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Released: 7/20/2010 

PATCO Stations Going Green And The DRPA Joins The New Jersey Department Of Transportation Beautiful New Jersey Campaign

On Thursday, July 22, PATCO begins the process of recycling newspapers, glass and plastic with the placement of special trash receptacles at the Lindenwold, Ashland and Woodcrest Stations.  The special green receptacles with a recycling decal will be located mostly on the station platforms although they will be available in other locations.  The program will be expanded to include all other PATCO stations including the four subway stations in Philadelphia.

According to PATCO General Manager, Bob Box, “public transportation provides a very friendly environmental way to travel and this recycling program represents yet another way that PATCO and its customers can take part in our go green initiative.”

PATCO now joins the DRPA’s four bridge facilities and its headquarters One Port Center in Camden in implementing single stream municipal waste recycling.

DRPA Deputy CEO, Robert Gross, says “the Authority is making daily choices to minimize potential environmental impacts.  Our plan is to integrate environmental considerations in all aspects of our operations at all of our facilities.”

DRPA CEO and PATCO President, John J. Matheussen, says “the New Jersey Department of Transportation recently began a coordinated and continuing cleanup campaign called Beautiful New Jersey.  We are pleased to be part of this quality of life issue and will move forward with other activities in the future.”

In addition to the PATCO initiative, the DRPA on Thursday will take additional steps to compliment the efforts of the Beautiful New Jersey cleanup campaign.  COO, Tim Pulte, says “we will have maintenance crews at the Betsy Ross, Ben Franklin, Walt Whitman and Commodore Barry Bridges and at PATCO making a special effort to clean up trash and graffiti.”

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, PATCO and the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal.  The DRPA also owns the RiverLink Ferry.

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