New Jersey Department of Transportation

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New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)
Seal of the New Jersey Department of Transportation.svg
Agency overview
Formed 1966
Jurisdiction New Jersey
Headquarters 1035 Parkway Avenue, Ewing, New Jersey
Employees 3,842
Agency executive
  • Richard T. Hammer, Commissioner of Transportation
Parent agency State of New Jersey

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)[1] is the agency responsible for transportation issues and policy in New Jersey such as maintaining and operating the State's highway and public road system, planning and developing transportation policy and assisting with rail, freight and intermodal transportation issues. It is headed by the Commissioner of Transportation. The present Commissioner is Richard T. Hammer, who was appointed in October 2015.[2]


The agency that became NJDOT began as the New Jersey State Highway Department (NJSHD) circa 1920.[3] NJDOT was established in 1966 as the first State transportation agency in the United States.

NJDOT headquarters

In 1979, with the establishment of New Jersey Transit, NJDOT's rail division (which funded and supported State-sponsored passenger rail service) was folded into the new agency.

Until 2003, the NJDOT included the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), which was re-established as the self-operating New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC).

Since the 1990s, NJDOT has been phasing out many of the traffic circles in New Jersey.

Divisions, programs and services

Regions of NJDOT

Public roads

NJDOT operates, develops and maintains the State's public road system, including Interstate, State and Federal highways, with a total of 2,316.69 miles of NJDOT-owned and operated roads (as of July 2015).[4] Most major highways including Interstate, U.S. and NJ State routes within New Jersey are under NJDOT jurisdiction, except toll routes including the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway (under the New Jersey Turnpike Authority) and the Atlantic City Expressway as well as the interstate toll bridges and tunnels.

Freight planning

NJDOT develops interim and long-term plans and strategic policy on freight and shipping in and around the state. These intermodal policies cover trucking, rail, maritime and air freight.

Community programs

Assistance to local communities and grants for transportation-related projects.


Technical planning, design and research for projects.


The NJDOT was also responsible for funding and supporting passenger rail service within New Jersey and to and from nearby points from late 1960s onward, including procuring new modern equipment and rolling stock. The agency purchased EMD GP40Ps for the Central Railroad of New Jersey in 1968, the GE U34CH locomotives and Comet I cars for the Erie Lackawanna (1970) and Arrow I, II & III electric MU cars for the Penn Central in 1968-69, 1974 and 1977-78 respectively. During 1976 NJDOT took control of passenger rail routes operated by the Penn Central, Erie Lackawanna, CNJ and Reading Lines (with Conrail operating services under contract).

In 1979, New Jersey Transit assumed responsibilities for passenger rail in New Jersey.

See also


  1. About NJDOT. New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). Retrieved July 19, 2009
  2. "New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner". New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 4, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Fernwood Service Station" (PDF). NJDOT. Retrieved 30 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "New Jersey Department of Transportation Statewide Mileage" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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