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 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

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August 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
August 2, 3 p.m.

Air Quality Subcommittee
August 11, 10 a.m.

Technical Advisory Committee
August 18, 10 a.m.

Joint WILMAPCO and DelDOT Public Workshop 

August 29, 4 - 7 p.m.

 

Public Advisory Committee
August 29, 7 p.m.

Visit WILMAPCO's Exhibit Table at the Following Events:  

 

55+ Expo 

August 4, 9-3 p.m.
Elkton HS

 

Southbridge Community Day

August 13, 12-4 p.m. Elbert-Palmer Elementary School,
For more info email Rasheema Dixon at  rdixon@uwde.org.

 

Middletown Peach Festival 

August 20, 9-5 p.m.

Middletown, DE 

  

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

 

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WILMAPCO News

Member Agency News

Local News   

National News

 

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TIPWorkshopProposed Amendments for FY 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

You are invited to comment on proposed amendments to WILMAPCO's Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for fiscal years 2012-2015; the proposal will be available for public review through September 1.  

 

The TIP provides federal funding for transportation projects, and these amendments will make the TIP consistent with available state funding based on the Delaware Bond Bill. While few new projects have been added, overall funding has increased.  The amended document totals $2.26 billion, nearly a 5% increase from its current funding level.  

 

Proposed amendments to the New Castle County portion of the TIP include $12 million to relocate the Mid-County DMV and $200,000 to make the Claymont Train Station more handicapped accessible.  Existing projects such as the Newark Regional Transportation Center and the Christiana Mall Road Bridge have gained funds.  Various bridge preservation projects, non-motorized facilities, and safety and capacity improvements also remain funded, along with major projects such as the I-95 and US 202 Interchange, the US 301 Realignment, and rail improvements along the northeast corridor from Newark to Wilmington.   

 

The Cecil County element of the TIP also includes funding increases for bridge preservation, and the Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) and Taxi Voucher Programs.  Other proposed amendments will result in several projects losing funding and/or extending the construction competition date. 

 

You are invited to attend a joint WILMAPCO and DelDOT public workshop on August 29, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., to learn about the proposed amendments and provide feedback. The workshop will be held at WILMAPCO.   

 

For those unable to attend, a virtual workshop will be available at www.wilmapco.org/tip. Those wishing to comment on the proposed TIP amendments can:

  • Mail comments to WILMAPCO at 850 Library Ave., Suite 100, Newark, DE 19711
  • Attend the August 29 public workshop  
  • Attend the September 8 Council Meeting, 6:30 p.m., at WILMAPCO, to speak during the public comment period
  • Email comments to wilmapco@wilmapco.org 

For more information about the proposed TIP amendments, please visit www.wilmapco.org/tip or call WILMAPCO at 302-737-6205, or 888-808-7088 toll-free from Cecil County.

 

CecilBikePlanCecil County Bicycle Plan Kicks-off
During the development of the Elkton Bicycle Plan, several bicycling issues emerged at the Countywide level. As result, WILMAPCO is now working with Cecil County Planning and Zoning, Maryland's Departments of Transportation, Planning, and State Highway Administration, Cecil County Towns, stakeholders, and citizens to develop the Cecil County Bike Plan.

Development of the plan will be guided by an advisory committee, which gathered for a kick-off meeting in June. It is anticipated the plan will take 18 months to complete. The public outreach strategy will include using the town's committees to build support and reach residents, along with websites, focus groups, and open house workshops.

It's been close to a decade since the Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Master Plan was adopted. The Master Plan outlined recommendations for all the counties across the state. The Cecil County Bike Plan will re-examine and update those recommendations for Cecil County, and identify where further bike investments should be directed.  

 

The Bike Plan objectives include identifying gaps in the system and linking bicycling to other modes. Most importantly the plan will work in tandem with the goals and objectives already established in Cecil County's latest Comprehensive Plan.  

 

The final product will include maps depicting bicycle networks, parking facilities, key destinations, and transit connections.  It will also include education programs, proposed projects, implementation strategies, community involvement techniques, connections with other agencies and plans, and potential funding sources to implement recommendations. For more information or to participate in the advisory committee, go to www.wilmapco.org/bikececil.

 

 

trainMember Agency News

ServiceChangeDART First State Bus Service Changes
On July 17, Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) announced two changes to bus service effective immediately.

  • All routes originally proposed for switching to Shipley Street are now remaining at Rodney Square and will have minor time changes to reduce the number of buses at Rodney Square at one time.
  • A new bus route from Wilmington to Delaware City.  The one-year pilot service is made available through the DNREC Community Environmental Project Fund, and will bring bus service from Wilmington to Delaware City for the first time in forty years. This project comes out of the Delaware City Transportation Plan, developed by WILMAPCO in 2009.

