It’s Official: $5 To Cross Delaware River Port Authority Bridges

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — There might be some toll shock for New Jersey residents heading to Philadelphia for Fourth of July festivities and Pennsylvanians returning from the Jersey shore after the long holiday weekend.

Tolls on the Delaware River Port Authority’s four Philadelphia-area bridges jumped a dollar to $5 on Friday.

Tolls are paid only by westbound drivers.

Dray Clark reports…

The port authority also hiked fares by 10 percent Friday on its PATCO train line that connects Camden County with Philadelphia. The highest one-way fare is now $3.

DRPA commissioners attempted to put off the increases but were told by financial analysts that doing so could ruin the agency’s credit rating.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. grumpy says:

    Audit anyone?

  2. Charlie says:

    Say that the BFB itself earns a quarter-million dollars a week in tolls, or about $65 million annually. It can’t possibly take that much to maintain the bridge. But, as others have pointed out, the DRPA is engaged in real estate “investment” and other side dealings, that would explain where the $$$ is going.

  3. Karen says:

    “DRPA commissioners attempted to put off the increases but were told by financial analysts that doing so could ruin the agency’s credit rating.”

    And what did they do to get their credit into such a state? Why do the commuters yet again have to become their piggy banks!

  4. Josh Dipaolo says:

    F-U DRPA! Matthewson, Hanson, the whole DRPA Executive Staff–get rid of the whole bunch for the gross mismanagement of funds!

  5. Bill H says:

    Anywhere there is a large pot of money the politicians are robbing it. I wouldn’t mind if they did something with the money but it always disappears and then there broke. We are talking millions and millions of dollars where does it all go?

  6. Chris Stackhouse says:

    Outrageous. The Port Authority lost a ton of the taxpayer’s money on waterfront devolopment deals that went bad a few years ago. They planned all along to raise the tolls to $5 and did it incrementally to stem the reaction of the angry public. This is government gone wild. They should have never used our money for anything but upkeep on the bridges, rail, and highways. This was graft pure and simple. Private interests looted the public coffers through captured beaurocrats. Hang’em all high from the top of the Ben Franklin.

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