Brooklyn Queens Expressway ASCE Met Section member Sam (Gridlock Sam) Schwartz has proposed "freedom fees" as a way to support world class transportation systems through the United States. Freedom fees are funding methods that could be used to maintain and upgrade our transportation infrastructure. Such methods include more expansive road tolling, an increase in the gas tax, congestion pricing and so forth. For more information and to support freedom fees, visit

Samuel I. Schwartz, P.E. is a former New York City Traffic Commissioner and currently serves as the CEO of Sam Schwartz Engineering. He is the author of the Gridlock Sam column in the New York Daily News and also contributes to The No. 13 Line blog about transportation in New York and around the world on Thirteen/WNET's Blueprint America website.