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Delaware River Port Authority

(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 PATCO interior. (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

(DRPA chief engineer Michael Venuto.  Photo by David Madden)

Patco Thinks Delayed Rail Cars Will Be Ready For Field Testing Soon

Patco had hoped to show off the first of its newly refurbished train cars by now, but problems have delayed that.

08/20/2014

(The DRPA board meets in Philadelphia.  Photo by David Madden)

DRPA Postpones Formation of Committee To Handle Its Legal Work

While the timing of this action coincides with an ongoing grand jury probe into past economic development projects at the DRPA, leaders insist it’s just an organizational move.

08/20/2014

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

PATCO Continuing To Replace Tracks Across Ben Franklin Bridge On Friday

Riders should get ready for those long waits at rush hour through about mid-October.

08/20/2014

Eugene DePasquale, a member of the DRPA board.  Photo provided)

DRPA Member Expresses Concern Over Unpublicized Meeting

DRPA board member Eugene DePasquale, the Pennsylvania auditor general, attended the two-hour session by phone. He thinks the lack of public notice was a mistake.

08/08/2014

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Lt. Gov. Cawley Asked To Hold Special Meeting To Discuss Lost DRPA Emails

A Philadelphia union leader is calling on the Delaware River Port Authority to hold an emergency meeting in connection with the apparent loss of e-mails sought in a federal investigation.

07/09/2014

(A newly installed overhead fan circulates air in Patco's 15th Street station.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

Patco Hopes To Win Fans By Installing Fans

The Delaware River Port Authority knows its recent capital projects have customers steaming, so it thought a small fix in the underground Philadelphia stations might cool them off.

07/04/2014

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DRPA Sets Up Short-Term Deal With Donor’s Public Relations Firm

David La Torre, a donor to Pennsylvania lieutenant governor Jim Cawley (who is also DRPA chair), says he’s ready for this new challenge.

07/03/2014

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

DRPA May Bring Back EZ Pass Commuter Discounts

DRPA board vice chair Jeffrey Nash suggests the agency can now afford to restore the discounts after tightening its belt elsewhere.

06/05/2014

(Crews install a safety platform under the Ben Franklin Bridge ahead of construction work.  File photo by John McDevitt)

Shutdown Of PATCO Train Track Across Ben Franklin Bridge Begins Friday!

Riders who have dealt with the headache on Fridays and weekends since February will now have them 24/7, through the end of July.

05/29/2014

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