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 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

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April 2011
E-NEWS

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, call  302-737-6205 x110 for cancellations or postponements.      


Nonmotorized Transportation Working Group
April 5, 3:00 p.m.

Air Quality Subcommittee
April 7, 10:00 a.m.

Data and Demographics Subcommittee
April 14, 10:00 a.m.

Congestion Management Subcommittee
April 14, 1:00 p.m.

Public Advisory Committee
April 18, 7:00 p.m.

Technical Advisory Committee
April 21, 10:00 a.m.
 

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

In this issue...

WILMAPCO News

Member Agency News

Local News   

National News

 

walker  WILMAPCO News

 

UPWPDraft FY 2012 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)  Available for Public Comment
Every year, with input from its member agencies, WILMAPCO develops its work program and budget called the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP).  The UPWP details the transportation studies and tasks to be performed during the upcoming fiscal year.

Proposed activities include:

  • Transit Feasibility Study for the town of Port Deposit
  • Village of Marshallton Circulation Study
  • Sea-level Rise Transportation Vulnerability Assessment
  • Cecil County Bicycle Plan
  • Newark Transportation Plan  

Interested citizens and organizations are invited to review and provide written comments on the Draft UPWP from Wednesday, April 6, to Tuesday, May 10.  The document will be available during the public comment period at WILMAPCO's office or online at www.wilmapco.org/upwp. For more information, to comment, or to request a hard copy, please contact wilmapco@wilmapco.org or call (302) 737-6205.     

 

OzoneKickoffOzone Season Kickoff Event

The Air Quality Partnership (AQP) of Delaware will kick-start its 2011 Ozone Action Season at the Delaware Solid Waste Authority's 11th Annual Earth Day Festival on April 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Organizations and vendors will be on-hand with ideas on how to become a better environmental steward. The AQP will hold its Ozone Action Season Kickoff at noon. Admission and parking for the festival are free to the public. Dr. Karyl Rattay, Director of the Delaware Division of Public Health will speak about air quality impacts on our health.  For more information about the Earth Day festival, visit the DSWA's Web site: www.DSWA.com. For more information about the AQP's Ozone Season Kickoff Event, please visit www.wilmapco.org/aqp. 

   

BikeSummitSurveyDE Bike Summit Survey  

The Third Annual Delaware Bike Summit will be held on October 14.  The Summit will be held at the University of Delaware's Virden Center in Lewes, Delaware, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  To help ensure that the summit is tailored to meet the specific needs of its participants a brief survey has been created. Click the following link to take the survey: 2011 DE Bike Summit Survey.

 

PublicOutreachEvalWILMAPCO's 2010 Public Outreach Evaluation

Each year WILMAPCO evaluates the effectiveness of its public outreach. A few of the items we track include:

 

  • how many community events and festivals attended (41) 
  • how many items and documents are given away (3,060) 
  • how many names and addresses are in our database (5,032) 
  • how many read the E-news each year (3,029) 

We also set outreach targets.  Some of our targets include:

 

  • increasing our mailing list by 3% to 5%
  • increasing web hits by 3% to 5%
  • participation in at least 2 transportation-related events
  • increasing the number of comments received on draft documents by 3% to 5%
  • increase familiarity with WILMAPCO in our annual public opinion survey by 3% to 5%

In 2010 we achieved many of our targets.  We saw a 6% increase in the numbers of addresses in our database.  We also saw an 18% increase in those receiving the E-news, and a 69% increase in the number reading the E-news.  We presented various reports and studies to more than 50 organizations and community groups.  We helped to arrange 5 conferences and participated in more than 20 others.  As a result of our public outreach efforts, we saw a 60% increase in the number of comments received on draft documents.  Overall, we set 31 targets and met 27 of them.  For more information about WILMAPCO's public outreach program, please visit www.wilmapco.org/participation.

 

 

trainMember Agency News

MDPPublic Forums Hosted by MDP
The Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) has scheduled a series of open house public workshops as part of the next phase of public outreach for a State Growth Plan known as PlanMaryland. The first Open House will be held on April 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the University of Maryland College Park.  MDP will hold eight Open Houses throughout the state to share ideas about how to make PlanMaryland work.  Attendees will be given the opportunity to learn about the draft Plan and provide comments on the draft Plan. For more information, please visit http://plan.maryland.gov/getInvolved/PublicForumsSchedule2011.shtml.

