News from the Wilmington
Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)
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
Transportation Working Group
August 2, 3 p.m.
August 11, 10 a.m.
August 18, 10 a.m.
Joint WILMAPCO and DelDOT Public
August 29, 4 - 7 p.m.
August 29, 7 p.m.
Exhibit Table at the Following Events:
August 4, 9-3 p.m.
August 13, 12-4
p.m. Elbert-Palmer Elementary School,
For more info email Rasheema Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 20, 9-5
For updates or more
information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit www.wilmapco.org.
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.
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
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
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
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:
comments to WILMAPCO at 850 Library Ave., Suite 100, Newark, DE
the August 29 public workshop
the September 8 Council Meeting, 6:30 p.m., at WILMAPCO, to speak
during the public comment period
comments to email@example.com
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.
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
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.
Member Agency News
First State Bus Service Changes
On July 17, Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) announced two changes to
bus service effective immediately.
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.
Pike Pre-Construction Meeting
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.
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
information, please email Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (302) 897-7311,
or visit http://www.whiteclaybicycleclub.org/.
The class may be capped at 25 students so please respond promptly.
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.
Association of Travel Trainers
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 email@example.com.
Pedestrian 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:
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
Placemaking: How to Engage your Transportation
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/.
National 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/.
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.
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.