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Transportation
 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

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January 2011
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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.   
 

Data and Demographics Subcommittee

January 10, 10 a.m.

 

Air Quality Subcommittee 
January 13, 10 a.m.



WILMAPCO Council
January 13, 6:30 p.m.



Technical Advisory Committee
January 20, 10 a.m.

Congestion Management Subcommittee
January 20, 1:00 p.m.


Nonmotorized Transportation Working Group
February 1, 3:00 p.m.


WILMAPCO will be closed on January 17th for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.

 

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

In this issue...

 

walkerWILMAPCO News
RTPDraft 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) - Public Comment Period
Comments are being accepted on the Draft 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Update through January 6. The Regional Transportation Plan sets the regions goals and priorities for transportation. The RTP describes how the regional transportation system will be developed to provide mobility and accessibility for personal trips, freight, and goods movement. 

 

The 2040 RTP Update fulfills current Federal Transportation Act (SAFETEA-LU) requirement that each metropolitan region have a new, long-range transportation plan every four years. Rather than opt for a complete overhaul of the current RTP, this update carries forth its goals, objectives, and actions.

 

Copies of the Draft Plan are available for review at WILMAPCO's office.  A draft can also be viewed on WILMAPCO's web site at www.wilmapco.org/2040-rtp. Written comments should be sent to WILMAPCO at 850 Library Avenue, Suite 100, Newark, Delaware, or to wilmapco@wilmapco.org. Comments can also be faxed to (302)737-9584.


APAAPA Webcast: Retrofitting Corridors
WILMAPCO will host the Retrofitting Corridors webcast from the Delaware chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) on January 19, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.  This webcast will discuss how you can revitalize an important asset in your community and adapt successfully to changing demands. Join urban designers, planners, and economic developers to learn how. This web conference has been approved for CM |1.5.  For more information, please visit www.delawareapa.org.


 

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AmtrakAmtrak Adding Weekend Service at Newark
In response to growing demand for passenger rail service, Amtrak is adding Northeast Regional weekend stops at Newark station starting December 17. The new schedule will include a southbound stop every Friday at 3:05 p.m., and a northbound stop every Saturday and Sunday at 8:43 p.m.  For more information, please visit www.dartfirststate.com.

TransTrustFundTransportation Trust Fund Task Force Public Meeting
In the FY 2011 Bond Bill, Section 112, signed on July 1, 2010, the Delaware General Assembly called for the establishment of the Transportation Trust Fund Task Force. The Task Force is to thoroughly explore, examine, and evaluate 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 public meeting will be held on January 4, at DelDOT Administration Building, 800 South Bay Road, Dover, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  For more information, please visit http://deldot.gov/information/community_programs_and_services/ttf_task_force/.

DelDOTDelDOT Public Workshop: Replacement Plans for Bridge 1-404 on Cedar Lane, Middletown
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is holding a public workshop to present plans for bridge repair work on Bridge 1-404 on Cedar Lane, Middletown. The workshop will be held on Monday, January 24, at the Middletown Town Hall. The public is invited to attend any time between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.  For more information, please visit www.deldot.gov.


ZoningCecil County Rezoning

In order to achieve the goals and objectives of the Cecil County Comprehensive Plan adopted on April 13, 2010, the 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 be adopted by the Board of County Commissioners.  For more information, please visit www.ccgov.org/dept_planning/ComprehensiveRezoning.cfm.

 

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SmartGrowthSmart Growth and Sustainability in Challenging Economic Times
Smart Growth and Sustainability in Challenging Economic Times is the 7th Annual Symposium presented by the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance and ULI Philadelphia. The forum will be held on January 20, in Philadelphia.  The event will focus on two case studies - the new $72 million Salvation Army Kroc Center, in the blighted industrial section of Philadelphia; and a suburban case study of Claymont, Delaware.  For more information, please visit www.delawarevalleysmartgrowth.org.

