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Rendell: DRPA Bridge Toll Hike "Inevitable"

Gov. Rendell today said a proposal to delay a $1 increase in the bridge tolls collected by the Delaware River Port Authority could be sustained for "a couple of months, maybe" but could not be permanent, insisting twice that an increase is inevitable.

Rendell: DRPA Bridge Toll Hike "Inevitable"

Gov. Rendell today said a proposal to delay a $1 increase in the bridge tolls collected by the Delaware River Port Authority could be sustained for "a couple of months, maybe" but could not be permanent, insisting twice that an increase is inevitable. 

The DRPA is considering using $54.5 million in unspent economic development funds to pay for a delay in the toll increase.  Rendell said that money is already slated to be spent on projects and "wouldn’t make a dent in the maintenance of bridges,” one of DRPA's primary functions.

"A toll increase is inevitable," Rendell said. "Nobody likes to pay more. But it is inevitable. And again, most of that $54 million has been contracted."

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