Larry Penner

Larry Penner is a transportation historian, advocate and writer who previously worked 31 years for the Federal Transit Administration Region 2 NY Office. This included the development, review, approval and oversight for grants supporting billions in capital projects and programs on behalf of the MTA, LIRR, Metro North, NYC Transit, NYC DOT, New Jersey Transit, NICE bus and 30 other NY and NJ transit operators. The opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the publisher or Anton Media Group.

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MTA 2025-44 20-Year Capital Plan System Expansion And Enhancement

The MTA announced that the next 20-Year Capital Needs Plan Assessment (2025-44) will be completed by Oct. 1, 2023. They said “Engaging with the public and understanding the needs of our riders is critical to...

Happy 58th Birthday For Federal Funding Of Long Island Public Transportation

Last month marked the 58th Anniversary of federal government support for public transportation. The success of public transportation can be traced back to one of the late President Lyndon Johnson’s greatest accomplishments which continues benefiting...

Hochul’s Dilemmas On MTA Congestion Pricing, Fare Increases And Deficits

Governor Kathy Hochul recently said “The M.T.A. is the lifeblood. We will be focusing on ways to generate revenues with congestion pricing. That is back on track after a few hiccups with the federal government....

Governor Hochul & Murphy’s $7 Billion Dollar Penn Station Redevelopment Boondoogle Does Nothing For Riders At Platform Level Waiting For A Train

The renovation of Penn Station, estimated to cost around $7 billion, may include consolidating the concourse waiting area into one level, constructing more escalators, stairwells, elevators and entrances and connecting Penn and Herald Square with...

How Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman Can Deliver Transportation Improvement Projects And Programs

Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman’s voting member on the MTA Board is David Mack. Any changes to the MTA $51 billion 2020-24 Five Year Capital Plan have to be reviewed and approved by the State...

Hochul & MTA Need To Have $kin In the Game When It Comes To The Interborough Express

On Jan. 5, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul announced her support for the multi-billion dollar Interborough Express. It would provide a new commuter rail, subway or bus rapid transit connection between Brooklyn and Queens. It would...

New York City Transit Riders Deserve Access To Clean Safe Bathrooms

MTA Acting Chairman Janno Lieber’s statement at his New York State Senate confirmation hearing prior to being officially confirmed as permanent MTA Chairman was, “We are a transportation agency, reopening subway station restrooms is not...

Governor Hochul’s Hocus Pocus On $11.2 Billion LIRR East Side Access

Governor Hochul’s ride on a Long Island Rail Road test train to the future $11.2 billion East Side Access to Grand Central Station made for a great photo op. Being new to her job, she...

Time To Secure Our New York City Transit Subway System From Flooding

Super Storm Sandy in 2012 resulted in extensive flooding damage to the New York City (NYC) Transit subway system. In the aftermath, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provided billions in discretionary funding under the Super...

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