June 26, 2015
IT'S PROBABLY safe to assume that most folks who take up improvisational comedy do so with the intent of making audiences laugh. John Hanson had other ideas. By day, you can find Hanson in the Camden waterfront headquarters of the Delaware River Port Authority, where he serves as the CEO of the entity that oversees such crucial regional assets as the ports on both sides of the Delaware, the PATCO Hi-Speed Line and the Ben Franklin , Betsy Ross and Walt Whitman bridges.
June 19, 2015 |
PATCO's plan for special fares and schedules for the papal visit to Philadelphia in September was approved Wednesday by the transit system's board. Officials expect that as many as 100,000 riders a day might use the system on Sept. 26 and 27. On a typical weekday, about 38,000 riders use the system. PATCO will sell a one-day pass for $5 and a two-day pass for $10, beginning in mid-July. The passes will only be available on PATCO's electronic Freedom cards. (PATCO will waive the usual $5 charge for a card.)
May 8, 2015 |
The Delaware River Port Authority plans to seek $22.4 million from the Obama administration to reopen the long-closed "ghost station" below Franklin Square in Old City. DRPA officials said Wednesday they will apply for a grant from the Department of Transportation to cover a $28 million price tag, of which the federal government would pay 80 percent. A study for the DRPA in March estimated it would cost $26.5 million to reopen the 79-year-old station, including the cost of such improvements as escalators and an entrance on the south side of Race Street.
May 8, 2015 |
The Delaware River Port Authority plans to spend about $13.7 million to rebuild the elevated PATCO tracks in Westmont in a 30-month project slated to start this summer. The Westmont project was part of about $18 million in spending that a DRPA committee approved Wednesday. The projects are to be considered by the full board May 20. The Westmont track work would not interfere with weekday PATCO train service, as the work would be done during nights and weekends, chief engineer Mike Venuto said.
April 18, 2015 |
The Delaware River Port Authority board has dismissed the agency's chief operating officer and launched a nationwide search for a replacement. Tim Pulte, of Garnet Valley, had been COO since August, 2009, with an annual salary of $180,081. The bi-state DRPA board, newly reconstituted with appointees of Gov. Wolf, decided Wednesday "to go a different direction...it's no disparagement on Tim Pulte," said new DRPA board chairman Ryan Boyer, the business manager of Laborers' District Council of Metropolitan Philadelphia & Vicinity.
April 17, 2015 |
The Delaware River Port Authority board on Wednesday approved an $800,000 loan guarantee to help keep the Battleship New Jersey operating as a tourist attraction on the Camden waterfront. The DRPA board originally guaranteed a $1 million loan in 2003 to the Home Port Alliance, which operates the battleship, and has renewed the guarantee every three years since. The amount was whittled down to $900,000 in 2012 and to $800,000 this year. The loan guarantee, approved Wednesday for a 10-year period, is in addition to grants of $11 million made by the DRPA to the Home Port Alliance between 2000 and 2005.
March 20, 2015 |
The Delaware River Port Authority is spending about $7.4 million for a new "zipper" traffic barrier on the Ben Franklin Bridge. The DRPA board on Wednesday approved spending $7.376 million over five years to replace the existing, 15-year-old moveable barrier with a steel-and-concrete barrier like the one installed in 2010 on the Walt Whitman Bridge. DRPA officials said the new barrier, to separate westbound and eastbound lanes of traffic, will allow wider travel lanes and be easier to operate and maintain.
March 6, 2015 |
Gov. Wolf named six new members to the governing board of the bistate Delaware River Port Authority on Wednesday. The agency, which operates the PATCO commuter rail line and four toll bridges between Philadelphia and South Jersey, is now run by 16 Democratic appointees or officeholders. Wolf's appointees are: Ryan Boyer of Philadelphia, business manager of the Laborers' District Council of Metropolitan Philadelphia and Vicinity, which represents 5,000 workers on major construction projects.
February 25, 2015 |
Emergency crews were expected to continue working into Tuesday to clean up thousands of gallons of fuel that spilled in Pennsauken from a tanker truck that overturned and exploded into flames Monday morning, authorities said. They said the roadway would be closed as it is cleaned up and inspected for structural damage, and alerted motorists to expect detours. The incident occurred about 11 a.m. on the ramp to Route 130 from Route 90. The tanker spilled 7,800 gallons of fuel, said John Hanson, chief executive officer for the Delaware River Port Authority, which oversees the ramp.
February 8, 2015 |
Beset by construction and foul weather, the PATCO commuter rail line saw ridership fall last year to the lowest level in six years. After steady growth for most of the last decade, the number of passengers in 2014 fell to 10,007,256, a decrease of 535,127, or 5.08 percent, from 2013. It was the worst ridership year for PATCO since 2007, when 9,406,000 passengers rode the trains. PATCO, a subsidiary of the Delaware River Port Authority, operates a 14-mile railroad between Center City and South Jersey.