Corbett steps down from DRPA board

    Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett is stepping down as chairman of the board at the Delaware River Port Authority.

    The Pennsylvania governor can always appoint a member to the authority’s board, which operates four Philadelphia-area bridges connecting New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

    But instead of sending a representative, Corbett appointed himself to the board last year as controversies roared over a toll hike and the authority’s practice of spending toll revenue on economic development projects with little or nothing to do with transportation.

    In a statement Wednesday, Corbett said he can step down now because he believes the board is now committed to the central mission of transportation.

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    Corbett has recommended that board member David Simon becomes chairman. And he’s appointing Andrew Reilly to a seat on the board.

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