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Transportation
 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

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February
 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

February 1, 3 p.m.

 

Air Quality Subcommittee 
February 10, 10 a.m.

 

Public Workshop
Perryville TOD and Greenway Plan
February 10, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Perryville Town Hall.
 

Data and Demographics Subcommittee

February 14, 10 a.m.

 

Technical Advisory Committee

February 17, 10 a.m.

 

Congestion Management Subcommittee

February 17, 1 p.m.
 

Public Workshop
Transportation Improvement Program
 
February 28, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
 

Public Advisory Committee

February 28, 7 p.m.
 
WILMAPCO will be closed on February 7 for Lincoln's Birthday and February 21 for Washington's Birthday.

 

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

In this issue...

WILMAPCO News

         Transportation Improvement Program - Public Workshop

         WILMAPCO Joins Facebook

Member Agency News

Local News  

National News

         FTA Awards National Parks, Forests, Wildlife Refuges $27 Million for Alternative Transportation

 

walkerWILMAPCO News

PerryvillePerryville Transit Oriented Development and Greenway Plan 

A second Open House Workshop to review draft plans for Transit Oriented Development (TOD), and facilities for walking and bicycling in Perryville has been scheduled for February 10, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Perryville Train Station, 650 Broad Street, Perryville, MD. 

 

Draft plans have been developed based on community input and technical analysis done during the past several months. Your input is needed to develop final recommendations. TOD recommendations focus around the historic downtown, train station, town hall, and waterfront areas while walking and bicycling recommendations address connections throughout the town .

 

During this interactive event, learn what makes transit-oriented communities successful and discuss your ideas, concerns, and objectives. What type of future development can best enhance Perryville; which services and facilities are most needed; what transportation improvements will give safe, appealing travel choices; and how can public art, landscaping, and infrastructure nurture Perryville as a desirable place to live, work, and play? For more information, please visit www.wilmapco.org/perryville.

 

Perryville Public Workshop

February 10, 2011, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Perryville Train Station

650 Broad Street, Perryville, MD 21903

 

TIPTransportation Improvement Program - Public Workshop

Approximately $2.1 billion dollars of anticipated transportation projects are proposed in a new draft transportation program. The draft FY 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for New Castle County, Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland is a four-year listing of transportation priorities and projects based upon available funding. Projects are drawn from recommendations in the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).

 

The public comment period runs through Wednesday, March 2, 2011. The public may also review and comment on the proposed TIP at a public workshop on Monday, February 28, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at WILMAPCO, hosted by WILMAPCO and DelDOT. The draft TIP and workshop materials are also available for comment at www.wilmapco.org/tip; print versions are available at WILMAPCO's office or can be mailed upon request.

 

Comments about the TIP may be submitted online at www.wilmapco.org/tip, in writing to Wilmington Area Planning Council, 850 Library Avenue, Suite 100, Newark, DE 19703, by fax to 302-737-9584, or by e-mail to wilmapco@wilmapco.org. For more information on the TIP, contact Heather Dunigan at hdunigan@wilmapco.org, or call (302)737-6205 ext. 118. 

 

FacebookWILMAPCO Joins Facebook

WILMAPCO's has joined Facebook.  We will be posting information about our events, programs, and news on site.  Become a fan and help to promote the page!  To view WILMAPCO's Facebook page, please visit  www.facebook.com/Wilmington-Area-Planning-Council.

 

trainMember Agency News
TransTrustFundTransportation Trust Fund Task Force - Public Meeting
 
In response to serious funding shortfalls, Delaware's Transportation Trust Fund Task Force is charged with exploring, examining, and evaluating the resource needs for the Capital Transportation Program.  The Task Force also is charged with studying the issues and potential effects of requiring the Department of Transportation to determine the funding allocations and project prioritization for those projects traditionally funded in the Community Transportation Fund (CTF) category.  The next Transportation Trust Fund Task Force public meeting will be held on February 1, at DelDOT Administration Building, 800 South Bay Road, Dover, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information, please visit http://deldot.gov/information/community_programs_and_services/ttf_task_force/.

PosterContest11th Annual Transit Theme Poster Contest
 
DART First State invites your child in grade 6 through 12, to participate in the Annual Transit Theme Poster Contest.  This year's theme is "Bike To The Bus."  Students are asked to create a poster illustrating the benefits of linking public transit and bicycling.  Winners will receive an award certificate and gifts from DART First State's business partners.  For more information and contest rules, please visit www.DartFirstState.com.
 
