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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Column: Why The Sunnyside Yards Queens LIRR Station May Not Open Until 2030

The NYC Economic Development Corporation’s release of a master plan for their own proposed Sunnyside Yard project continues to leave a major unresolved issue. How would this project work, without significant transportation improvements?  Both Amtrak and...

The Coronavirus And Public Transportation Safety

Everyone has known for decades that the subway, bus, commuter rail and ferries are a Petri dish for catching a cold, the flu or other communicable diseases. The rise of a growing homeless population, who...

Will The Second Time Be A Charm For The City Of Glen Cove Ferry?

Despite the City of Glen Cove awarding a contract to Hornblower Metro Ferry LLC., there are still many unresolved questions. In late January, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the opportunity to apply for approximately $30...

Critical Issues Going Forward For Elmont Station

There are still many questions regarding the MTA contract award to Judlau Construction Inc. for $65,077,339 to construct the Elmont Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) station. Total cost is suppose to be $105 million. What is...

Where’s The Progress? Little Movement On Proposed Nassau Hub In 15 Years

This year is the 15th anniversary of the ongoing proposed Nassau Hub planning effort and study. Under several grants worth $10 million, most of these funds from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) have been spent...

Expanding Penn Station Requires More Than New Platforms And Tracks

By Larry Penner Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to increase Penn Station’s capacity by 40%t with construction of the new Penn Station South Station, including four new platforms and eight new tracks requires far more to be...

Nassau Inter-County Express Bus Celebrates Anniversary

By Larry Penner January 1, 2020 marked the eighth anniversary for Nassau Inter-County Express Bus. Thousands of Nassau County residents ride NICE Bus to jobs, schools and other destinations in Queens.  Many transfer to the NYC...

The Real Co$ts Of LIRR East Side Access To Grand Central Terminal

No one at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) or any elected official, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, ever wants to talk about the real costs...

Is The MTA 2020-24 Capital Program Realistic?

By Larry Penner How real is the MTA funding plan to support the $51 billion 2020-24 capital plan recently passed by the MTA Board? It is dependent upon taxes and fees including real estate transfer and...

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