Transportation, Department of

The N.C. Department of Transportation 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, North Carolina Ports Authority, North Carolina Global TransPark and N.C. Turnpike Authority.


One of the state's largest government agencies, the N.C. Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining approximately 80,000 miles of roadways and 13,000 bridges and culverts in North Carolina. The agency also regulates and implements programs that support rail, aviation, ferry, public transit and bicycle and pedestrian transportation.

The department also includes the Governor's Highway Safety Program, N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles, N.C. Turnpike Authority, North Carolina Ports Authority and North Carolina Global TransPark.

The department’s mission is connecting people, products and places safely and efficiently with customer focus, accountability and environmental sensitivity to enhance the economy and vitality of North Carolina.

NCDOT is a performance-based organization with a strategic, data-driven decision-making process that is transparent and accountable.

The secretary of transportation, a member of the governor's cabinet, leads the department and the 19-member state Board of Transportation. Members of the Board of Transportation are appointed by the governor, serve as the department's governing body and assist in making decisions and approving allocation of funds.

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