 

DelDOTWorkshopDelDOT Public Workshop - Mill Creek Road and Stoney Batter Road Intersection

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is holding a Public Workshop to present proposed roadway improvements to the Mill Creek Road and Stoney Batter Road intersection. The workshop will be held on March 28, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Thomas McKean High School. Proposed improvements include the reconstruction of the Stoney Batter Road and Mill Creek Road intersection. The project will address operational and safety issues by realigning the intersection to improve traffic flow. For more information, please visit www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicNotice&id=3738&month=3&year=2011.  

 

DelDOT52WorkshopDelDOT Public Workshop - Route 52 & Route 82 Intersection  

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has announced a public workshop for proposed safety improvements to the Route 52 & Route 82 intersection. The workshop will be held on April 20, at the A.I. duPont High School, 50 Hillside Road, Greenville. The public is invited to attend any time between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. There are currently two project alternatives; both include a separate left turn lane to address the high number of rear end accidents. The proposed improvements have been refined since the original public workshop on February 24, 2009, through input of stakeholders in the area, including consistency with scenic byway goals and guidelines. Attendees will be able to view and discuss the two alternate intersection improvements at Route 52 & Route 82.  For more information, please visit www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicNotice&id=3798&month=3&year=2011.   

 

NCCPlanSurveyNew Castle County Comprehensive Plan Update Survey 

New Castle County is currently updating its five-year Comprehensive Development Plan, and is seeking input by residents through short surveys. Please help New Castle County by participating in this process and providing your input. To take the surveys, please visit http://projects.jmt.com/new-castle-county-comprehensive-plan/public-involvement.aspx. The surveys can be found in the left hand column.  

 

DatatrendsDevelopment Trends Data Collection
The Delaware Office of State Planning Coordination has published a new collection of development application and building permit data from the 60 local governments that make the land-use decisions in Delaware. The Development Trends data collection includes data showing residential and non-residential development application approvals and building permits issued in 2008 and 2009. The data are also presented using Google Earth. For more information, please visit http://stateplanning.delaware.gov/information/development_trends/.

MDStudentTravelMaryland Statewide Student Travel Policy Survey
The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced the Maryland Statewide Student Travel Policy Survey. A primary goal of the survey is to provide State officials with an understanding of the policies and practices governing walking and biking at individual schools and within entire school systems. The survey identified a number of challenges that stand in the way of walking and biking to school and developed a series of recommendations to address those challenges. The Survey reports that nationally only 16% of current students (ages 5-18) walk or bike to school. At the same time, the U.S. Center for Disease Control reports that obesity among children aged 6 to 11 has tripled since the early 1980s. The complete Maryland Statewide Student Travel Policy Survey can be viewed at www.mdot.maryland.gov/Planning/Bicycle/Documents/School_Survey_Report.pdf.

BridgeTourDelDOT and Department of Education Partner For Unique Learning

Opportunity
Students from any school in Delaware are invited to tour the Indian River Inlet Bridge construction site during the last year of major construction. The site tours are two hours and consist of a 40-45 minute PowerPoint presentation where students learn about the bridge building process, including how math, science and technology are used daily to build the massive structure. During the tour, students will also have the opportunity to don hard hats and safety vests as they walk around the construction site of one the biggest cable stay bridges on the East Coast. Teachers or administrators interested in learning more about site tours or scheduling one, can go online to www.irib.deldot.gov, and click on Site Tours to submit a request.

RideShareDERideShare Delaware's New Interactive Ridematching and Commute Tracking Database
DART's RideShare Delaware has announced a new interactive ridematching and commute tracking database.  The new platform allows you direct access to finding ridematch partners, logging and tracking your clean commute, updating your profile in real time, transit information, and much more.

This new ridematching system will provide emission tracking software to calculate and report carbon dioxide emission from carpoolers, transit riders, vanpoolers, bicyclists, and people who walk to work. This information will help our commuters see how their clean commute reduces the costs of their trip to the office, and also quantify how they are positively impacting the region's air quality by sharing the ride.

To find out more information about RideShare Delaware's employer and commuter programs, call 1.888.RIDE.MATCH (1-888-743-3628) or email sean_saffle@ridesharedelaware.org.

 

bikeLocal News

BrownfieldsBrownfields 2011 Conference
The Brownfields 2011 Conference will be held from April 3 to 5 in Philadelphia, PA.  The Conference will provide a forum for training, research, and technical assistance to communities to facilitate the inventory of brownfield sites, assessment, and remediation of brownfields sites, community involvement, and the green and sustainable revitalization of brownfields and contaminated sites.  For more information, please visit www.brownfields2011.org.

