Gridlock Sam, Sam Schwartz, at February 26 meeting

If you’re late for the next meeting, Tuesday, February 26th, our speaker, the world’s leading traffic-engineering architect and the true traffic guru, might be able to provide the reason(s). Samuel I. Schwartz, “Gridlock Sam,” will discuss how changes like New York’s unique congestion pricing program and the evolution of autonomous vehicles (the subject of his new book No One at the Wheel: Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future) will impact urban/suburban traffic and your ability to get around.

Tickets for the program are $45 for IMPA members; $55 for non-members. Everything gets underway at noon in the 3 West Club, 3 W. 51st Street, New York. Please RSVP by clicking on this sentence or sending a not to – this is important so we can get an accurate catering count. In addition, coupons are available at the club’s reception desk for discounts on parking at the Central Parking/SP+ garage at 27-49 W. 52nd Street (between 6th and 5th Avenues).

His Wikipedia bio: Samuel I. Schwartz, a.k.a. “Gridlock Sam,” is an American transportation engineer, most notable for popularizing the phrase “gridlock.” Educated at Brooklyn College (BS Physics) and the University of Pennsylvania (MSCE), he originally worked as a New York City cabbie. He served as NYC Traffic Commissioner from 1982 to 1986 and when the traffic department became subsumed by the Department of Transportation held the second-in-command post of First Deputy Commissioner and Chief Engineer from 1986-1990. He started his own firm, Sam Schwartz Consulting, LLC, in 1995. The firm, with a staff of over 100, has offices in seven cities: New York, Newark, Chicago, Los Angeles, Tampa, D.C. and Philadelphia.

Sam designed a trolley system in Aruba engineered the transportation plan for the Barclays Center, and orchestrated construction activities at the World Trade Center site.

He writes columns for the New York Daily News, lower Manhattan’s Downtown Express, The Queens Chronicle and in the Yiddish News Report as Gridlock Shmuel. He answers questions by mail and alerts readers about traffic and transit patterns. He also blogs for PBS and Engineering News-Record.