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The Benjamin Franklin Bridge, which carries PATCO trains over the Delaware River.  (Credit: Syma Chowdhry)

New DRPA Chairman Is Bit Of A Break With Tradition

The Delaware River Port Authority has a new chairman, and while tradition keeps that position in Pennsylvania’s control, the man with the gavel is not a gubernatorial appointee, at least for now.

01/24/2015

PATCO shows off the first of its new refurbished rail cars. (File photo by Mike DeNardo/KYW)

Refurbished PATCO Cars On High Speed Line Expected To Debut In February

In time, all 120 cars in the fleet will get that new look and feel, at a cost of $194 million, which is far less than what it would have cost to get new ones.

01/07/2015

file photo (credit: Matt Leon)

PATCO Takes New Look At Reopening Long-Shuttered Franklin Square Station

With a revitalized Franklin Square now popular, the Delaware River Port Authority is taking a look at putting the PATCO station there back into service.

12/12/2014

(The DRPA board -- William Sasso, CEO John Hanson, chair Jim Cawley, and Jeffrey Nash -- meet on December 10, 2014 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

DRPA Commissioner Defends Payments To His Law Firm

The legal work was reportedly to represent two commissioners in a federal grand jury investigation into politically connected economic development spending by the DRPA.

12/10/2014

Commodore Barry Bridge (credit: Oren Liebermann)

$100M Project Aimed At Preserving Commodore Barry Bridge Could Begin As Early As Next Year

The Commodore Barry Bridge is in line for a major makeover beginning next year if the Delaware River Port Authority approves a contract this week that would begin the five-year project.

12/07/2014

(PATCO File Photo)

Fewer Delays Expected As Phase Two Of PATCO Rehab Project Begins

The next phase of the PATCO rail reconstruction project is now underway and should not cause as many delays for riders.

12/05/2014

(The new interior of refurbished Patco rail cars. Credit: Patco)

Patco Still Struggling To Get Refurbished Rail Cars Running Correctly

It’s an issue that has delayed the entire $194-million project to overhaul the 120-car fleet.

11/18/2014

(The new interior of refurbished Patco rail cars. Credit: Patco)

Patco’s New Rail Cars Delayed Again; Persistent Software Bugs Blamed

The transit agency had hoped the eight renovated cars would be ready before spring of this year. That was pushed back to summer, then to last month.

10/02/2014

(DRPA inspector general Tom Raftery, in 2012  file photo by David Madden.)

Del. River Port Authority’s Internal Watchdog Resigning His Post

Thomas Raftery was hired two years ago by the DRPA as part of the bistate agency’s much-ballyhooed reform efforts. His task was to root out corruption and inefficiencies in the agency.

09/23/2014

(The Walt Whitman Bridge.  Photo provided by DRPA)

DRPA Set To Make Additional Repairs To Walt Whitman Bridge

A June inspection found damage to several gusset plates — the steel sheets that connect trusses.

09/18/2014

PA Republican Senator John Rafferty (Top row, right) chairs the State Senate Transportation Committee.  (Credit: Tony Romeo)

Pa. Senate Panel Advances DRPA Reform Legislation

The State Senate Transportation Committee has given its approval to legislation to enact a series of DRPA reforms, including a provision that would prevent the agency from engaging in economic development activity.

09/17/2014

(The DRPA operates the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, pictured, plus the Betsy Ross, Walt Whitman, and Commodore Barry bridges.  File photo) (credit: CBS)

Study Could Clear Way For Restoration Of Discounts On Delaware River Bridge Tolls

A Delaware River Port Authority committee has green-lighted a traffic study that could lead to toll discounts for Delaware River Bridge commuters.

09/13/2014

(The new interior of refurbished Patco rail cars. Credit: Patco)

PATCO Unhappy Refurbished Trains Still In Test Mode

PATCO is getting a little impatient with the contractor hired to replace the engines and interiors of its 120 car fleet.

09/04/2014

(Signs and traffic cones demark the closed westbound lanes of the Ben Franklin Bridge.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Traffic Bottlenecks Will Persist on Ben Franklin Bridge Into Late October

If you think those maddening lane closures on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge will be gone when everyone returns to work after Labor Day, think again.

08/29/2014

A current PATCO rail car. (credit: Mike DeNardo/KYW)

PATCO Station Closed For 35 Years May Come Alive Again

A long closed station along the PATCO high speed line in Center City could come alive again. But the idea of reopening the Franklin Square stop has been considered, and rejected before.

08/23/2014

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