IPCCIPCC's Pachauri to Discuss Sustainable Development in Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) Dialogue Series
Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will be the featured speaker in the DENIN Dialogue Series at 7:30 p.m., April 6, at the University of Delaware Mitchell Hall.  The DENIN Dialogue Series is a semiannual lecture series sponsored by DENIN that brings experts of international renown in environmental research and policy to address the public at UD's Newark campus. For more information, please visit http://denin.udel.edu/news/april-6-ipccs-pachauri-discuss-sustainable-development-denin-dialogue-series.

TransActionTransAction 2011

The annual New Jersey Transportation Conference and Expo - TransAction 2011 will be held at the Tropicanna Hotel, Casino and Conference Center, Atlantic City, NJ from April 6 to 8. TransAction 2011 will feature 65 workshop sessions specializing in bus, rail, roads, bridges, goods movement, pedestrian/bicycle, paratransit, community transportation, ports, and much more. For more information, please visit www.njtransactionconf.com/.

MDTransportationSummitThird Central Maryland Transportation Summit
The Central Maryland Regional Transit Corporation (CMRT), with assistance from a number of public and private organizations throughout central Maryland, is hosting its third Transportation Summit. The theme of this year's summit is "Regionalizing Transit in Mid-Maryland" and will be held on April 7, at the BWI Holiday Inn in Linthicum, MD.

This summit will be both informative and interactive. The day will include a case study, panel discussion, keynote, and luncheon addresses. The vital component of the summit will be working breakout sessions where participants will be able to "roll up their sleeves" and focus on opportunities for creating a stronger regional approach to transportation in Mid-Maryland. For more information, please visit www.cmrtransit.org/newsandupdates.html.

HartfordmeetingHarford County Public Meeting
The Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning is seeking public input on the update of the County's Master Plan and Land Use Element Plan. A workshop will be conducted at Harford Community College. The session will focus on identifying strategies that will address issues brought forth by citizens at a recent Land Use Plan kick-off meeting and through the Department's online community.  For more information, please visit www.harfordcountymd.gov/Press.cfm?PressID=3205.

SustainabilyConferenceLocal Sustainability Conference

Join the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Sierra Club Maryland Chapter for the first-ever Local Sustainability Conference for local governments in Maryland.  This is a unique opportunity for local government staff, elected officials, academic researchers, and other sustainability professionals in Maryland to network and to learn about the recent trends and innovations in building sustainable communities in Maryland. The Conference will be held on April 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Arlington Echo Outdoor Educational Center, 975 Indian Landing Road, Millersville, MD.  For more information, please visit http://shopdnr.com/sustainability.aspx. 

  

StreetfilmsStreetfilms: Success Stories in Transit-Oriented Development From New Jersey
In Streetfilms' latest video, Tri-State Campaign's Kate Slevin and NJ Future's Pete Kasabach explains some of the factors behind the success of transit-oriented development in northern New Jersey. The film is the first in a multi-part series called "Moving Beyond the Automobile." The result is an active street life, many billions of dollars in residential and commercial investment around transit, and neighborhoods where as few as 40 percent of households own a car.  To view the film, please visit http://blog.tstc.org/2011/02/16/streetfilms-success-stories-in-transit-oriented-development-from-nj/.

 

 

car graphicWebinarNational News

 

 Webinar: Preventing Roadway Fatalities and Injuries (Part 4)
The American Public Health Association (APHA) has launched a four-part webinar series addressing the impact of transportation systems on health outcomes. The next  webinar will be held on April 5.  The series highlights innovative state and local programs that leverage opportunities in transportation that benefit health, and explains what the future may hold for the federal surface transportation authorization.  For more information, please visit www.smartgrowth.org/engine/events.php/webinar-preventing-roadway-fatalities-and.  

