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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DiNapoli’s Annual MTA Audit Told Us Nothing New

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s latest audit, “Financial Outlook for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority,” overlooked past history regarding how the MTA ended up in this most recent fiscal crises. Both City Hall and Albany consistently decreased...

Earth Day And Transit Make For Perfect Partners All Year

Let us celebrate Earth Day, April 22 all year long. Besides recycling newspapers, magazines, glass, plastics, old medicines, paints and cleaning materials, there are other actions you can take which will also contribute to a...

Why It Is Illegal To Increase Federal Funding For The $11.2 Billion NY MTA LIRR East Side Access

Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s proposal to provide the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) with more funding to pay for the $11.2 billion Long Island Rail Road Eastside Access to Grand Central Terminal project...

How The MTA Spends Federal Transit Administration Funding

Transit agencies across the nation continue to lobby for a second round of $12 billion in CARE COVID-19 funding. Hopes are growing that under President Joe Biden’s administration, there will be future action on this...

Future Electrification Of The LIRR Port Jefferson Branch Is Decades Away

If the MTA, on behalf of the LIRR, will not progress a planning study to look into the feasibility of extending electrification from Huntington to Port Jefferson, this project may never be completed in our...

New York City Transit Broken Subway Car Windows And Threatened Reduction In Service

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the New York City Transit Authority are threatening to provide less service on the Queens Flushing No. 7 subway line instead of more due to a shortage of...

Happy 56th Birthday To Public Transportation On Long Island

On July 9, 1964, the "Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964" was signed into law.

MTA Freeze On Capital Spending Should Exempt Federal Transit Admin Funding

MTA Management must stop crying and step up to the plate. 

Has The MTA Cancelled The Reopening Of The Elmhurst LIRR Station?

In January 1985, the Elmhurst station on the Long Island Rail Road Port Washington Branch closed. Ridership had dwindled to less than 100 per day. It was decided at the time, probably based on a...

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