New York Experiments with a ‘Holy Grail’ to End Gridlock

Politico (USA) | May 23, 2019 at 9:42 AM
  • Sam Schwartz knew that New York’s crippling traffic jams were bad for the city long before he coined the term that would become synonymous with urban automotive nightmare.
  • As a young New York City traffic engineer in the 1970s, Schwartz worked on never-implemented plans to close midtown Manhattan to cars at midday and charge tolls on 14 bridges that connect Manhattan to Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.
  • Economist Charles Komanoff estimates that the governor’s NYC congestion pricing plan will save drivers and bus passengers 140,000 hours a day on average, or 50 million hours a year.