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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Still No Second Avenue Subway 100 Years Later

This year marked the 100th Anniversary of promised construction of the Second Avenue Subway. All we have is the first phase with three stations running from 63rd to 96th Street opened in January 2016 at...

When Service For MTA LIRR East Side Access To Grand Central Madison Begins There Will Still Be Outstanding Work To Be Completed

The MTA’s inability to provide a specific date for start of service to Grand Central Madison other than by the end of 2022 is dishonest. There is a specific agreed upon revenue service date in...

Happy 118th Anniversary New York City Subway System

On October 27, 1904, the Interborough Rapid Transit company opened the first subway line in New York City. It traveled nine miles from City Hall uptown on the east side of Manhattan across 42nd Street...

LIRR $2.6 Billion Main Line Third Track Hits And Misses

There is more to the announcement at the Westbury LIRR Station by Governor Kathy Hochul, MTA Chairman Janno Lieber and LIRR President Catherine Renaldi that the $2.6 billion Main Line Third Track has been completed....

Is The MTA Serious About Funding LIRR Port Jefferson Branch Electrification?

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

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...

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