New York State Department of Transportation

From Open Energy Information

In 1967 the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) was formed to deal with the state's complex transportation system and the ever-increasing need to coordinate the development of transportation with each mode serving its best purpose. NYSDOT has 11 regional offices throughout the state to monitor public safety and provide local resources. Partnerships include councils and private industries, as well as, federal, state, city, and county agencies to uphold the mission and values.


“It is the mission of the New York State Department of Transportation to ensure our customers - those who live, work and travel in New York State -- have a safe, efficient, balanced and environmentally sound transportation system.”



  • We are honest and fair in all our actions and programs, holding to the highest moral, ethical and legal standards.

Customer Service

  • We listen to our customers, communicating effectively to address their needs, enhance their quality of life, and support the State's economy.


  • We work closely and cooperatively with other transportation providers, contractors, consultants and suppliers, elected officials, local governments, and oversight agencies.


  • We benefit from working as a team, combining our diversity and strengths for a common purpose.


  • We respect our coworkers for their hard work, excellent skills and responsible actions.


  • We ensure the best transportation system possible.”

Responsibilities and Functions

  • Coordinate and develop
  • Comprehensive state transportation plan; and
    • Transportation facilities and services operations to include,
      • Highways, railroads, mass transit systems, ports, waterways and aviation facilities.
    • A balanced public and private commuter transportation system
  • Administering a public safety program to include,
    • Railroads and motorized vehicles;
    • Rates and services management; and
    • Public transit operations overview.

Agency Divisions

Statewide Planning Bureau

Services provided:

  • Develops plans for,
    • Transportation overview
    • Smart planning
    • State rail systems
    • Public involvement

Operation and Asset Management Division

Services provided:

  • Highway and special use permitting
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Workzone traffic control
  • State highway construction design

Administration Service Division

Services provided:

  • Press release
  • Human resources
  • Purchase and contract unit
    • Construction contracts, consultant resources, engineering, and equipment purchasing

Division of Legal Affairs

Services provided:

  • Rules and regulations
  • Records
  • Small claim consultations
  • Investigations
  • Internal legal advice

Engineering Division

Materials Bureau

Services provided:

  • Quality assurance programs
  • Material design, construction, performance, and evaluation

Geotechnical Engineering Bureau

Services provided:

  • Quality assurance in underground natural resources
  • Solutions to soil, rock, and groundwater issues

Transportation Research and Development Bureau

Services provided:

  • Cost-effective materials and solutions for, "engineering policies, practices, procedures, standards, and specifications."
  • "Applied research
  • Technical assistance
  • Technology transfers
  • Engineering consultation"


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