$2 bridge toll hikes possible

January 17, 2008 5:21:07 AM PST
Delaware River Port Authority officials are considering a $2 toll increase on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and three other spans.

That would raise the price to $5. Smaller annual increases also are under consideration.

Motorists on the DRPA's four Philadelphia-area bridges, which connect New Jersey and Pennsylvania, pay only when they're heading west.

DRPA chief executive John Matheussen says the hikes would pay for bridge upgrades, painting, inspections and new cars for the agency's PATCO rail line.

Public hearings could be held in March.

Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com