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Traffic Expert: ‘Be Calm’ When Returning From Thanksgiving Travels

Everyone Comes Back At Once On Sunday, 'Gridlock Sam' Reminds
Brake lights illuminated as traffic backs up at a toll plaza. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Brake lights illuminated as traffic backs up at a toll plaza. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — After the mass-exodus of Tri-State Area residents for the Thanksgiving holiday, a traffic expert had a warning about the influx of return residents.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, the Thanksgiving getaway may be staggered over a period of three days. But everyone comes back at once on Sunday.

Sam Schwartz, the traffic guru known as “Gridlock Sam,” had some advice for drivers.

“Please be calm in your cars,” he said.

Schwartz said the roads in and out of Manhattan in particular will be jammed Sunday afternoon with lots of people to arrive by the evening. He advised motorists to plan their trips accordingly.

“The earlier the better, or the later the better,” he said.

Schwartz advised that crossings with tolls such as the Midtown Tunnel will likely be faster than free bridges. As it happens, the Sunday rush came the very same day as a toll hike went into effect for Port Authority of New York and New Jersey bridges and tunnels between New Jersey and New York City.

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