For more information on these and other service changes, please visit www.DartFirstState.com.

 

car graphicLocal News

 

PhilaPikePhiladelphia Pike Pre-Construction Meeting

The Claymont Business Owners Association is sponsoring a workshop on July 28, at 6:30 p.m., at the Claymont Community Center (3301 Green Street) to discuss the Claymont Transportation Plan and details of construction plans for the project.  The project includes:

  • Between Harvey Road and Governor Printz Boulevard: Two 11 foot wide travel lanes with a 12 foot wide continuous two way left turn lane. A five foot wide bike lane would be added on both sides and the existing shoulder/parking lane would remain. The proposed improvements would be contained within the existing roadway footprint.
  • Between Governor Printz Boulevard and Darley Road: Four 10 foot wide travel lanes with the addition of left turn lanes at Manor Avenue and Darley Avenue. A 5 foot wide bike lane would be added on both sides. Shoulder/parking lanes would be included where feasible.

DelDOT staff will be on-hand to discuss the project timeline and how the project will effect traffic and parking during and after construction.  Roadwork is to scheduled to begin this September.  For more information, please visit www.deldot.gov/information/projects/claymont_trans/index.shtml.

 

SmartCyclingSmart Cycling: Traffic Skills 101

The Smart Cycling: Traffic Skills 101 course is being offered by White Clay Bicycling Club (WCBC).  League of American Bicyclist (LAB) Instructors Tom and Cindy Mannis, Paul Hess, and John and Ceci McCormick will instruct the course. This nine-hour program will be held on Friday, September 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, September 17, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., at WILMAPCO, 850 Library Ave., Newark, DE.

Participants will receive the classroom and road instruction including: bicycle selection and fit, bicycle maintenance, clothing and equipment, bicycle drills (emergency maneuvers), lane position, and principles of traffic law. The cost is $30.00 for WCBC members and $50.00 for non-members. 

 

For registration information, please email Paul at pehess@comcast.net, call (302) 897-7311, or visit http://www.whiteclaybicycleclub.org/.  The class may be capped at 25 students so please respond promptly.

 

DoverKentDover/Kent MPO has a New Executive Director
After 17 years, Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Director Juanita Wieczoreck is retiring from the organization. The MPO Council hired Rich Vetter as the new executive director.  Vetter comes from the engineering and consulting firm, Rummel, Klepper & Kahl where he was a project engineer. There, he managed staff and project budgets, developed transportation planning alternatives and solutions, engineering design projects and managed communication and coordination with public, local, and state governments on a variety of transportation planning projects. For more information, visit http://www.doverpost.com/business_news/x633526914/MPO-executive-director-retires-Vetter-hired-as-replacement.

TravelTrainerAssociation of Travel Trainers Conference

The Association of Travel Instruction, whose members teach persons with disabilities and seniors how to use public transportation safely and independently, is pleased to announce that its Eleventh Annual Conference will be held from Thursday, August 11 to Sunday, August 14, at the Holiday Inn Historic District in Philadelphia. This conference is recommended for travel trainers, mobility managers, and other persons interested in greater use of public transit by all disabled individuals and seniors. Presentations include how to teach safe street crossings in complex urban environments; current practices for effective travel training of seniors; and, preparing newly-hired travel trainers.  For more information, please visit www.travelinstruction.org or email moakley@unitedspinal.org

 

bikeNational News

PedStudyPedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure: A National Study of Employment Impacts
This new study from the University of Massachusetts compared the employment impacts of building transportation infrastructure for bicyclists, pedestrians, and automobiles in 11 cities in the United States. Pedestrian and bicycle projects produced an average of 10 to 11 jobs for each one million dollars spent, while automobile-only road projects produced the least number of jobs, averaging 8 jobs for each one million dollars spent. To download the entire guide, please visit:
www.peri.umass.edu/fileadmin/pdf/published_study/PERI_ABikes_June2011.pdf.

ARRARecovery Act Funding Used for Transportation Infrastructure Projects
According to a June 2011 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) "nearly $45 billion (about 95 percent) of Recovery Act transportation funds had been obligated for over 15,000 projects nationwide, and more than $28 billion had been expended. Recipients continue to report using Recovery Act funds to improve the nation's transportation infrastructure. Highway funds have been primarily used for pavement improvement projects, and transit funds have been primarily used to upgrade transit facilities and purchase buses. Recovery Act funds have also been used to rehabilitate airport runways and improve Amtrak's infrastructure." For more information, please visit
http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d11600high.pdf.

