DRPA Approves Grants for Economic Development

The Delaware River Port Authority has voted to spend $11 million for economic development projects despite criticism from lawmakers and commuter advocates.

Opponents have railed against the bistate agency for using bridge tolls and commuter train fares for non-transportation uses. The DRPA oversees four bridges and a train line connecting Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

But authority chairman-designee John Estey says all projects approved in Wednesday's vote are located near DRPA train stations and ultimately will bring in extra revenue.

The biggest chunk of the money -- about $3.5 million -- will go to the planned President's House memorial in Philadelphia.

Lawmakers in the two states want to change the DRPA's charter to bar the grants.

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