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

DRPA Says It Won’t Use Temporary Revenues To Fund EZ Pass Commuter Discounts

“If you want to do a programmatic discount, you would need programmatic revenue,” says a DRPA spokesman, “and nobody has suggested where that programmatic revenue would come from.”


Commodore Barry Bridge (credit: Oren Liebermann)

Storm Causes Transportation Issues Throughout Delaware Valley

The late season winter storm and the strong winds that are accompanying it are impacting travel on area bridges.


(The Walt Whitman Bridge, operated by the Delaware River Port Authority.)

DRPA Says Despite Reports, Bridge Tolls Aren’t Going Down

The Delaware River Port Authority says suggestions that tolls might be lowered on some of its bridges just isn’t in the cards.


Tombstones in the Delaware River near Frankford Creek that came from Monument Cemetery. (Credit: Tom Keels)

Old Headstones From 19th Century Cemetery Used To Prevent Erosion

They may conjure up ghastly images, 19th century graveyard headstones near the Betsy Ross Bridge, but a historian says they found their way to the river’s edge in the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia.


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DRPA Bridge And PATCO Users Offer Suggestions

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.


Ben Franklin Bridge File Photo

Plan In Place To Make Ben Franklin Bridge Walkway More User-Friendly

There’s been a lot of talk about a new ramp for pedestrians and bicyclists to access the Ben Franklin Bridge and now theDRPA is designing one.



DRPA Implements Policy Changes Designed To Reform The Agency

The board of the Delaware River Port Authority has begun to make permanent many of the policy changes adopted by the agency recently in the name of reform.


(File photo: a 2011 DRPA board meeting.  Credit: David Madden)

DRPA Begins Codifying Long List of Agency Reforms

The board of the Delaware River Port Authority has begun to make permanent many of the policy changes adopted by the agency recently.


DRPA inspector general Tom Raftery.  Credit: David Madden)

DRPA Board Wrangling Over Pay Raise For Its Inspector General

Tom Raftery has now been given the duties and responsibilities of a “senior” manager, but some commissioners are balking over moves to adjust his salary from $130,000 to $165,000.


(The Walt Whitman Bridge, operated by the Delaware River Port Authority.)

Economy Seen Driving Drivers Away From DRPA Bridges

Traffic on the bridges operated by the Delaware River Port Authority is down significantly, while those operated by the Burlington County Bridge Commission have seen an overall increase.


(The Walt Whitman Bridge, operated by the Delaware River Port Authority.)

Walt Whitman Bridge Construction Reaches Critical Phase

Commuters have probably noticed that the morning traffic on the Walt Whitman Bridge is backed up a little more than usual. An ongoing redecking project has reached a critical phase.


(The DRPA board meets on July 18, 2012.  Credit: David Madden)

DRPA Says It Is In Forward Gear With Agency Reforms

The Delaware River Port Authority says it is working to implement — and set in stone — many of the reforms approved by the agency almost two years ago.


(A December 2011 meeting of the DRPA board.  Credit: David Madden)

DRPA Investigator Says Agency’s Reforms Are Still Incomplete

DRPA inspector general Thomas Raftery says that ethics policies are not uniform across the board, procedures for contracts and purchasing are confusing, and promised reforms have still not be implemented.


(File Photo of Ben Franklin Bridge)

A Lot Goes Into Lane Closures On Ben Franklin Bridge

It’s been gridlock nearly every Friday afternoon in-bound to Philadelphia on the Ben Franklin Bridge this spring. You’re stuck in traffic, and the other side’s moving along just fine. And you wonder why your side doesn’t have another lane? There are a lot of variables.


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NJ Comptroller Says Questionable DRPA Payments Went To Norcross Firm

New Jersey’s state comptroller has reviewed the inner operations of the Delaware River Port Authority, saying his office has found a pattern of waste and mismanagement that cost the bi-state agency millions of dollars over a number of years.





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