DRPA CEO: Spending Will Be on Transportation Projects Only

Efforts are now underway to reform the Delaware River Port Authority. DRPA CEO John Hanson told NJTV News Managing Editor Mike Schneider that the organization will no longer be spending money on non-transportation projects.

Hanson said that he has been with the Port Authority for more than nine years and he thinks he has a good understanding of what needs to be done.

According to Hanson, the culture needs to be worked on. He said he has not taken a position on bills that have been presented, but he does not think that they will change the fact that the culture needs to be adjusted.

“What we are trying to do with the culture is to emphasize the stewardship role of the Authority, meaning that what we do is we hold four bridges and the PATCO line and we hold them in trust for the public,” said Hanson. “We maintain them. We operate them, we protect them and we do that to service the community. Those ideas are the ideas that I think really have the power to transform the Authority and change the culture.”

Hanson said that DRPA is no longer involved in spending on non-transportation projects, except for a few that were already under contract.

According to Hanson, Commissioner John Dougherty said the hiring was out of whack and he felt that DRPA needed to hire more Pennsylvania residents as workers. Hanson said that the board addressed that and indicated that the labor committee would be looking at that and stepping up recruitment efforts in Pennsylvania.