Delaware River Port Authority
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.
The next phase of the PATCO rail reconstruction project is now underway and should not cause as many delays for riders.
It’s an issue that has delayed the entire $194-million project to overhaul the 120-car fleet.
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.
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.
A June inspection found damage to several gusset plates — the steel sheets that connect trusses.
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.
A Delaware River Port Authority committee has green-lighted a traffic study that could lead to toll discounts for Delaware River Bridge commuters.
PATCO is getting a little impatient with the contractor hired to replace the engines and interiors of its 120 car fleet.
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.
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.
Patco had hoped to show off the first of its newly refurbished train cars by now, but problems have delayed that.
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.
Riders should get ready for those long waits at rush hour through about mid-October.
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.