ElktonRdDelDOT Construction Informational Session
 Elkton Road - Casho Mill Road to Delaware Avenue

The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has announced an informational session on construction activities for improvements to Elkton Road from Casho Mill Road to Delaware Avenue. The public is invited to attend any time on Tuesday, February 22, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The session will be held at City of Newark Council Chambers, 220 Elkton Road, Newark.  For more information, please visit www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicNotice&id=3599&month=2&year=2011.
 

RezoningCecil County Comprehensive Rezoning

In order to achieve the goals and objectives of the Cecil County Comprehensive Plan adopted on April 13, 2010, the Cecil County Office of Planning & Zoning has initiated a comprehensive rezoning of all properties located in the unincorporated areas of Cecil County.  As part of the Comprehensive Rezoning process, new zoning maps, a new Zoning Ordinance, and new Subdivision Regulations will ultimately be adopted by the Board of County Commissioners. The Planning Commission will hold public hearings regarding the proposed zoning maps, Zoning Ordinance, and Subdivision Regulations in February.

  • Residents of Election Districts 1, 2, and 3 (Cecilton, Earleville, Warwick, Chesapeake City and Elkton) should attend om February 2, at 7 p.m., in the Elk Room of the County Administration Building (200 Chesapeake Blvd, Elkton, MD 21921)
  • Residents of Election Districts 4, 5, and 9 (Elkton, Fair Hill, North East, Charlestown, and Calvert) should attend on February 9,  7 p.m., in the Elk Room of the County Administration Building (200 Chesapeake Blvd, Elkton, MD 21921)
  • Residents of Election Districts 6, 7, and 8 (Perryville, Port Deposit, Rising Sun, and Conowingo) should attend on February 16, at 7p.m., in the Elk Room of the County Administration Building (200 Chesapeake Blvd, Elkton, MD 21921)

For more information, please visit

www.ccgov.org/dept_planning/ComprehensiveRezoning.cfm.

 

bikeLocal News
EstuaryDelaware Estuary and Science and Environmental Summit
 
This three-day meeting will be held from January 30 to February 2, at the Grand Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey.  The conference theme is "Connections-Land to Sea, Shore to Shore & Science to Outreach,"  and seeks to create more effective partnerships among scientists, outreach specialists, resource managers, and others with an interest in the prosperity of the Delaware Estuary.  For more information, please visit www.delawareestuary.org/news_pde_science_conference.asp.

 

BikeSymposiumMaryland Bicycle Symposium
The Maryland Bicycle Symposium will take place Tuesday, February 22,  from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Annapolis. The Symposium aims to educate and empower advocates and attendees, identify common issues in local communities, set priorities for improving the future of bicycling in Maryland, and demonstrate the economic impact of the state's bicycling community.  For more information, please visit http://bikemd.org/page.php?id=376.
 
ESLCEastern Shore Land Conservancy's 12th Annual Planning Conference
Eastern Shore Land Conservancy's (ESLC) 12th annual planning conference, "Vibrant Towns" will provide an opportunity for the region's leaders and residents to contribute to an emerging definition of "vibrant, sustainable, and well-defined" Eastern Shore towns. To facilitate this conversation, local officials, community leaders, consultants, planners, designers, and citizens will come together with national and regional leaders in sustainable local economies, community development, and design to share best practices, success stories, tools, and models of vibrant small towns.  The conference will be held on March 18, in Easton, Maryland.  For more information, please visit www.eslc.org/pages/apc12.php.

HandsFreeinDEHands Free Law in Delaware
As of January 2, Delaware requires motorists to use a hands-free device when driving and talking on a cell phone. New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and D.C. all have similar laws. Those not using hands-free technology, like an ear bud or a blue tooth device, will face a $50 fine on the first offense. Repeat offenders may be fined up to $200. The new law also bans the use of pagers, PDAs, laptops, or any other electronic device while operating a vehicle. The Delaware State Police said 214 crashes in 2010 were the result of drivers distracted by cell phones. Delaware's prohibition was signed into law July 6, 2010, but did not take effect until 2011.

TrafficReportPreliminary Delaware Traffic Fatality Report for 2010 Shows Lowest Fatality Deaths in Over 40 Years
Delaware's Office of Highway Safety has announced a 10% drop in fatal traffic crashes, and an even greater (14%) drop in Delaware's traffic deaths for 2010. While these are preliminary figures, in total, there were 92 fatal motor vehicle crashes resulting in 101 fatalities in 2010. This is the lowest number of traffic fatalities to occur on First State roadways since 1968 when there were 98 traffic fatalities. For more information, please visit http://ohs.delaware.gov/general_pr_/2010_traffic_deaths_drop_to_lowest_in_over_40_years.pdf.
 

