News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)
E-news - April 2014
All meetings are
open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held in the
WILMAPCO Conference Room.
In case of
inclement weather, please call (302) 737-6205, or toll free from Cecil
County at (888) 808-7088 for cancellations or postponements.
April 17, 10 a.m.
WILMAPCO will be
closed on April 18 for Good Friday.
For updates or
more information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit www.wilmapco.org.
Updates its Transit Data Report
WILMAPCO has released a brief summary of public transit trends in our
region. It includes several key indicators, including: productivity,
vehicle usage, ridership, and financial trends. The report found:
- Bus and
rail ridership has grown in New Castle and Cecil Counties, in
conjunction with overall population gains.
- In Cecil
County, the numbers of passengers taking the bus has grown
exponentially due to changes in route alignments.
Sunday bus service in Delaware is a recent addition, it has seen a
strong increase in ridership since 2008, when it was first
The report also
highlights the transit challenges faced in the region, including fare
revenues not keeping pace with rising operating costs, minimal capital
funding, and increased demand for curb-to-curb bus services for seniors
and disabled, the fastest growing segment of our population. To view
the complete report, please visit www.wilmapco.org/data.
Helps Organize another Successful Walking and Biking Summit
Heels & Wheels: Delaware Walking & Biking Summit (formerly
Delaware Bike Summit) was held on March 21 at the University of
Delaware Clayton Hall in Newark. WILMAPCO helped coordinate the past
four Delaware Bike Summits along with other organizations including
DNREC, DelDOT, and the Dover/Kent MPO. This year's Summit expanded its
focus to include the recreational trail and the active transportation
Markell, who spoke during the event said, "We've made progress
creating new and better trails and pathways, whether for recreation or
Collin O'Mara said, "The conference is a great opportunity to
further integrate our goals of providing viable transportation
alternatives for connecting people with their jobs, schools, and other
Shailen Bhatt said, "At DelDOT, we are committed to the idea that
bicycling and walking are important pieces of the transportation
network, and an important investment for our state's future."
featured keynote speaker Dan Burden, a leading national expert on
planning sustainable communities for walking and bicycling. Burden
said, "Delaware's transportation for the future will create
greater discovery, pleasure, and exchange."
presentations from the event will be available shortly on the Heels and
Wheels Summit webpage at: www.wilmapco.org/heelsandwheels.
Member Agency News
Maryland Five-Year Plan
Charts Course for Statewide Preservation
According to a
Maryland Department of Planning release, "For more than a century,
Marylanders have worked to preserve the historic buildings, landscapes,
and towns that tell the state's unique stories, from Civil War
battlefields to African American cemeteries. To recognize those efforts
and look ahead to address new challenges in historic preservation,
Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) worked with constituents and the public
to produce PreserveMaryland. The five-year plan sets a course for the
preservation community to collaborate more effectively to protect the
state's diverse heritage." To download the report, please visit http://mht.maryland.gov/documents/PDF/PreserveMaryland_plan2014.
Climate Impact Assessment Released
According to a
DNREC release, "The Delaware Climate Change Impact Assessment, a comprehensive
statewide report produced at the direction of DNREC Secretary Collin
O'Mara and DNREC's Division of Energy and Climate, is now available on
DNREC's website at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/energy/Pages/The-Delaware-Climate-Impact-Assessment.aspx.
The new report includes:
summary of past climate trends and future climate projections for
synthesis of the best available climate science that describes
current and future impacts of temperature, precipitation, and sea
summary of potential impacts to Delaware resources in five
sectors: public health, water resources, agriculture, wildlife and
ecosystems, and infrastructure
Two other major
climate assessment reports are due to be released soon. The National
Climate Assessment (www.globalchange.gov/what-we-do/assessment)
is expected to be released in April. The 5th Assessment Report of the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is also coming out soon, with
the working group report on Adaptation and Vulnerability to be released
in April (www.ipcc.ch)."
US EPA Climate Showcase
Communities Replication Workshop
According to an
EPA email, "US EPA's Climate Showcase Communities program is
hosting a free, one-day workshop on April 30 highlighting successful
local and tribal government climate and energy strategies that can be
replicated in communities across the US. Attendees of the workshop will
have the unique opportunity to hear directly from the government staff
that designed and implemented these impressive programs that have
achieved meaningful greenhouse gas reductions and other benefits for
their communities." The registration deadline is April
15. To register, please visit https://cscreplication.eventbrite.com.
For more information about the Climate Showcase Communities program,
please visit www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/local/showcase.
MDE is Looking for
According to a
Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) website, "MDE is a
proud co-sponsor of the annual Tawes Award for a Clean Environment. The
annual statewide environmental recognition program seeks to involve
youth, adults and private and public organizations in the restoration
and protection of Maryland's natural resources. Any individual, civic,
community, or non-profit entity that has demonstrated outstanding
efforts to enhance Maryland's environment over a period of time or with
a single project may be nominated." The nomination period runs
through April. Nominations can be submitted via email to: TAWES.AWARD@maryland.gov or by mail to: Maryland
Department of the Environment, Land Management Administration, 1800
Washington Boulevard, Suite 650, Baltimore, Maryland 21230, Attention:
Jennifer Hopper - Tawes Awards.