 

TRBWebinarTRB Webinar on Climate Change Adaptation  

State departments of transportation are modifying their planning efforts and practices to adapt to the effects of climate change on facilities and operations. Transportation providers are seeking to learn what other states and regions are doing to address these issues. This webinar is the second of a two-part webinar, and will explore activities that are being undertaken by two state departments of transportation to adapt to climate change. Officials from the California Department of Transportation will provide an overview of the state's adaptation planning efforts, efforts to coordinate activities, and future perspectives. Officials from the Michigan Department of Transportation will explore how they are incorporating adaptation practices in planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance.For more information, please visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/273349937. For information on Part 1, please visit http://bit.ly/TRBWebinar-ClimateChangeAdaptation1

 

APAConf2011 National Planning Conference

The American Planning Association (APA) will hold the 2011 National Planning Conference from April 9-12, in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center. This 4-day conference offers a wide variety of lectures, short learning sessions, guest speakers, mobile workshops, and research projects. For the full program and registration information, please visit www.planning.org/conference/index.htm

 

StreetsasPlacesStreets as Places Training Seminar

To address the issue of how streets are impacting communities, Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is offering Streets as Places, a two-day training seminar about how to redefine transportation and streets to build communities, not simply move cars. The seminar will be held from April 28-29, in New York City. Presentations and discussions will focus on policy, design, community process, and implementation strategies, all of which will emphasize how participants can work within their community to influence the creation of their transportation system.  For more information, please visit www.pps.org/store/training-sessions/streets-as-places-april-28-29-2011/.  

 

SAFETTLUSAFETEA-LU Extended Through End of Fiscal Year
President Obama has signed the Surface Transportation Extension Act. The extension allows construction projects to move forward and workers to keep working in lieu of delays with passing a new transportation bill. Congress is working on a multi-year program and plans to have it completed by August.  

 

TransInnovationNew Study Identifies Top 15 Metro Regions Leading in Transportation Innovation
The Smarter Cities project of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has released a transportation study identifying metropolitan regions with the nation's leading transportation policies and practices. The study compares U.S. regions based on public transit availability, use and cost; household automobile ownership and use; and innovative, sustainable transportation programs. To view the study, please visit http://smartercities.nrdc.org/topic/transportation/americas-smartest-regions-transportation.

PedBikeCurriculumNew Bicycle and Pedestrian Curricula Guide
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership has announced the release of a new publication called Bicycle and Pedestrian Curricula Guide: Making the Case for Bicycle and Pedestrian Youth Education.  The guide, created through a contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is intended to give Safe Routes to School practitioners, teachers, school administrators, and others the necessary background information to fully understand the positive benefits of teaching bicycle and pedestrian education in the classroom, and to provide these audiences with easy access to currently available curricula. For more information, please visit www.saferoutespartnership.org/publications/CurriculaGuide.

 

PBICPBIC Launches New Bike to Work Website
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) has launched a new website containing resources and guidance on commuting by bike throughout the year. The site provides resources for beginner and advanced bicycle commuters and to others who want to promote bike commuting. Visit the site to find downloads for event organizers, tips for individual riders, facts for the news media, as well as information for employers and sponsors.  For more information, please visit is www.biketoworkinfo.org/.  

 

GasPricesPotential Impact of Gasoline Price on Public Transportation Ridership Study 

A study released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) predicts that as gasoline prices continue to increase, Americans will turn to public transportation in record numbers.

 

According to the report: 

  • If regular gas prices reach $4 a gallon, experts have forecasted, an additional 670 million passenger trips could be expected, resulting in more than 10.8 billion trips per year.

 

  • If pump prices jump to $5 a gallon, an additional 1.5 billion passenger trips can be expected, resulting in more than 11.6 billion trips per year.

 

  • If prices soar to $6 a gallon, we could see as high as an additional 2.7 billion passenger trips, resulting in more than 12.9 billion trips per year

To view the study, please visit
www.apta.com/resources/reportsandpublications/Documents/APTA_Effect_of_Gas_Price_Increase_2011.pdf.

 

EJGetting Around When You're Just Getting By: The Travel Behavior and Transportation Expenditures of Low-Income Adults
How much do people with limited resources pay for cars, public transit, and other means of travel? How does their transportation behavior change during periods of falling employment rates and rising fuel prices? The Mineta Transportation Institute has released a report that answers these questions. The research uses in-depth interviews with 73 adults to examine how rising transportation costs affect low-income families. To view the report, please visit www.transweb.sjsu.edu/MTIportal/research/publications/documents/2806_10-02.pdf.   

 

DistractedDriversDistracted Drivers Video

On July 17, 2009, 21-year-old Casey Feldman was struck and killed by a distracted driver as she crossed the street in Ocean City, New Jersey. To honor her memory, Casey's family and friends produced this video for the U.S. Department of Transportation's "Faces of Distracted Driving" series. To watch the video, please visit http://walkbikeberks.blogspot.com/2011/02/faces-of-distracted-driving.html

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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