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Transportation
 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

 

December 2012

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WILMAPCO Meetings

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.    

   

Nonmotorized Transportation Working Group
December 4, 3 p.m.
- Meeting is Cancelled -

December 6, 4 p.m.

Newark Municipal Building

220 Elkton Road, Newark

 

December 10, 10 a.m.

 

December 13, 10 a.m.

December 13, 1 p.m.

 

December 17, 7 p.m.

Technical Advisory Committee

December 20, 10 a.m.

 

WILMAPCO will be closed on December 24 and 25 for Christmas and on December 31 for New Years.

 

 

For updates or more information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit www.wilmapco.org.

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WIWorkshopWilmington Initiatives Public Workshop

Wilmington Initiatives, a group of projects in the City of Wilmington designed to promote a balanced transportation system, is sponsoring an Open House Public Workshop about transportation projects in Wilmington on Wednesday, November 28, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Chase Center on the Riverfront (815 Justison Street).


Wilmington Initiatives encourages everyone who lives, works, or plays in Wilmington to attend this Workshop to learn more and to provide feedback about these two projects:

  • TWO-WAY KING STREET STUDY (1500 block)
  • DELAWARE AVENUE / 11TH / 12TH STREETS CURVE STUDY

 In addition, information will be provided about the following Wilmington projects:

  • CHRISTINA RIVER BRIDGE & APPROACHES
  • TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENTS: 6th Street Enhancements * 9th Street Enhancements * Bayard Square Enhancements * Carpenter Street Alley Enhancements * Concord Avenue Improvements * Cool Spring Reservoir Improvements * Delaware Avenue Streetscape Improvements * Greenhill Avenue Landscape Improvements * Greenhill Avenue Streetscape Improvements * Miller Road TE Project * Midtown Brandywine Streetscape Improvements * Rodney Square Beautification, Phase 1 * Rodney Square Beautification, Phase 2 * Southbridge Streetscape Improvements * South Park Drive Lighting Improvements * Windsor Street TE Project
  • SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL (SRTS) PROGRAM: Thomas A. Edison Charter School  *  Elbert-Palmer Elementary School

NBPHelp Shape the Future of Bicycling in Newark

The City of Newark, WILMAPCO, and the Newark Bicycle Committee are developing the Newark Bicycle Plan and will be holding an open house public workshop on December 6, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Newark Municipal Building, 220 Elkton Road, Newark. We are developing the Plan to make bicycling a more safe and convenient choice for transportation and recreation. The workshop will seek community feedback regarding existing conditions and concerns, and recommended facilities, programs and policies to promote a more bicycle-friendly community. For more information visit www.wilmapco.org/bikenewark or call (302)737-6205.

 

OurTownOur Town 2012 Presentations are Available

More than 120 attendees gathered at WILMAPCO's Our Town forum on November 14. The program featured a keynote address by Legislative Assistant Collin Peppard, presented via Skype from Senator Tom Carper's Washington, DC Office. Mr. Peppard said, "The Senator understands that our transportation investments are more than roads or rails, they change the fabric of our communities and they connect people."  A panel discussion, moderated by Secretary Shailen Bhatt, with representatives from regional rail organizations followed the keynote address. Panel members included Rebecca Reyes-Alicea, Federal Rail Administration; Drew Galloway, Amtrak; Brian Keller, Norfolk Southern; Scott Muir, Norfolk Southern; and Dave Gula, WILMAPCO.  WILMAPCO's Council members provided two-minute reactions to the panel members' presentations, which were moderated by Mr. Ed O'Donnell, University of Delaware.  To view the rail panel PowerPoint presentations, please visit www.wilmapco.org/ourtown.

 

 

Member Agency News

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MDPlan2035 Maryland Transportation Plan Website Launch

Under the leadership of the O'Malley-Brown Administration, the Maryland Department of Transportation is beginning to develop the 2035 Maryland Transportation Plan (MTP), a 20-year vision for Maryland's transportation system. The MTP is updated every five years through an extensive outreach effort with the public, local jurisdictions, and State agencies to ensure it reflects the needs and priorities of Marylanders. For more information, please visit www.mdot.maryland.gov/MTP.

  

Rt9Route 9 Coastal Heritage Byway Corridor Management Plan - Public Workshop 

According to a DelDOT press release, "The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), Delaware Greenways, and community members are drawing up a plan for preserving one of Delaware's most historic, scenic, and environmentally sensitive stretches of coastline. The Corridor Management Plan (CMP) will protect the Route 9 Coastal Heritage Byway which extends 50 miles along Route 9, from the City of New Castle down to the Route One junction in Sussex County. The CMP is expected to feature ten 'Discovery Zones,' where travelers can learn about the byway, enjoy recreational activity and get more information about local visitors' attractions. The Discovery Zones will help make the Route 9 Coastal Heritage Byway more accessible and help educate the public about the rich cultural and historical heritage of the Byway. Currently, Discovery Zones are planned in the following communities: 

  • New Castle  
  • Delaware City/Ft. DuPont/ C & D Canal
  • Port Penn/Augustine Beach
  • Odessa
  • Cedar Swamp/Blackbird Creek
  • Woodland Beach
  • Bombay Hook
  • Leipsic
  • Little Creek
  • St. Jones Neck 

To get additional feedback from local residents and businesses, a public workshop on the Corridor Management Plan is being held on Saturday, December 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Delaware City Community Center, 250 Fifth Street (5th & Bayard), Delaware City, Delaware."  

