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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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...

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...

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My Father’s Place: Part II

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