LADOT leads transportation planning, project delivery, and operations in the City of Los Angeles. LADOT is made up of over 1,300 civil servants, including 600 traffic officers. LADOT manages 52 different transportation services for the region -- from parking management to safety improvements to permits for private mobility operators.
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History of Traffic and Transportation in the City of Los Angeles
1920s - City adopts major traffic plan and simplified traffic code to deal with popularization of motor vehicles after World War I
1930 - Ralph T. Dorsey helps form the Bureau of Street Traffic Engineering as unity of the Police Department
1949 - Department of Traffic Engineering created to address post World War II growth
1953 - Change in the city charter creates Department of Traffic
February 25, 1979 - The Los Angeles Department of Transportation is formed by city ordinance
- Gerald W. Skiles (Interim) - March 1977 to February 1979
- Donald R. Howery - February 1979 to December 1987
- S. E. (Ed) Rowe - December 1987 to February 1993
- Thomas K. Conner (Interim) - February 1993 to December 1993
- Robert R. Yates - December 1993 to June 1997
- Thomas K. Conner - June 1997 to June 1998
- Frances T. Banerjee - July 1998 to February 2002
- Rita L. Robinson (Interim) - February 2002 to June 2002
- Wayne K. Tanda - July 2002 to October 2005
- Frances T. Banerjee (Interim) - October 2005 to March 2006
- Gloria J. Jeff - March 2006 to September 2007
- Rita L. Robinson - October 2007 to December 2009
- Amir Sadidi - December 2010 to June 2011
- Jaime de la Vega - June 2011 to November 2013
- Jon Kirk Mukri - December 2013 to August 2014
- Seleta Reynolds - August 2014 to present (as of 2020)
For more detail on LADOT’s history and to view era photographs, please see “Transportation Topics and Tales: Milestones in Transportation History in Southern California,” written by former Assistant General Manager John Fisher.
LADOT is a great place to work! We are a family of over 1,300 employees who love to serve Los Angeles. LADOT offers exciting career paths in traffic control, engineering, planning, administration, construction, electrical work, and more!
Current job and internship opportunities will be posted here.
LADOT has two citizen advisory committees, the Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC) and the Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC). These committees advise the City of Los Angeles on important mobility issues that impact people walking and biking.