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Released: 8/3/2006 

DRPA Takes Steps to Conserve Energy During Heat Wave

As the east coast struggles to stay cool during the current heat wave, the Delaware River Port Authority is doing its part to help conserve energy for the people of the Philadelphia region. Authority officials have cutback on the use of all non-essential lighting and electrical devices at all of its facilities including its four bridges, PATCO and its headquarters building, One Port Center in Camden, N.J. Authority officials have assessed safety and security needs and will forgo decorative displays and non-essential lighting at all bridge facilities and PATCO in an effort to conserve energy. Staff at DRPA headquarters, as well as staff at all other facilities, have been encouraged to reduce energy consumption. Lighting and other electrical devices which are necessary to perform job functions, ensure worker safety, customer safety and maintain the security of the facilities are being reduced while maintaining appropriate levels. "During this oppressive heat wave we all need to do our part to conserve energy," says DRPA Vice Chairman Jeffrey L. Nash. "At DRPA, we are doing everything we can to cut down on energy consumption, while still maintaining the safety and security of our facilities." The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation and development agency. DRPA owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross bridges, the PATCO High Speed Line, the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal at Pier 1 and the RiverLink Ferry.

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