Transportation, Department of

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is responsible for all modes of transportation in the state, including highways, rail, aviation, ferries, public transit and bicycle and pedestrian. NCDOT also includes the Division of Motor Vehicles, the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, State Ports Authority, Global TransPark and Turnpike Authority.


One of the state's largest government agencies, the NC Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining approximately 80,000 miles of roadways and 18,000 bridges and culverts across North Carolina, as well as regulating and implementing programs to support rail, aviation, ferry, public transit and bicycle and pedestrian transportation.

The department also includes the Governor's Highway Safety Program, NC Division of Motor Vehicles and NC Turnpike Authority, as well as NC State Ports Authority and NC Global TransPark – both of which help expand economic opportunities in the state.

A performance-based organization with a strategic, data-driven decision-making process that is transparent and accountable, the department's mission is connecting people, products and places safely and efficiently with customer focus, accountability and environmentally sensitivity to enhance the economy and vitality of North Carolina.

The secretary of transportation, a member of the governor's cabinet, leads the department, and a 19-member board, appointed by the governor, serves as the department's governing body and assists in making decisions and approving allocation of funds.

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