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Larry Penner

Why the Brooklyn/Queens street car connector isn’t progressing

A recent presentation of a mock-up for the Brooklyn Queens Connector Street Car without $2.8 billion in real money to pay for it continues to be a dream versus reality. The project also missed initiation of a formal public review process which was supposed to start by December 2017. Perhaps this is...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 5:03am

NYC transportation projects compete against each other for funding

Both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have competing wish lists for capital transportation improvement projects that even Santa Claus couldn't deliver. NYC already faces competition within the metro New York area for potentially $80 billion plus needed to fund major capital...

Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 5:01am

Is Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Utica Avenue Brooklyn subway extension dead?

Here is why The Regional Plan Association release of their fourth annual master plan which included calling for construction of the Utica Avenue subway will never leave the station. At the request of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the MTA allocated $5 million in funding under the $32 billion...

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 5:00am

Govs. Christie and Cuomo still shortchange Gateway Tunnel

The numbers just don’t add up in the recent announcement by lame duck Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey and 2020 Presidential wanna be Andrew Cuomo of New York concerning their respective funding commitments for the Hudson River Gateway Tunnel project. Cuomo promised $1.75 billion,...

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 5:00am

Why MTA fare hikes make sense

Any public official, MTA board member, MTA management or transit advocate who opposes future planned 4 percent fare hikes in 2019 & 2021 misses the reason why they are needed. Over the past 53 years since the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964, over $120 billion dollars in combined city,...

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 5:00am

Why the Triboro X rail may never leave the station

In 2012, Manhattan Borough president and future 2013 Democratic Party primary NYC Comptroller candidate Scott Stringer called for the construction of a new Triboro X subway line. This would connect Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx. It made a great sound bite at the time and got...

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 5:03am

The problems with MTA fare payment system and new technology projects

Last year, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority issued a Request for Proposals for a new Fare Payment System. Funding of $419 million to support this project was included in the $32 billion MTA 2015 - 2019 Five Year Capital Plan. This new fare collection system could be made through either...

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 5:07am

Extend the Second Avenue Subway to the Rockaways?

Queens NYC Council member Eric Ulrich's idea of extending the Second Avenue subway via the Atlantic Brooklyn Long Island Rail Road branch connecting with the abandoned Queens LIRR Rockaway Beach line, on to the Rockaways is unrealistic. This idea has been studied before along with different...

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 10:38am

East River Tunnel repair delays impact new Penn Station services

Proposals by Amtrak to delay the overdue major repairs to the four East Rive tunnels until after the LIRR begins service into Grand Central Terminal in December 2023 is bad news for both riders and taxpayers. Remember only one of four East River Tunnels can be worked on at a time. It will take...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 5:00am

Cuomo’s ‘Fix NYC’ MTA transit advisory board is nothing new

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's recent announcement for his creation of the "Fix NYC” MTA Transit Advisory Board is reminiscent of his previous creation of a Transportation Reinvestment Commission in 2014 to develop a 100-year blue print to plan for the future of public transportation....

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 5:03am

Amtrak delays for East River Tunnel repairs make no sense

Proposals by Amtrak 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 2023 is bad news for both riders and taxpayers. Delaying the start of work by six years from 2019 to 2025 will increase...

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 5:03am

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the MTA

The current disagreement between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio over who controls and is responsible for recent Metropolitan Transportation Authority problems is nothing new. This ongoing feud over numerous issues between Cuomo and de Blasio is now into the fourth year. It...

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 5:02am

Missed opportunity for a new Port Authority bus terminal

Recent news that the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has yet another plan for rebuilding the existing 42nd Street Bus Terminal is disappointing. The approved Port Authority 2017 - 2026 ten-year $32 billion Capital Plan provided only $3.5 billion toward construction of the new $10...

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 5:03am

Your transportation dollars could have been better spent in downtown Manhattan

Sixteen years after 9/11, the Cortland Street World Trade Center subway station is still two years away from returning to service. Recent news of slower than anticipated progress based upon the contractors’ current project construction recovery schedule could result in...

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 5:03am

A photo op will not find $29 billion for the Gateway Tunnel Project

The recent meeting between President Trump, Governors Chris Christie of New Jersey, Andrew Cuomo of New York along with Senators Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand and Corey Booker to discuss the $29 billion Gateway Tunnel project was a great photo op but little else. The Gateway Tunnel would...

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 5:02am

The missing Hudson Yards 7-train intermediate subway station

There is more to the second anniversary for Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit starting service on the No. 7 subway line to the new 34th Street–11th Ave Hudson Yards station in September 2015 that few remember. The original cost of the overall project...

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 5:02am

A one-seat ride to Kennedy Airport?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his 2017 State of the State speech joined former MTA Chairman Tom Pendergast and the Regional Plan Association in calling for a one seat ride on public transportation for those traveling to and from Kennedy Airport. This idea is nothing new and has been periodically...

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 5:03am

Extending the 7 train to Secaucus

Thirty-one years ago, in March 1986, the Regional Planning Association released "The Future of Transit in the New York Region" study. This included $12 billion worth of capital transportation improvements. One recommendation from this study called for extending the NYC...

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 5:00am

School is open but Walmart is not

NYC schools are now open, but once again out of work, single income, poor, working and middle class parents looking for reasonable priced clothing and educational supplies had to pay more. This is thanks to elected officials who believe they know what is best for you. ...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 5:00am

Unresolved issues with LaGuardia Air Train

Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to be overly optimistic concerning building a train-to-the-plane for LaGuardia Airport. New York state only awarded a $14.6 million contract to Parsons Brinckenhoff for design and engineering several months ago. This action is just the first chapter of what will be...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 5:03am