The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) was formed in 1967 to manage the state’s complex transportation system and the ever-increasing need to coordinate the development of transportation across New York.
Today, the NYSDOT oversees a network that includes:
- A state and local highway system that annually handles over 130 billion vehicle miles.
- This total system that encompasses more than 113,000 highway miles and more than 17,400 bridges.
- An extensive 3,500-mile rail network over which 68 million tons of equipment, raw materials, manufactured goods and produce are shipped each year.
- 485 public and private aviation facilities through which more than 80 million people travel each year.
- Over 130 public transit operators, serving more than 80 million passengers each day.
- 12 major public and private ports.
Responsibilities of the NYSDOT include:
- Coordinating and developing comprehensive transportation policy for the State
- Coordinating and assisting in the development and operation of transportation facilities and services for highways, railroads, mass transit systems, ports, waterways and aviation facilities
- Formulating and keeping current a long-range, comprehensive statewide master plan for the balanced development of public and private commuter and general transportation facilities.
- Administering a public safety program for railroads and motor carriers engaged in intrastate commerce
- Directing state regulation of such carriers in matters of rates and service
- Providing oversight in matters relative to the safe operation of bus lines, commuter railroads and subway systems that are publicly subsidized