Sam Schwartz is President and CEO of Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants, a firm that specializes in transportation planning and engineering. In 1980, during the New York City transit strike, he coined the word gridlock and is now known throughout NYC as Gridlock Sam. He pens an eponymous traffic column in The New York Daily News.
Previously Schwartz was New York City's Traffic Commissioner and was the Chief Engineer of the NYC Department of Transportation. He started his transportation career in the late 1960s as a NYC cabbie and joined the Traffic Department as a junior engineer in 1971.
His books Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and The Fall of Cars and No One at the Wheel: Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future lay out a recipe for cities faced with rapid changes in modes, automation, demographic shifts and travelers' preferences. Schwartz lives in New York City and owns a Volvo that can drive without him.