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02 May 2009

DRPA: Whore Pit Vipers


I have zero love for the Delaware Valley Port Authority. That's because I'm convinced that the lack of cameras in their stations and parking lots directly led to the hit-and-run that nearly ended my life.
Sure, their spokespeople say, "Oh, we feel very bad about what happened to Brian, but he was three blocks away. How could we have helped?"
That's smart legal talk, which forces me to say, "How astute, paid flaks. Care to explain how you're uninvolved since a train just left the station coming back from Philly minutes before I got smacked into a coma, by what was likely a drunk driver, on a short-cut, one-way street that RUNS FROM YOUR PARKING LOT.
"You enabled criminals to rape and murder a passenger a few years back. Would the working cameras had helped police to identify whether someone left the lot so they could solve my case? Or are you content to wait for me to catch the person, prove they got off the train and sue you till you have to raise one-way fares to $12/per?"
Sorry, but their callousness offends me just as it would if they danced around an issue that nearly killed anybody.
There was a point here, though. Oh yes, DRPA has a whole lot of money to throw around. I mean, why else would they let Wee-Lil City Councilman Frankie DiCicco and the rest of their whore-pit-viper board have free passes to cruise across the bridges without cost to them, their families, and probably their high-dollar donors?
Hell, John Dougherty (for whom's state-senate campaign I worked last Spring) got a positive plug from the Inquirer editorial board on Saturday for demanding the board's EZ Pass records. Translation: If the press takes Doc's side of an issue, there is some sinister about his foe.
Philadelphia union leader John Dougherty stirred up a hornet's nest last month when he requested E-ZPass records for his fellow board members.
City Councilman Frank DiCicco, who also serves on the DRPA board, believes Dougherty wanted to use the information to embarrass the board, and threatened to sue to block the release.
Board members should be embarrassed if they were abusing the perk. Their opposition to releasing the records fuels speculation about what they contain.
It may turn out that Dougherty's motives were not pure, but his request underscores the need for reform and transparency at the DRPA.

Just to be cute, once I catch the driver, and prove DRPA enabled a drunk driver to get behind the wheel, I'm going to file suit for the exact amount that Frankie Boy ducked charges on. I don't care if it's $5. It'll be worth it, just to get them on the stand and flog them.

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