News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)
Draft 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
- Village of Marshallton Circulation Study
- Sea-level Rise Transportation Vulnerability
- Cecil County Bicycle Plan
- Newark Transportation Plan
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (302) 737-6205.
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:
more information about the AQP's Ozone Season Kickoff Event, please
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.
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
- how many items and documents are given away
- how many names and addresses are in our
- how many read the E-news each year
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
- 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.
Member Agency News
Public Forums Hosted by
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.
Public Workshop - Mill Creek Road and Stoney Batter Road Intersection
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.
Public Workshop - Route 52 & Route 82 Intersection
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.
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.
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/.
Maryland 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.
DelDOT and Department of Education Partner For
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.
RideShare 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
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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
Third Central Maryland
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.
Harford 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.
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.
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/.
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.
Webinar on Climate Change Adaptation
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.
2011 National Planning
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
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/.
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.
Study Identifies Top 15 Metro Regions Leading in Transportation
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.
New Bicycle and Pedestrian
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.
PBIC Launches New Bike to
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
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
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
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
Getting 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.
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.
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.