The King of Traffic is coming to Queens! Sam Schwartz, New York City’s traffic guru, is joining the Queens Chronicle as a bi-monthly contributor, forecasting traffic and answering readers’ questions and concerns. His new column, exclusive to the Queens Chronicle among the borough’s weeklies, will be entitled, “Behind the Wheel with Sam Schwartz, Queens’ Traffic Guru.”
“From safety on Queens Boulevard to the slippery conditions at the Grand Central Parkway and Jackie Robinson Parkway interchange or just plain parking tickets, I’m here to provide my knowledge and expertise to the wonderful folks of Queens,” said Schwartz, who started his professional career in 1971 in Queens at Traffic Department headquarters on Queens Plaza North. His work on the streets began in 1968 as a New York City cab driver.
Schwartz is a former traffic commissioner, first deputy commissioner and chief bridge engineer for the New York City Department of Transportation, with almost 20 years of government experience. In 1995, he founded Sam Schwartz Engineering, a multi-disciplinary consulting firm specializing in traffic and transportation engineering.
Schwartz writes for several publications and often contributes op-eds on various hot-button issues from the MTA bailout to congestion pricing and tolls on the East River bridges.
The traffic guru also lends his time to various causes to help improve New York’s quality of life. One of those is the NYC Bridge Centennial Commission, which he serves as president. The aim of that 501(c)3 nonprofit is to celebrate the centennials of city bridges and promote infrastructure awareness. Last May, Schwartz led the weeklong celebration for the iconic Queensboro Bridge, which featured a parade, fireworks, walking tours, lectures and more.
Beginning in December, we’ll start running Schwartz’s traffic forecast column and addressing reader questions. To submit a question, inquire about a concern or offer your own personal comments, please feel free to write our new expert on the roads at trafficguruSS@qchron.com.