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Released: 6/11/2008 

DRPA & PATCO Receive Federal Grants

The Delaware River Port Authority/PATCO has been informed that they are receiving over $11-million in federal grant money from the U.S. Department of Transportation. New Jersey U.S. Senator, Robert Menendez, announced the award today.

DRPA CEO and PATCO President, John J. Matheussen, thanked Senator Menendez for his efforts. In addition, Matheussen adds he also appreciates the continuing efforts of New Jersey U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, Pennsylvania U.S. Senators Arlen Specter and Robert Casey as well as New Jersey Congressman Rob Andrews and Pennsylvania Congressman, Robert Brady, for their support of these and other DRPA projects.

Matheussen says “$9.7-million is earmarked for the renovation of PATCO train cars while $1.75-million will be used for Ferry Terminal Improvements at Penns Landing in Philadelphia.”

PATCO has budgeted $180-million to rehabilitate its entire fleet of 121 cars. The actual work on the cars is expected to begin in 2009 and take four years to complete. This is part of an Authority-wide one-billion dollar capital improvement plan slated to take place over the next five plus years.

The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation agency. DRPA owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross Bridges, and PATCO, the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal and the RiverLink Ferry.

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