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Penn Station Debacle

Penn Station is the busiest passenger transportation facility in the Western Hemisphere. It’s a disaster. It is a low-ceilinged underground facility with inferior facilities for both passengers and the trains from three lines that use the terminal. Perverse incentive Amtrak, the owner of the station, has a perverse incentive: make life worse for the commuter and be rewarded with more money and more power. Our politicians are unwittingly supporting a continuation of this unhappy situation. Amtrak says it is capable…

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Real Money for Transportation ?>

Real Money for Transportation

“A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money.” Everett Dirksen R-IL (1896 – 1969) May was the month for capital budgets – capital, as in capital punishment.  New York area transportation agencies lined up to spend a bunch of money not of them has. MTA — $27 billion NY Governor Andrew Cuomo approved the five year plan for New York buses and subways. PANYNJ — $28 billion The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey…

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