APA Delaware Webinar: Promoting
Active Communities Through Pedestian and Bicycle Planning
Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) will host a bicycle
and pedestrian planning webinar on April 4 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
According to a Delaware APA email, "In this panel presentation,
professional planners will address the challenges and successes they
have had with a wide range of projects, including the creation of an
urban river walk, the development of a regional bicycle plan,
addressing the active transportation needs of a suburban high school,
and planning for a mixed-use trail connecting two
municipalities." For more information, please visit www.delawareapa.org.
for Submissions: Recognition for
Community Heath Promotion Program
The Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active
Living and the Governor's Council on Health Promotion and Disease
Prevention has announced a call for submissions for the 2014
Recognition for Community Health Promotion Program. The goal of the
program is to recognize the efforts of municipalities that are
championing the health and well-being of their residents. Information
about eligibility and how to apply can be found on the Delaware HEAL
The deadline for submissions is April 11th.
NJ TransAction 2014
The annual New
Jersey Transportation Conference and Expo - TransAction 2014 will be
held at the Tropicanna Hotel, Casino and Conference Center, Atlantic
City, NJ on April 8 through 10.TransAction 2014 will feature more than
72 workshop sessions specializing in bus, rail, roads, bridges, goods
movement, pedestrian/bicycle, paratransit, community transportation,
ports, and more. For more information, please visit www.njtransaction.com.
on the Delaware 2014 Program Proposals
Share your expertise, experience, and leadership in the design and
building industry by presenting at the 12th Annual Design on the
Delaware Conference in Philadelphia. Program proposals are now being
accepted for the 2014 Design on the Delaware conference taking place
November 12 through 14, at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel and
Center for Architecture. This multi-disciplinary conference for
planners, architects, landscape architects, engineers, and other design
and building professionals features four keynote speakers, 36
professional education programs, three days of tours and a full-day
design charrette. Program proposals are due April 11. For more
information, please visit www.designonthedelaware.com.
People, Planning, and
Public Health: A Joint Conference of Planning and Health Professionals
According to the
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) website,
"Join the DVRPC and the Health Promotion Council (HPC) at The
People, Planning, and Public Health: A Joint Conference of Planning and
Health Professionals symposium. The event will connect professionals
from the fields of public health and planning to foster a better
understanding among practitioners. Participants will learn about data
sources, useful tools to better serve our communities, and successful
collaborations." For more information, please visit www.dvrpc.org/health.
Interactive Map of Carbon
According to a
January 15th Fast Company article, "Which households contribute
most to climate change? To find out, take a look at this interactive
map (Average Annual Household Carbon Footprint by Zip Code: http://coolclimate.berkeley.edu/maps)
created by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. It
provides estimates for all 31,000 ZIP codes, based on everything
people consume in a single year, including energy, travel, goods, and
According to the
National Collaborative of State Planners website, "Join the
National Collaborative of State Planners on Friday, April 11 at 1 p.m.,
for a free webinar: Is Your State Resilient? Planning for Climate
Change. This webinar focuses on plans, policies, and laws that address
the impacts of climate change on the state level." For more
information, please visit http://stateplannersus.wordpress.com/webinar.
Performance in Walkable Shopping Areas Report
According to a February 8-80 Cities newsletter article,
"Active Living Research conducted a meta-analyses of 15 walkable
shopping areas to analyze whether there were economic benefits
implicated in their existence, as shown in 'Business Performance in
Walkable Shopping Areas'. While walking promotes exercise, weight loss,
and decreases your likelihood of heart disease, it can also increase
business when conducted in the right location: shopping areas. The
study demonstrated that walkable retail is on the upswing, with 45% of
daily trips being shopping-related. Businesses can benefit from this
due to greater masses and diverse needs." To view the
report, please visit http://activelivingresearch.org/files/BusinessPerformanceWalkableShoppingAreas_Nov2013.pdf.
Students in SRTS Programs Walk and Bike to School
According to a
March Safe Routes to School National Partnership eNews article,
"Bridging the Gap just released a new research brief that
examines U.S. elementary school administrators' reports of
participation in Safe Routes to School initiatives and estimated rates
of students' walking or biking to school. Researchers found that
participation in Safe Routes to School programs grew steadily over the
past seven years in elementary schools nationwide and that students'
active travel was significantly higher in schools participating in Safe
Route to School initiatives." For more information, please visit www.bridgingthegapresearch.org.
The Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO) is the regional
transportation planning agency for New Castle County, Delaware and Cecil
County, Maryland. As the federally designated Metropolitan Planning
Organization (MPO), WILMAPCO is charged with planning and coordinating
transportation investments for the region based on federal policy, local
input, technical analysis, and best practices. For more
information, please visit our website at www.wilmapco.org.