 

 

Local News 

 

T2Delaware T2 Center: Systemic Approach to Safety Management

The Delaware T2 Center is offering a Systemic Approach to Safety Management workshop.  Systemic approach to safety management uses a risk-based approach to identify high-risk roadway features that are correlated with particular severe crash types. The systemic approach is intended to complement the traditional site analysis approach (i.e. high crash locations) resulting in a comprehensive safety management program. This workshop is designed for engineers, and local officials who are making decisions on projects as they relate to safety improvements. The workshop is being held on December 13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Kent Polytech Adult Education Center, 823 Walnut Shade Rd., Woodside, DE.  To register, please visit https://delaware.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cJ8EXf0LVWIppYM&SVID=Prod.

 

HIACoalition to Conduct First Health Impact Assessment in Delaware  

According to a November 15 Delaware Greenways press release, "Delaware Greenways and the Environment and Policy Committee of Delaware's Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active Living (DE HEAL), in partnership with the Division of Public Health and other agencies, will be conducting the first health impact assessment (HIA) in Delaware. This is ground-breaking work, with the potential to change the way in which land use and transportation planning decisions are made in Delaware. HIAs identify the health-related impacts of decisions in non-health sectors and help decision makers and the public to understand the full consequences of particular policies, plans, and projects."  For more information, please visit http://www.delawaregreenways.org/wellness.html

 

 

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StudyNew Study: Land Use and Traffic Congestion

According to a November 13 article in the w
Western Planner, "An exciting new study, 'Land Use and Traffic Congestion,' from the Arizona DOT confirms the strong relationship between compact, transportation efficient development and vehicular travel reduction with hard data. Land use and transportation interactions and relationships are clarified. Key drivers of travel reduction are the four Ds:

  • Density and compactness of land uses, where proximity encourages walking and biking;
  • Diversity and mix of land uses, particularly the balance of residential, retail and commercial uses;
  • Design of transportation with sidewalks, a street grid pattern, and numerous intersection, route and mode alternatives; and,
  • Destinations with easy access outside of the neighborhood and community, particularly jobs that can be reached by transit.

 The study shows trip lengths and automobile travel are substantially reduced by compact, transportation-efficient land use."  For more information, please visit http://www.azdot.gov/TPD/ATRC/publications/pro
ject_reports/PDF/AZ618.pdf
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 SmarterU.S. Roads and Bridges Are Getting Smarter

According to a November 1 article in Government Technology, "Cars will have the capability to send and receive data from the roadways. Smarter cars also have the potential to ease roadway congestion, influencing route choices based on current conditions. Vehicle-to-infrastructure communication could even alert that upcoming red light that you're on your way, prompting a change to green.  The U.S. Department of Transportation will use data gathered in current trials to determine future requirements for automobile manufacturers related to connected vehicles. Experts believe new cars will need to be equipped with connected vehicle sensors within the next few years. The data collected will be transmitted to traffic management centers, allowing government agencies to make more informed decisions on how to maximize the efficiency of their transportation infrastructure."  To view the source article, please visit http://www.govtech.com/US-Roads-and-Bridges-Are-Getting-Smarter.html.


TextingYoung Drivers Still Texting While Driving

According to a November 16 USA Today article, "Nearly seven in 10 young drivers still text behind the wheel, and a growing number of them access the Internet on their cellphones while driving, according to a new annual survey by insurance company State Farm.  Despite years-long national campaigns against texting while driving, which is now illegal in 39 states and the District of Columbia, 68% of drivers ages 18-29 reported engaging in the practice, up from 64% last year. That compares with 34% of all drivers who reported texting while driving, up from 32% a year ago. There were even sharper increases in the equally risky behavior of surfing the Internet while driving: 48% of young drivers reported accessing the Web behind the wheel, up from 43% last year. Those figures exclude programming a GPS device."  To view the source article, please visit http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/11/15/young-drivers-still-texting-surfing-the-web/1707711/.

 

CompleteStreetsTwo New Complete Streets Reports

According to a September EPA e-newsletter, "The National Complete Streets Coalition's 2011 Policy Analysis analyzes the more than 350 Complete Streets policies that have been approved by communities across the country. These policies are working to make streets safer, more livable and more welcoming for everyone, and the 2011 Policy Analysis surveys the most successful and robust.  Local policies of particular note are highlighted throughout the report, providing a comprehensive examination of best policy practices across the country.  Accompanying the new report is the latest edition of the Complete Streets Local Policy Workbook. This introductory guide serves as a starting point for transportation experts and interested local leaders to begin mapping out their own Complete Streets policies." For more information, please visit www.completestreets.org/resources/new-report-and-companion-workbook-highlight-successful-complete-streets-policies-from-across-the-united-states/.

 

NYCNYC Study Finds Protected Bike Lanes Boost Local Business

According to a November 1 America Bikes blog entry, "A new study from the New York Department of Transportation shows that streets that safely accommodate bicycle and pedestrian travel are especially good at boosting small businesses, even in a recession. NYC DOT found that protected bikeways had a significant positive impact on local business strength. After the construction of a protected bicycle lane on 9th Avenue, local businesses saw a 49% increase in retail sales. In comparison, local businesses throughout Manhattan only saw a 3% increase in retail sales. In many ways, these data come as no surprise. We know that when towns invest in bicycle infrastructure, people will ride more -- the number of people traveling by bicycle increases when there is infrastructure to make traveling by bike safe and easy."  For more information, please visit www.americabikes.org/nyc_study_finds_protected_bicycle_lanes_boost_local_business.   

 

About Us
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.

 

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