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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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...

An Update On The Gateway Tunnel Project

Gateway Development Corporation claim that they have found a $1.4 billion reduction in project cost estimates.

Column: Does The MTA Need Another Washington Bailout?

Washington has already accumulated $23 trillion in long term debt.

Column: East River Tunnel Repair Delays Are Bad News For LIRR Riders

Amtraks plans to delay the decades overdue major repairs to the four East River tunnels until after the LIRR begins service into Grand Central Terminal in December 2022 is bad news for both riders and taxpayers.

Other Options To The MTA’s Request For Second COVID-19 Funding Bailout

There are other solutions to for the MTA asking for additional $3.9 billion from Washington.



Accessories To Keep Your Furry Friends Warm This Winter

Winter has returned—the temperature has dropped and it’s time to dig our winter coats out of the back of the closet and remember where...

Midnight Oil Comes Back Full Circle

Fifteen years can be an eternity in the music industry. It’s that amount of time that’s elapsed since Midnight Oil called it quits in...

Tribute To The Moody Blues

The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center presents: “Tuesday Afternoon, A Tribute to the Moody Blues,” Friday, Aug. 8th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on...

The Longest Day of the Year

It’s a shame, a day with up to 16 hours of continuous sunlight only happens once a year. The summer solstice will occur this...

Birds Breakfast En Masse

There are mornings when seemingly every bird on the beach is trying to feed. It looks like structured chaos everywhere as I walk from...