DRPA delays hikes for PATCO fare, not bridge tolls

CAMDEN, N.J. - December 15, 2010

The agency voted Wednesday to delay a 10 percent PATCO fare increase from Jan. 1 to July 1.

A toll hike will take place July 1 as scheduled after commissioners spent weeks discussing whether to delay it.

Tolls on the Betsy Ross, Ben Franklin, Walt Whitman and Commodore Barry Bridges will jump to $5 from $4. The DRPA's financial advisers said delaying it could lead to downgrading the agency's credit rating.

PATCO is popular with southern New Jersey residents who work, dine and go to ball games in Philadelphia. The highest round-trip fare is to rise to $6 when the increase takes effect.

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