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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?

The department administers three major programs.

What is Florida's transportation system?

Florida's transportation system consists of 122,736 centerline miles of public roads, 2,743 railway miles, 20 commercial airports, 31 urban and18 rural transit systems, and 15 seaports.

What are the major components of the state highway system?

The State Highway System consists of 12,106 centerline miles of road and over 12,000 bridges, 6,858 of which are maintained by FDOT. The Strategic Intermodal System, composed of transportation corridors and facilities of statewide and interregional significance, consists of 4,688 centerline miles of road.

How are these activities funded?

Updates

Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance. The Legislature enacted Chapter 2019-43, Laws of Florida, which created this program within the department. The purpose of the program is to revitalize rural communities, encourage job creation, and provide regional connectivity by building three new toll roads: the Southwest-Central Florida Connector (Collier County to Polk County), the Suncoast Connector (Citrus County to Jefferson County), and the Northern Turnpike Connector (northern terminus of the Florida Turnpike northwest to the Suncoast Parkway).  Construction is planned from December 31, 2022, to December 31, 2030.

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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