‘Gridlock Sam’ pushes for Manhattan tolls

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Sam Schwartz’s plan aims to cut down on congestion in the heart of Manhattan. Credit: Metro

Former Traffic Commissioner “Gridlock Sam” Schwartz hasn’t stopped fretting over Manhattan traffic: The cabbie-turned-traffic engineer is scheduled to present his latest plan to fight Manhattan congestion Thursday at Baruch College.

Schwartz’s plan, dubbed the More Equitable Transportation Formula for NY Metro Area, relies heavily on tolling vehicles entering “the central business district” (Manhattan), where mass transit options are plentiful, but also decreases tolls on bridges that do not enter Manhattan, such as the Throgs Neck and Verrazano-Narrows.

The fee to enter and exit the congested epicenter of Manhattan would be $5 with E-ZPass or $7 cash.

There would be a $5 round-trip decrease in tolls on the Verrazano, Triborough, Throgs Neck and Whitestone bridges, and a $2 decrease on the Cross Bay and Marin Parkway bridges, which connect the Rockaways to the mainland.

Schwartz is also proposing an array of infrastructure projects, including three new bike and pedestrian bridges into Manhattan.

The presentation will start at 10 a.m. in the Baruch College Conference Center. RSVPs are requested.

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