December 12, 2014 |
The on-again, off-again reopening of the Franklin Square PATCO station is on again. The Delaware River Port Authority board on Wednesday approved $500,000 in the agency's 2015 capital budget to examine reopening the "ghost station," closed since 1979. The long-range DRPA budget estimates the total cost of reopening the station beneath Sixth and Race Streets at $12 million. No date was set for reopening it. The rebirth of the once-seedy Franklin Square park above the station and new development nearby has brought renewed bustle to the area and renewed interest in again using the station.
October 18, 2014 |
Vice President Biden toured a dredging barge at Penn's Landing on Thursday to show support for the project to deepen the Delaware River shipping channel. Biden, the latest high-profile politician to visit the region in recent days, was flanked by a phalanx of Pennsylvania Democrats - U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr., and U.S. Reps. Robert A. Brady and Chaka Fattah. Before delivering remarks on the ongoing deepening of the Delaware, Biden and the delegation were taken on a tour of the large barge by Brian Puckett, project manager for Great Lakes Dredging & Dock Co. The vessel's main feature, a dredging bucket that can haul as much as two dump trucks, immediately caught Biden's eye. "That's a hell of a bucket," the vice president said after walking a gangplank onto the ship.
September 18, 2014 |
The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority will seek "expressions of interest" to develop the 200 acres known as Southport, at the eastern end of the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. The board agreed at its monthly meeting Tuesday to accept proposals - called "request for expressions of interest" - from terminal operators, steamship lines, automobile manufacturers, energy companies, and investment firms with ideas for the maritime property, south of the Walt Whitman Bridge on the Delaware.
September 10, 2014 |
It's the stuff of reality television: a Battle of the Port Titans. Two prominent marine-terminal operators with big stakes in the Delaware River each want to manage and control some of the 200 acres known as Southport, at the eastern end of the Navy Yard, south of the Walt Whitman Bridge. Vying for the millions of dollars in business opportunities that could result: John Brown Jr., president of Penn Warehousing and Distribution Inc., a paper-import company that operates from Piers 38 and 40 and 78 and 80, who also runs Murphy Marine Services at the Port of Wilmington; and the Holt family, whose companies operate the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal and Gloucester Terminals L.L.C.
August 22, 2014 |
Was it sabotage? A federal judge didn't think so. He called it a case of the "broker wars" at the Port of Philadelphia. Ozburn-Hessey Logistics, one of the world's largest third-party logistics companies, sued when 10 employees left to start a rival U.S. Customs brokerage in Philadelphia. Customs brokers help importers clear perishable produce through customs inspections at U.S. ports before it is delivered to grocery stores. Philadelphia is a major perishables port, and about 150 companies ship fresh produce through here, noted U.S. District Judge L. Felipe Restrepo.
July 6, 2014 |
At Paulsboro's northern tip, near a modest baseball and football field, a huge swath of open land along the Delaware River sits prepped and primed for reuse after years of being a desolate home to a former oil terminal and chemical plant. "They took down the tanks and they started, and then they stopped," Nirah Wilson, 80, said last week outside his Second Street ranch house, neighboring the site. "They're standing still," said Wilson, a retired Air Force aircraft mechanic. "That's what it looks like.
June 25, 2014 |
Police are searching for a man who attacked a 65-year-old nun Sunday morning in Port Richmond, then dragged her from a car and drove away with it. The nun, whose name was not released, was wearing her habit and was waiting in the passenger seat of a friend's car outside a Shop Rite store on Aramingo Avenue about 11:15 a.m., police said. The friend was inside and had left the engine on. The man opened the driver's-side door and said, "Tell me wherever you want to go," authorities said.
May 31, 2014 |
The U.S. Attorney's Office has asked the New Jersey legislative committee investigating September lane closures at the George Washington Bridge to postpone its plans to take testimony from the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a committee spokesman confirmed Thursday. Patrick Foye was scheduled to testify before the committee on Tuesday, along with Port Authority Commissioner William "Pat" Schuber. Federal prosecutors are investigating the lane closures, which tied up traffic for four days in September and were allegedly orchestrated by former allies of Gov. Christie.
May 25, 2014 |
FOR THE SECOND year in a row, the Port Richmond Memorial Day Parade has been canceled due to a lack of funding and volunteers, according to a parade volunteer. "Everyone wants to watch the parade but no one understands how much work it takes," said Patty-Pat Kozlowski, former president and current executive director of Port Richmond on Patrol and Civic Association (PROPAC). The organization has helped put on the parade in prior years. Kozlowski said she hopes the 50-year-old hallmark will return next year.
May 24, 2014 |
A truck driver, arriving at a lot in South Philadelphia early Thursday to pick up a load of new Hyundai and Kia cars headed for dealer showrooms, spotted tiny red insects - dozens of them - swarming on car tires. He asked around, and nobody knew what they were, so he telephoned the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Harrisburg. "They got ahold of somebody, who got ahold of somebody," the driver said. Before long, inspectors from Customs and Border Protection "came out in white suits, took some bugs, and left.