 

car graphicNational News
SmartGrowthConfNew Partners for Smart Growth Conference
 
The Local Government Commission will be hosting the 10th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Charlotte, NC. The conference will take place at the Westin Charlotte Hotel on February 3-5, 2011.  This multi-disciplinary event will highlight cutting-edge smart-growth issues and will feature the latest research, implementation tools and strategies, successful case studies, new partners, new projects, and new policies.  For more information, please visit www.newpartners.org.

EPAWebinar Webinar: Overview of EPA's Quantitative Particulate Matter (PM) Hot-spot Guidance
 This webinar will be held on February 9, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and will provide an overview of EPA's final guidance document,  "Transportation Conformity Guidance for Quantitative Hot-spot Analyses in PM2.5 and PM10 Nonattainment and Maintenance Areas," released December 2010.  This overview is appropriate for all those who will be involved in developing or reviewing hot-spot analyses of transportation projects in PM areas, or those who want an introduction to the material in the Guidance.  For more information, please visit www2.gotomeeting.com/register/188254955.

ActiveTransWebinarWebinar: The Health Benefits from Active Transportation

Public health and transportation professionals have the opportunity to participate in a new, free, four-part webinar series in 2011 that covers how transportation systems impact health in communities across the nation.  Join the public health and transportation community for this series that explores the intersections between health and transportation, 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. The webinars are free, but require advance registration. The series includes the following events:

  • January 18: Community Health and Transportation Planning
  • February 15: The Health Benefits from Active Transportation
  • March 15: Health Impact Assessments in Transportation
  • April 5: Preventing Roadway Fatalities and Injuries

For more information or to register, please visit www.apha.org/advocacy/priorities/issues/transportation/Webinars.htm.  

 

ActiveLivingCongActive Living and Research Annual Conference

The Eighth Active Living Research Annual Conference will be February 22-24, 2011 at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego in downtown San Diego, CA. The theme for the 2011 conference is Partnerships for Progress in Active Living: From Research to Action.  The conference will highlight successful partnerships that have evaluated or implemented policy or environmental approaches for increasing physical activity, decreasing sedentary behavior, or preventing obesity. For more information, please visit www.activelivingresearch.org/conference/2011.

 

GreenInfraConfNational Green Infrastructure Conference 2011

The Inaugural 2011 National Green Infrastructure Conference is a gathering of policy-makers, practitioners, and on-the-ground implementers of green infrastructure practices and design from around the country.  Nationally recognized speakers from across the U.S. will discuss key elements for success and lessons-learned.  The conference will be held February 22-25, at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.conservationfund.org/GIC2011.  

 

NEAGrantsNEA Offers Community Planning Grants
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is offering two grant opportunities for community organizations and local governments to help with regional planning and community improvement.   

  • The first -- Your Town: The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design -- is designed to help nonprofits, community organizations, and local governments tackle critical regional planning issues through design by bringing design professionals to a community for a multi-day workshop. Up to $22,000 is available for towns with populations under 50,000. The application deadline is February 25.
  • The second -- Our Town -- is intended to help communities build new vitality, economic vigor and livability around the arts. A limited number of grants, ranging from $25,000 to $250,000, are available for "creative place making projects." The application deadline is April 25.  

For more information, please visit www.nea.gov.   

 

AASHTOFacebook, YouTube Campaign Urges Americans to Tell Congress about Transportation Needs
As Congress begins work on a new transportation bill, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) launched a social media campaign to generate public opinion about what priorities should be included. Travelers, truckers, commuters, cyclists - anyone who uses the nation's transportation network - are invited to share their transportation comments and concerns using AASHTO's Facebook and YouTube pages.   During the six-week campaign, people can use AASHTO's Facebook page to post YouTube videos and written comments about their transportation priorities, ideas, and personal stories.  

 

To view or post a comment, go to www.transportation.org/IToldCongress.

AASHTO will continue the campaign through February and will compile the videos and comments to present to key federal officials in March, prior to the expiration of the latest extension of the highway and transit legislation.  

 

FTAFTA Awards National Parks, Forests, Wildlife Refuges $27 Million for Alternative Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced that 47 projects in national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges across the United States will share in $27 million to improve public and alternative transportation within the grounds. The U.S. National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and local partner communities will receive funds for 47 projects ranging from a comprehensive transportation planning study for the Kauai National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Hawaii to the implementation of ferry service at Salem Maritime Historic Preserve in Massachusetts.  For more information, please visit www.fta.dot.gov/news/news_events_12235.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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