Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability
Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability

Department of Transportation

What is the purpose of the department?

The Department of Transportation is responsible for providing a safe statewide transportation system that ensures the mobility of people and goods, enhances economic prosperity, and preserves the quality of the environment and communities.

How does the department operate?

The Department of Transportation is a decentralized agency. The department's headquarters in Tallahassee is responsible for developing policies and procedures and providing quality assurance, while its seven district offices and Florida's Turnpike Enterprise are responsible for building and maintaining roads and bridges. District offices are located in Broward, Columbia, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Orange, Polk, Volusia, and Washington counties.

The Transportation Technology Office oversees the alignment of Information and Operational Technologies for the Florida Department of Transportation. This area is also responsible for the strategy and operations of the department's technology environment in direct support of the agencies mission.

The Florida Transportation Commission provides the department policy guidance on issues of statewide importance and helps maintain public accountability through its annual Performance and Production Review of the Florida Department of Transportation.

The Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged ensures the availability of efficient, cost-effective, and quality transportation services for transportation disadvantaged persons.

What are the department's programs?

What is Florida's transportation system?

Florida's transportation system consists of 123,104 centerline miles of public roads, 2,746 railway miles, 20 commercial airports, 31 urban and 19 rural transit systems, and 15 seaports.

What are the major components of the state highway system?

The State Highway System consists of 12,130 centerline miles of road and 7,007 bridges maintained by FDOT. The Strategic Intermodal System, composed of transportation corridors and facilities of statewide and interregional significance, consists of 4,344 centerline miles of road.

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2021-22
Fund Dollars Positions
TRANSPORTATION, DEPARTMENT OF
FLORIDA'S TURNPIKE SYSTEMS
FLORIDA'S TURNPIKE ENTERPRISE
1,367,165,599
372.00
TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT
FLORIDA RAIL ENTERPRISE
233,147,469
1.00
PROGRAM: TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT
2,930,124,872
1,748.00
TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS OPERATIONS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTION AND SUPPORT SERVICES
96,562,217
742.00
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
56,130,915
197.00
PROGRAM: HIGHWAY OPERATIONS
5,598,202,073
3,115.00
TOTAL
10,281,333,145
6,175.00

Updates

Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) Repealed.  The 2021 Florida Legislature enacted Chapter 2021-161, Laws of Florida, that repeals M-CORES and instead creates programs related to arterial highway projects including

  • retrofitting existing roadways with grade separations (bridges) that provide alternatives to a signalized intersection for through traffic;
  • including in the work program projects to increase capacity on rural arterial highways by widening these roads from two to four lanes;
  • construction of controlled access facilities along U.S. Highway 19 necessary to achieve the free flow of traffic from the north end of the Suncoast Parkway to I-10 in Madison County.  The project is to be part of the DOT work program and developed by December 31, 2035. This is similar to the Suncoast Connector that was in the original M-CORES, but the completion date is five years later; and
  • a Preliminary Design and Engineering study to extend the Florida Turnpike from its northern terminus in Wildwood to a logical and appropriate terminus determined by DOT must be completed by December 31, 2022.  This road is similar to the Northern Turnpike Connector that was in the original M-CORES.

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports
The Auditor General reports on department operations are available on its website.
The Department of Transportation's Office of the Inspector General reports are available on its website.
The Florida Transportation Commission reports on department operations and performance are available on its publications website.

Websites of Interest
Florida Transportation Commission
U.S. Department of Transportation
U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration
American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials

Performance Information
Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Sections 20.23 and 334.044, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Office of the Secretary, 850-414-4100

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