Motorists & Parking
DOT published traffic advisories weekly, which provide the locations of road construction and street events that will impede the normal flow of traffic. Weekly Traffic Advisory Weekend Traffic Advisory Special Traffic Advisory
As part of its Citywide traffic improvement program, the New York City Department of Transportation has compiled a list of areas where major street construction or street events will impede the normal flow of traffic. Visit the NYC Street Closures Map
New York City Speed Limit
As part of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative, NYC DOT was proud to champion the successful effort to lower New York City’s default speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph.
Thirty miles per hour was and is an inappropriate speed limit for most residential streets. With the leadership and support of the state legislature, the governor and the City Council, the 2014 legislative change was followed by the safest year on New York City streets.
At the time of the legal change, it was understood that the new law covered streets where speed limits were not posted. Many larger streets, including limited access highways or major arterial streets, continued to have posted speed limits of 30 mph and above. At the time of the speed limit change on November 7, 2014, DOT committed to evaluating these locations over the next year – and making appropriate adjustments to posted speed limits. In its evaluation of these corridors, DOT considered crash history and overall geography to determine the appropriate speed limit.
This initial citywide review along with a significant re-signing effort has been completed.
As part of this review, DOT posted over 4,700 new 25 mph speed limit signs – many more than the initial 3,000 estimated. DOT also removed nearly 2,400 30 mph speed limit signs (about 700 remain). At this point, over 5,000 miles of our streets – or 90% by mileage – have speed limits of 25 mph or lower, with about 12%, or over 800 miles, explicitly posted for 25 mph.
The number of NYC streets with posted speed limits of 30 mph, the prior default speed limit, has declined dramatically, from 9% (about 600 miles) of all streets to 3% (about 200 miles). Of those remaining 200 miles, about half (96 miles) are in Queens, and 25% (52 miles) are on Staten Island. We believe that along these corridors, typically within less densely populated areas of the City, motorists who comply with the posted speed limit and other traffic rules can drive safely.
DOT now provides current posted speed limits as a layer in Open Data and for public viewing on the Vision Zero View website.
DOT is always open to public feedback and considers public input on posted speed limits.Download Maps on Posted Speed Limits in NYC Open Data Vision Zero View Download 25 MPH FAQ’s (pdf) Download Information on New York City’s Speed Camera Enforcement (pdf)
Alternate Side Parking
Get the alternate side parking schedule.
Get information about street parking rates.
DOT sells parking cards that can be used to pay at on-street parking meters and in municipal parking facilities. Learn more about NYC Parking Cards
Find information about rules for parking, and search the on-street parking regulations. Learn more about parking regulations
Municipal Parking Garages
DOT operates municipal parking garages and lots in all five boroughs. Find out more about municipal parking facilities
DOT also issues Agency Business Parking Permits to City, State or Federal agencies whose employees need to park while conducting official business. Apply for an Agency Business Parking Permit
DOT issues Annual On-Street Parking Permits to not-for-profits. The permits allow vehicles limited standing and parking privileges in loading zones and at parking meters while carrying out the organization's mission. Apply for an Annual On-Street Parking Permit
DOT publishes a weekly schedule of streets slated for milling or resurfacing. Read the weekly resurfacing schedule
The Daily Pothole
The Daily Pothole blog tracks the daily count of potholes filled and lanes resurfaced and explains roadwork with maps and photographs.
DOT is a national leader in the use of recycled asphalt pavement, which turns yesterday’s pavement into today’s streets. The Agency is currently piloting the use of warm mix asphalt. Learn more about sustainable paving
Trucks and Commercial Vehicles
Trucks and commercial vehicles are essential to New York City, providing goods and services to millions of New Yorkers every day. DOT regulates trucks and commercial vehicles on New York City's streets, including rules on vehicle classification, size and weight restrictions, truck routes and commercial parking. Learn more Download the NYC Truck Route map Learn about DOT's Off-Hour Delivery Program
Current DOT Projects
Learn about projects in neighborhoods around the City to reduce traffic, improve travel time and pedestrian safety.
Safety for Motorists
DOT works to make sure that transportation is safe for everyone on the street. As part of that mission, DOT offers free car seat fittings throughout the city. Learn more about safe driving and car seat fittings.
Ensuring work zone safety is a top DOT priority. Driving safely near work zones saves lives. Learn more about this issue and get tips on driving safely around work zones
Neighborhood Slow Zones
Neighborhood Slow Zones are a community-based program that reduces the speed limit from 30 mph to 20 mph and adds safety measures within a select area in order to change driver behavior. The ultimate goal of the Neighborhood Slow Zone program is to lower the incidence and severity of crashes. Slow Zones also seek to enhance quality of life by reducing cut-through traffic and traffic noise in residential neighborhoods. Learn more about Neighborhood Slow Zones
High-occupancy Vehicle Lanes
New York City has several roadways with lanes for high occupancy vehicle.
Bus Lane Rules and Enforcement
Bus Rapid Transit in New York City includes dedicated bus-only lanes. Vehicles can enter an active bus lane only to quickly pick up or drop off passengers or turn right. Bus lane violations are $115 or more. Learn more about bus lane cameras If you have received a bus lane camera violation, you can view the video footage used to issue the violation
Citywide Congested Corridors Studies
DOT is conducting citywide congested corridor studies. The corridors in the study were chosen based on high traffic volume/congestion, vehicle related emissions/pollutions, pedestrian and other road users' safety.
Taxi Relief Stands
DOT designates the locations of relief stands for taxi and for-hire-vehicle drivers. Taxis and for-hire cars are regulated by the Taxi and Limousine Commission
New York City Highway & Traffic Rules
Read the official City rules on traffic signals, pedestrians, restrictions on turns, speed restrictions, parking, stopping, and standing, rules for buses, taxis and for-hire vehicles, truck routes, rules pertaining to parkways and parks, limitations on vehicle dimensions and weights, and other information.
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