By Rudi Sherbansky, PE, F.NSPE
Former NYC DOT Traffic Commissioner, Sam Schwartz P.E. will provide a virtual presentation on the topic of present and future Covid-19 impact on transportation, equity implications, virus transmission and best practices for the transportation industry going forward (1 PDH). The presentation will be held on Wednesday December 8th and about 5:30 PM. To obtain more information and/or to RSVP to the event, follow the following link:https://nysspe-nyc.org/events/december-virtual-event/
COVID-19 is affecting several Industries throughout the State. On December 8th, Sam Schwartz PE, will give a presentation on how COVID-19 is affecting the Transportation Industry. The presentation is called “Covid-19 and Transportation” and will discuss the following: a look at impacts, equity implications, virus transmission and transit, best practices, and looking forward. Join us for the virtual presentation and get 1 PDH (Flyer is coming soon). Link to access to the virtual presentation will be emailed to attendees following registration. During its peak, the impact of Covid 19 was drastic and dramatic on transportation in New York City. Overall subway use dropped by about 92%, bus ridership dropped 87%, Commuter rail fell 93% – 97%, Staten Island Ferry down 90%, walking down 84%, Air travel fell 98%, traffic volumes dropped 50% – 80% and Citi Bike ridership down 62%. Ridership is gradually recovering, though unevenly.
Mr. Schwartz is currently CEO and Founder of Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants, a firm that specializes in transportation planning and engineering. In addition to his 1982 to 1986 post as Traffic Commissioner at the New York City Department of Transportation, he has served as an adjunct professor of engineering at Cooper Union, Long Island University, and Brooklyn College. Mr. Schwartz is also the Inaugural Ted Kheel Fellow at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute. Among the many roles he has held throughout his career, he is the acclaimed author of 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 (2018). He also pens the “Gridlock Sam” and “Transit Sam” columns in the New York Daily News and Downtown Express.
Mr. Schwartz serves on the board of the Regional Plan Association, the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. His accomplishments over the course of his career have been recognized with a wide array of awards, including, most recently, Transportation Alternatives’ David Gurin Award, Riders Alliance Honoree, the NYC Zoning Advisory Council Honor Award, and the AAA Traffic Safety Award.
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