January 31, 2024 – Delaware River Port Authority Chief Engineer Mike Venuto shared details of the agency’s upcoming projects to a standing-room-only crowd Wednesday. Venuto’s presentation in Edison was part of the Alliance for Action’s Inside Scoop series.

The DRPA oversees the Ben Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry, and the Betsy Ross bridges, along with PATCO and other infrastructure. In 2024 and 2025 alone there will be millions spent on each crossing, the speedline, and supporting facility projects, Venuto said. 

Venuto also updated Alliance for Action members on the transformational Glassboro-Camden Light Rail project. The $1.8 billion, 18-mile rail line, Venuto said, is now in preliminary design stages, right-of-way acquisitions and easements, as well as utility investigation and relocation. (For more information on doing business with the DRPA, click here.) 

In the more immediate future, Venuto said, DRPA has nearly $800 million in its five-year capital plan. Venuto emphasized the importance of partnership and effective communication in his remarks, a cornerstone of the Alliance’s mission.

“The Alliance for Action sees the value in partnership, which is why we work hard in bringing key leaders together to create more opportunities for our members and the industry,” Alliance for Action President Jerry Keenan said. 

This was the first of several Inside Scoop meetings in 2024. Join us on Thursday, February 8 at Forsgate Country Club to hear the Inside Scoop on NJ Transit with President and CEO Kevin Corbett. 

The New Jersey Alliance for Action is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2024. It remains a non-partisan, non-profit association that represents the interests of business, labor, government, utility, education and other professional leaders across New Jersey. The Alliance is committed to improving the state’s economy through the promotion of environmentally friendly capital construction and infrastructure investment.