PlacemakingPlacemaking: How to Engage your Transportation Agency
The Transportation program at Project for Public Spaces is overseen by Gary Toth, who spent 34 years as an engineer and manager at NJDOT. In 2008, he distilled those years of experience into the book, "How to Engage Your Transportation Agency."

The book describes how a citizen can initiate a project or address an existing problem. It also describes the phases of project development, long range planning, and the programming of the transportation improvement program in layman's terms.

To download "How to Engage Your Transportation Agency," please visit
http://www.pps.org/pdf/bookstore/How_to_Engage_Your_Transportation_Agency_AARP.pdf.

SRTSSRTS National Partnership Releases its New Local Policy Guide
According to a June 22nd news release, "The Safe Routes to School National Partnership has announced the release of a new publication entitled Safe Routes to School Local Policy Guide. The Local Policy Guide was published to help local communities and schools create, enact, and implement policies which will support active and healthy community environments. The Guide highlights strategies to advance policy change and covers more than 20 policy change examples including: regional transportation plans, Complete Streets, fine based mechanisms, school bonds, crossing guards, health impact assessments, joint-use agreements, speed limits, and more." To download the guide, please visit
www.saferoutespartnership.org/media/file/Local_Policy_Guide_2011.pdf.

SRTSConfThird Safe Routes to School National Conference

The 3rd Safe Routes to School (SRTS) National Conference will be held from August 16 through 19, in Minneapolis, MN.  The Conference is presented by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.  Transportation professionals, SRTS advocates, program representatives, elected officials, and community members will connect with colleagues to discuss ideas, resources, projects, and noteworthy practices to enhance work that is creating healthier kids and communities.  For more information, please visit http://www.saferoutesconference.org/about.

Visualization2011 International Visualization in Transportation Symposium
Transportation Research Board (TRB) is sponsoring 2011 International Visualization in Transportation Symposium from August 20 to 23, in Chicago, Illinois. The symposium is designed to highlight improving technologies and methods, feature case studies or successful practices, and illuminate the expanding role of visualization in transportation planning, design, construction, maintenance, and data management, and analysis. For more information, please visit http://www.trbvis.org/SYMPOSIUM-2011/Overview.html.

ICOETInternational Conference on Ecology and Transportation
The International Conference on Ecology and Transportation (ICOET) will be held from August 21 through 25, in Seattle, WA.  ICOET is a multi-disciplinary, inter-agency event conducted biennially to identify and share quality research applications and best management practices that address wildlife, habitat, and ecosystem issues related to the delivery of surface transportation systems. The Federal Highway Administration is lead sponsor of ICOET. Additional support comes from several federal, state, university, nongovernmental, and corporate organizations. The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) at North Carolina State University is a co-sponsor and lead conference organizer for ICOET. For more information, please visit http://www.icoet.net/ICOET_2011/index.asp.

EJConf2011 Environmental Justice Conference: One Community - One Environment
The 2011 Environmental Justice Conference: One Community - One Environment will be held from August 23 through 26, in Detroit, Michigan.  Community-based organizations, indigenous organizations, community members, advocates, city/county/state governments, colleges/universities, faith-based organizations, businesses and other stakeholders interested in learning about opportunities to work towards environmental justice in their communities should attend this conference.  For more information, please visit http://www.cleanairinfo.com/ejconference/.

RuralConfNational Rural Transportation Conference
The National Rural Transportation Conference will be held from August 24 through 26, in Washington, DC.  The conference will bring together transportation, regional planning, and economic development professionals together with local officials, state DOT staff, and stakeholders from rural and small metropolitan areas across the nation for three days of learning and networking with peers. Through training sessions, workshops, and facilitated discussions, participants will gain practical information on a variety of topics. For more information, please visit http://www.nado.org/training/rpo2011/.

MobilityEmerging Issues in Safe and Sustainable Mobility for Older People
Transportation Research Board's (TRB) Emerging Issues in Safe and Sustainable Mobility for Older People conference will be held from August 30 through September 1, in Washington, DC. This conference will bring together scientists from around the world for presentations and discussions on the latest research findings on the mobility and independence of older adults. The conference will create an opportunity for policy makers, researchers, industry partners, and state agencies to openly discuss current issues and possible solutions to barriers surrounding safe and sustainable mobility for older adults.  For more information, please visit http://www.cvent.com/events/emerging-issues-in-safe-and-sustainable-mobility-for-older-people/event-summary-249abaa49e1d437e9538a83830789c11.aspx.

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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