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By David Madden

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A committee of people who use DRPA bridges and the PATCO high speed line handed the Delaware River Port Authority a list of suggestions this week on issues they’d like to see addressed.

The Citizens Advisory Committee asked that the DRPA give non-union workers a raise which is something they haven’t had for four years. They’d also like to see discounted PATCO fares offered to college students.

Committee Chairman Fred Stuart (Credit: David Madden)

Committee Chairman Fred Stuart (Credit: David Madden)

“We think that it would dramatically increase ridership on PATCO and that it would be a community service that this organization could provide,” Committee Chairman Fred Stuart said.

But money’s tight at the DRPA and reducing fares would be a red flag for bond holders. The agency is working on waiving the $5 fee for college students to pick up a loadable fare card.

Two other ideas, though, are easier to implement.

“We would like to see a comment box prominently displayed on the website so that members of the public could address their concerns,” Stuart said.

The agency will also revamp their website to make proposals easier to find.

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