DRPA Adopts 2023 Operating Budget With No Toll Increases

The Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) commission today approved a 2023 operating budget of $307.5 million that includes an annual spending increase of less than one percent and anticipated revenue of $344 million. As expected, commissioners also adopted a resolution that freezes bridge toll rates by postponing a scheduled biennial increase based on the rise of the Consumer Price Index for the Philadelphia region. This is the seventh time since 2011 that DRPA has managed to defer scheduled rate increases. “The Board and DRPA leadership team have an obligation to the public to do everything it can to control costs and expenses before it takes steps to raise bridge tolls,” commented DRPA Chair Cherelle Parker. “Hard work across all facets of the organization to ensure it runs efficiently and effectively enables this toll freeze. We hope this move brings needed relief to working families who may be experiencing financial challenges.” DRPA operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross Bridges in metro Philadelphia.