With an eye on its credit ratings, the Delaware River Port Authority chose to keep in place a $1 toll hike Wednesday that was set to begin July 1 after weeks of debate on whether to delay the increase to 2012.

While the commissioners did not alter the toll increase on DRPA's four bridges, they did postpone to July 1 from Jan. 1 a 10% fare boost on the light-rail Port Authority Transit Corp., or PATCO, line. That places both the toll and fare increases on the same schedule. PATCO connects southern New Jersey and Philadelphia and serves about 40,000 commuters a day.

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