Safety 498,000 0 78,000 0
Motor Carrier Safety 120,000 0 3,015,000 0
Operations 102,000 0 61,400,000 0
Rail Safety 74,000 0 6,000 0
Total 794,000 0 64,499,000 0
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2021 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Equipment
Amount Change
Bus Safety 108,000 0
Motor Carrier Safety 18,000 0
Operations 547,000 0
Rail Safety 7,000 0
Total 680,000 0

STATE OPERATIONS - OTHER THAN GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2021 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Personal Service
Amount Change Amount Change
Office of Passenger and Freight Transportation Program 44,349,000 (880,000) 17,907,000 0
Operations 3,210,000 0 0 0
Total 47,559,000 (880,000) 17,907,000 0
STATE OPERATIONS - OTHER THAN GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2021 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Nonpersonal Service
Amount Change
Office of Passenger and Freight Transportation Program 26,442,000 (880,000)
Operations 3,210,000 0
Total 29,652,000 (880,000)

AID TO LOCALITIES
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY FUND TYPE
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Fund Type Available
FY 2020
Recommended
FY 2021
Change
General Fund 109,850,800 109,850,800 0
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 73,300,000 79,000,000 5,700,000
Special Revenue Funds - Other 3,472,877,500 4,003,439,800 530,562,300
Total 3,656,028,300 4,192,290,600 536,262,300

AID TO LOCALITIES
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Program Available
FY 2020
Recommended
FY 2021
Change
Additional Mass Transportation Assistance Program
General Fund 65,720,000 65,720,000 0
Dedicated Mass Transportation Trust Fund Program
Special Revenue Funds - Other 727,146,000 725,652,000 (1,494,000)
Local Transportation Planning Studies Program
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 33,500,000 36,000,000 2,500,000
Mass Transportation Assistance Program
General Fund 25,251,000 25,251,000 0
Mass Transportation Operating Assistance Fund Program
Special Revenue Funds - Other 2,265,947,700 2,649,547,700 383,600,000
Mass Transportation Operating Assistance Program
General Fund 18,879,800 18,879,800 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 202,990,100 202,990,100 0
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Support Program
Special Revenue Funds - Other 276,793,700 425,250,000 148,456,300
Office of Passenger and Freight Transportation Program
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 17,900,000 18,000,000 100,000
Rural and Small Urban Transit Aid Program
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 21,900,000 25,000,000 3,100,000
Total 3,656,028,300 4,192,290,600 536,262,300

CAPITAL PROJECTS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Comprehensive Construction Program Available
FY 2020
Recommended
FY 2021
Change Reappropriations
FY 2021
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 39,116,000
Regional Aviation Fund 0 0 0 8,468,000
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 64,933,000
New York Works
Capital Projects Fund - Authority Bonds 12,500,000 112,500,000 100,000,000 118,639,000
Non-Federal Aided Highway Capital Projects
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 1,243,000 1,232,000 (11,000) 1,994,000
Transportation Bondable
Cap Proj Fund - Rebuild Renew NY 2005 (Bondable) 0 0 0 9,758,000
Bond Proceeds
Rebuild and Renew New York Transportation Bonds of 2005
Rebuild and Renew New York Transp Bonds of 2005 0 0 0 453,352,000
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
New York Works
Capital Projects Fund - Authority Bonds 0 0 0 68,274,000
Non-Federal Aided Highway Capital Projects
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 0 0 0 164,275,000
Health and Safety
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 0 0 0 10,995,000
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 24,000
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Federal Stimulus 0 0 0 26,629,000
Engineering Services
Engineering Services Fund 0 0 0 121,555,000
Federal Operating Grants Fund 19,241,000 19,090,000 (151,000) 98,660,000
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 2,520,000,000 2,520,000,000 0 9,259,472,000
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 5,000,000 0 (5,000,000) 3,669,000
Multi-Modal
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 0 0 0 31,973,000
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 0 562,726,000
New York Works
Capital Projects Fund - Authority Bonds 77,214,000 0 (77,214,000) 959,348,000
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 0 0 0 13,529,000
Federal Capital Projects Fund 0 0 0 13,983,000
Non-Federal Aided Highway Capital Projects
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 1,320,902,000 1,324,594,000 3,692,000 2,816,137,000
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) 850,367,000
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 14,665,000
Transportation Infrastructure Renewal Bond Fund
Transportation Infrastructure Renewal Bond Fund 0 0 0 24,753,000
Infrastructure
New York Works
Capital Projects Fund - Authority Bonds 346,175,000 2,030,000,000 1,683,825,000 1,372,930,000
Maintenance Facilities
Maintenance Facilities
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 27,405,000 32,405,000 5,000,000 87,752,000
Mass Transportation and Rail Freight
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Federal Stimulus 0 0 0 117,988,000
Mass Transportation
Capital Projects Fund 38,500,000 38,500,000 0 173,127,000
Mass Transportation and Rail Freight
Capital Projects Fund 18,500,000 18,500,000 0 255,348,000
Capital Projects Fund - Authority Bonds 0 0 0 20,712,000
Capital Projects Fund - Energy Conservation (Bondable) 0 0 0 148,000
Capital Projects Fund – Settlement Funds 0 0 0 13,213,000
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 54,330,000 54,330,000 0 187,844,000
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 65,000,000 91,000,000 26,000,000 183,989,000
Other Transportation Aid
Federal Capital Projects Fund 0 0 0 53,328,000
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 4,651,000
Transportation Bondable
Cap Proj Fund - Rebuild Renew NY 2005 (Bondable) 0 0 0 14,253,000
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 7,072,000
Preservation of Facilities
Non-Federal Aided Highway Capital Projects
Capital Projects Fund 0 0 0 74,000
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 379,066,000 376,995,000 (2,071,000) 458,659,000
Total 5,487,873,000 7,156,943,000 1,669,070,000 18,846,312,000

Note: Most recent estimates as of 01/29/2020

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