Former traffic commissioner and current traffic engineer/lover of tolls Sam Schwartz is predicting yet another year of terrible gridlock through the city on this Thanksgiving eve. “My crystal ball shows me three to five mile-long backups at the George Washington Bridge in both directions,” he said yesterday. “The Throgs Neck and Verrazano bridges will be hard hit along the Long Island Expressway.” The Grand Central Parkway, Van Wyck Expressway, Belt Parkway, Pulaski Skyway, and New Jersey Turnpike will also experience severe delays, he said, some as long as 60 to 90 minutes.
According to DNAinfo, trains are already starting to get crowded as well. “It’s crazy madness when they call out the track number,” one NJ Transit commuter told the site. “There is a lot of pushing. People are annoyed.”