June 27, 2016 |
A man was killed Saturday afternoon after he apparently jumped in front of a PATCO train at the Woodcrest station in Cherry Hill, said a spokesman for the Delaware River Port Authority. The incident, which occurred shortly after 4 p.m., shut down service as emergency crews responded, said DRPA spokesman Mike Williams. The man's name and age were not released. Williams said he was elderly. Service on the entire transit line was suspended temporarily, and then restored for most stops through Haddonfield.
June 9, 2016 |
A stroke of Gov. Christie's pen ended hopes that more than 400 Delaware River Port Authority workers would soon resolve a long-simmering contract dispute. On Monday, Christie vetoed an agreement on economic terms that would have framed a contract resolution for 426 workers from three unions. "We were kind of shocked, quite frankly," said Howard Wells, president of Teamsters Local 676, which represents more than 200 of the workers waiting for a new contract. DRPA management communicated with the governor's office throughout the negotiation process and was hopeful that the terms would be acceptable to Trenton.
May 20, 2016
The Delaware River Port Authority approved a long-planned raise for its chief executive officer Wednesday night. The board voted unanimously to raise John Hanson's salary from $180,081 to $219,474. This brings Hanson's pay in line with what his predecessor, John Matheussen, earned. Hanson took over the CEO job in 2014. That contract is subject to a veto from Gov. The pay increase was initially proposed in January but was delayed for procedural reasons. Also, it drew concern from union officials because the DRPA is in the midst of working to conclude a labor agreement with 580 employees.
April 22, 2016 |
Operating the Delaware River's ferry has been a losing proposition for the Delaware River Port Authority, but a vote Wednesday will give a Philadelphia nonprofit a shot at using the boat to improve waterfront tourism. After operating the service for 16 years, the DRPA approved a plan to hand ownership of the RiverLink Ferry (named Freedom), which travels between Penn's Landing and Camden, to the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. The decision at the authority's monthly board meeting caps four years of negotiations over the boat's ownership.
February 20, 2016 |
A solid résumé and the appreciation of your customers don't guarantee job security, especially when you work for an agency where governors of two states get a say in who stays and who goes. As the guy who oversaw 19,000 people crossing the Ben Franklin Bridge by train each day, Bennett Cornelius got high marks from his customers: the riders. "Extremely knowledgeable of anything having to do with any railroads," said Larry Davis, a member of the Delaware River Port Authority's citizens advisory committee who maintains the Twitter feed @PatcoWatchers.
February 19, 2016 |
The Delaware River Port Authority's chairman has assured staff members who have waited years for new contracts that relief is on the way. Ryan Boyer said during Wednesday's DRPA board meeting that he was "cautiously optimistic" that the contracts could be ready for the board to sign within the next month. About 580 unionized employees have been working without contracts for four years. At the DRPA board's January meeting, the authority's chief executive, John Hanson, was slated to receive a $39,474 pay increase, to bring his salary to the level of his predecessor's.
January 22, 2016 |
An effort to give the Delaware River Port Authority's chief executive a five-figure raise hit a speed bump Wednesday because of a procedural mix-up. Still, the proposal sparked anger that the authority's board tried to give CEO John Hanson a $39,474 pay increase while 66 percent of the authority's personnel have gone without a raise for four years. "I'm here to make sure it's a front-burner issue and it stays a front-burner issue with you," said Bill Hosey of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 351, which represents about 20 information-services workers.
November 20, 2015
A story Thursday on a new discount program for E-ZPass customers crossing Delaware River Port Authority bridges gave the wrong launch date. The program starts Dec. 1. A story Wednesday about a doctor accused of health-care fraud misstated the status of Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol. It emerged from bankruptcy in 2012 and is operating under new management.
November 20, 2015 |
A discount for E-ZPass customers who regularly cross Delaware River Port Authority bridges is beginning next month, giving an $18 break to regular commuters. The DRPA will begin a rollout program that will include news releases and emails to let drivers know about the discount, which returns $18 each month into the E-ZPass accounts of anyone who crosses the bridges 18 times in a month. The discount will apply only to drivers who have E-ZPass accounts through New Jersey, officials said, and won't be automatic.
November 20, 2015 |
In the face of criticism, the Delaware River Port Authority promised Wednesday that it was pushing hard to make vacant land on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard available to a Camden group seeking to turn the space into a park. "This project started in the '90s and we're now in 2015," said Martha Chavis, co-executive director of Friends of Cooper River Park, at a DRPA board meeting Wednesday. It's been a long wait for Chavis' group. It had been told the land, which requires environmental remediation, would be available this past spring.