The New Jersey Department of Transportation
) is the agency responsible for transportation issues and policy in New Jersey
New Jersey is a state in the Northeastern and Middle Atlantic regions of the United States. , its population was 8,791,894. It is bordered on the north and east by the state of New York, on the southeast and south by the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by Pennsylvania and on the southwest by Delaware...
. It is headed by the Commissioner of Transportation
. The present Commissioner is James Simpson
James S. Simpson is commissioner of New Jersey's Department of Transportationand a former federal government official and moving company executive....
, who was appointed in March 2010.
NJDOT headquarters located at 1035 Parkway Avenue, Ewing, NJ.
As of 2007, 3,842 employees are under NJDOT.
NJDOT was established in 1966 as the first State transportation agency in the United States. It has been responsible for 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.
In 1979, with the establishment of New Jersey Transit
The New Jersey Transit Corporation is a statewide public transportation system serving the United States state of New Jersey, and New York, Orange, and Rockland counties in New York State...
, 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
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission is the governmental agency responsible for titling, registering and inspecting automobiles and licensing drivers in the U.S. state of New Jersey....
Since the 1990s, NJDOT has been phasing out many of the traffic circles in New Jersey
NJDOT operates, develops and maintains the State's public road system, including Interstate, State and Federal highways, with a total of 2,324.01 miles (3,740.13 km) of State-owned and operated roads. Most major highways within New Jersey are under NJDOT jurisdiction, except toll routes including the New Jersey Turnpike
The New Jersey Turnpike is a toll road in New Jersey, maintained by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. According to the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, the Turnpike is the nation's sixth-busiest toll road and is among one of the most heavily traveled highways in the United...
, Garden State Parkway
The Garden State Parkway is a 172.4-mile limited-access toll parkway that stretches the length of New Jersey from the New York line at Montvale, New Jersey, to Cape May at New Jersey's southernmost tip. Its name refers to New Jersey's nickname, the "Garden State." Most New Jersey residents refer...
(under the New Jersey Turnpike Authority) and the Atlantic City Expressway
The Atlantic City Expressway is a , controlled-access toll road in New Jersey, managed and operated by the South Jersey Transportation Authority...
as well as the interstate toll bridges and tunnels.
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.
Assistance to local communities and grants for transportation-related 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
The Central Railroad of New Jersey , commonly known as the Jersey Central Lines or CNJ, was a Class I railroad with origins in the 1830s, lasting until 1976 when it was absorbed into Conrail with the other bankrupt railroads of the Northeastern United States...
in 1968, the GE U34CH
The U34CH is a 3600hp passenger diesel locomotive built by General Electric between 1970-73. In total, 33 U34CH units were built; 32 were built for the New Jersey Department of Transportation and operated by the Erie Lackawanna Railway, with the last unit coming as a later rebuild of a GE U30C for...
locomotives and Comet I cars for the Erie Lackawanna (1970) and Arrow electric MU cars for the Penn Central in 1968-69.
In 1979 NJ Transit assumed responsibilities for passenger rail in New Jersey.