Date:  Sep 30, 2008

Press Release Number:  104


The Port Authority has hired a renowned traffic expert to coordinate the orderly flow of traffic and pedestrians around the World Trade Center site as the rebuilding process ramps up. He will reside in the Port Authority’s newly created WTC Program Logistics Office.

Sam Schwartz, president and CEO of Sam Schwartz Engineering, was retained by the agency to provide guidance on how to best manage the flow of thousands of trucks, cars and pedestrians that will travel around the area during the site’s rebuilding, including the orderly flow of people to and from the subways and PATH station. He also will help the Port Authority’s new WTC Program Logistics Office managing site logistics between the many projects on the World Trade Center site, including One World Trade Center, the Freedom Tower; the National September 11 Memorial & Museum; the World Trade Center Transportation Hub; the Vehicle Security Center; and three major office towers.

Importantly, Mr. Schwartz will play a critical role in coordinating traffic and pedestrian issues with community and business representatives of Lower Manhattan, as the Port Authority increases its outreach efforts.

Mr. Schwartz founded his consulting firm in 1995, which specializes in transportation and traffic engineering. It develops solutions and plans to complex regional and national transportation issues.

Before founding the firm, Mr. Schwartz served as Chief Engineer/First Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Department of Transportation, and also served as New York City’s Traffic Commissioner. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Brooklyn College and a master’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Schwartz is perhaps best known as the author of “Gridlock Sam,” a New York Daily News column that addresses traffic matters in New York City.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; the Port Authority-Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.