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Going up: PATCO to build elevators at six stations

The DRPA board authorized a $31 million, four year project to install eight elevators in six PATCO stations at its monthly board meeting Wednesday. The project will make all PATCO stations…

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What's behind PATCO’s recent spate of train cancellations?

It has been a rough couple of weeks for PATCO riders. On Tuesday, five trains were cancelled or had their trips shortened due to equipment problems, plus another canceled thanks to…

    • Bend it like Benjamin | Convicted Melon
    • Benjamin Franklin Bridge - January 20, 2013. Paul Drzal.

Governor Wolf to veto DRPA reform bill over senate confirmation of appointees

Governor Tom Wolf will veto a bill passed Tuesday aimed at reforming the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) over a single provision that would give the Pennsylvania State Senate confirmation power…

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PATCO board member resigned from board, takes PATCO executive job

Rohan Hepkins resigned as a commissioner on the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) and PATCO boards in February, to “pursue career opportunities that may be in conflict with his position on…

    • 51st Shade of Grey, dirty window series | Al BeFranke

DRPA Dispatch: PATCO ridership rebounding after bridge work; DRPA finances rebounding after mismanagement work

After a year of constrained schedules due to maintenance work on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, ridership on PATCO trains has fully rebounded and may be growing past previous highs. PATCO ridership…

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DRPA authorizes second round of union contracts following Christie veto

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Such is the motto of the DRPA board these days, which once again authorized labor agreements with three of its unions. The…

    • PATCO trains to New Jersey, Photo by Phillytrax

Freedom is the Key: PATCO fare cards will work on SEPTA

At its monthly meeting on Wednesday, the PATCO board approved a contract to overhaul the software behind its Freedom Card to make it compatible with soon-to-finally-arrive SEPTA Key fare payment system.…

    • A Plain Ole Ben | Al BeFranke

DRPA Dispatch: PATCO speeds up Saturday service, hunts again for a TIGER grant

PATCO’s Saturday service will run more frequently starting April 9th, reducing headways between trains from 25 minutes to 20 minutes, said PATCO General Manager John Rink following this morning’s DRPA board…

    • One Port Center

DRPA Dispatch: No CEO pay raise until unions get their own; 5th Street Tunnel repairs expedited

Waiting, Tom Petty says, is the hardest part. Maybe for some, but not for Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) CEO John Hanson, who was all smiles when asked about his…

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Pennsylvania House votes to give Governor Wolf veto over Port Authority board

In a rare move of bipartisanship in Harrisburg, the state House voted unanimously to empower Governor Tom Wolf with a new veto power. Okay, it is just a veto power over…

    • One Port Center

DRPA Dispatch: CEO Hanson to get a pay raise; union wants one, too

On the day Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) CEO John Hanson was supposed to receive a raise, a union official asked for the same for his workers at this morning’s meeting…

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Bridging a digital divide: DRPA creates digital communications position

“We gotta step up our game,” said Kyle Anderson, Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) Director of Corporate Communications. That game: FarmVille on Facebook. Or maybe Mafia Wars. Or perhaps just a…

    • Outbound PATCO | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group

Franklin Square Station reopening advances as DRPA board approves 2016 capital budget

Johnny Doc’s dream of reopening the PATCO station underneath Franklin Square took another step towards reality today, as the DRPA Board approved the 2016 capital budget, which sets aside $28.3 million…

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Did limited largesse muddle DRPA's mission control?

At this morning’s meeting, the DRPA Board of Commissioners voted to approve an $18-per-month discount for drivers that cross its bridges at least 18 times in a given month. While…

    • One Port Center

DRPA Dispatches: Bridge Toll Discount OK'd; PATCO Pontiff Tix; Franklin Square Station a go?

The Delaware River Port Authority Board of Commissioners applauded itself after voting to approve a frequent commuter discount for vehicles that cross its bridges 18 times a month. But those claps…

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PATCO plans special passes, schedule for Papal visit

“We’re coming out with a new air freshener, just for the Papal visit,” Delaware River Port Authority CEO John Hanson is saying, just before a meeting of the DRPA Finance Committee…

    • One Port Center

DRPA Dispatch: Applying for Fed. cash to reopen Franklin Square; Refurbished cars finally here; Ben Franklin Bridge track work ahead of schedule

The Delaware River Port Authority board authorized an application for a federal TIGER VII grant to fund reopening of the Franklin Square PATCO Station. The project would cost an estimated $28…

    • One Port Center

DRPA Dispatches: Still waiting on refurbished cars, but Battleship NJ is a guaranteed thing

To the long list of descriptive collective nouns – a murder of crows, a parliament of owls, a wake of buzzards – might we add a Godot of PATCO refurbished cars?…

    • One Port Center

DRPA Dispatches: Driving up, PATCO down, & nepotism policy tweaked

Delaware River Port Authority traffic counts and PATCO ridership for January were reported today, and the DRPA Board voted to approve a change to its nepotism policy to allow the hiring…

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