Estuary2011 Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit
The Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit will be held from January 30 through February 2, in Cape May, New Jersey.  The Theme for the Summit is "Connections-Land to Sea, Shore to Shore & Science to Outreach."  This three-day meeting will build on the momentum created at the third Science and Environmental Summit held in 2009, which consisted of more than 130 presentations and was attended by almost 300 stakeholders. The program will include a full range of material related to current and emerging issues within the Estuary.  For more information, please visit www.delawareestuary.org.

PreservationAward2011 Maryland Preservation Awards
Has someone recently completed a great rehab project in your town? Is there a project that made a big impact in your town, but was only possible because of a public/private partnership? Has your neighbor (or neighborhood) maintained their home with care and attention? Have you been to a great exhibit or attended a fascinating program about Maryland's history? Is there a leader, elected official, or community organization in your community who has been an effective champion of historic preservation? If you answered YES to any of those questions, then nominate them for a 2011 Maryland Preservation Award by February 1.  For more information, please visit http://mht.maryland.gov/awards.html.

PhillyGreenPhiladelphia Green 2015
Building on Philadelphia's commitment to become the greenest city in America, Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced a bold action plan to transform 500 acres of empty or underused land into publicly accessible green space in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia during the next five years. The new plan, called Green 2015, pledges that the City will partner with communities, local institutions, foundations, and the private sector to assemble acreage that "connects people to parks" in underserved neighborhoods throughout the City.  At the same time, the plan provides an innovative way to boost the City's compliance with new federal stormwater regulations that require the City to reduce stormwater runoff into local rivers and streams.  For more information, please visit http://greenworksphila.wordpress.com/.

 

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YouthSummitYouth Bike Summit
The Youth Bike Summit will be held from January 14 through 16, in New York City.  The Summit is a three-day gathering geared towards students, educators, and advocates in New York City and in the Northeast United States. The conference aims to inspire people from different educational disciplines together to explore, network, and learn how bicycling can be a legitimate and safe form of transportation for today's youth. The Youth Bike Summit will offer educational workshops and panel discussions on subjects ranging from how to advocate for bike lanes to basic bike maintenance. It will also provide tools and information on fundraising and best practices for schools that wish to incorporate bikes into the learning environment.  For more information, please visit www.recycleabicycle.org.

TRBTransportation Research Board 90th Annual Meeting
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 90th Annual Meeting will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham, and Washington Hilton hotels. The TRB Annual Meeting program covers all transportation modes, with more than 4,000 presentations in nearly 650 sessions and workshops addressing topics of interest to all attendees including policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. More than 85 sessions and workshops will address the spotlight theme for 2011: Transportation, Livability, and Economic Development in a Changing World.  For more information, please visit http://www.trb.org/AnnualMeeting2011.

SmartGrowthConfNew Partners for Smart Growth Conference
The 10th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference will be held February 3-5, in Charlotte, NC.  The three-day conference includes a dynamic mix of plenaries, breakouts, implementation workshops, specialized trainings, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and coordinated networking activities. It will also feature exciting tours of local model projects in Charlotte and the greater Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.  For more information, please visit www.newpartners.org.

WhatonEarthWhat on Earth!
1966 film by Les Drew & Kaj Pindal, (9min 35s)
This animated short proposes what many earthlings have long feared - that the automobile has inherited the planet. When life on Earth is portrayed as one long, unending conga-line of cars, a crew of extra-terrestrial visitors understandably assume they are the dominant race. While humans, on the other hand, are merely parasites. An Oscar nominee, this film serves as an entertaining case study.  To view the film, please visit http://www.nfb.ca/film/what_on_earth.

WalkBikeMeasureResearch Report on Measuring Walking and Cycling Using the Pedestrian and Bicycling Survey (PABS) Approach
The Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) has issued Measuring Walking and Cycling Using the PABS Approach: A Low-Cost Survey Method for Local Communities. The research report, available at no charge on the Institute's web site (www.transweb.sjsu.edu), developed a low-budget survey method and related sampling strategy for communities to easily, affordably, and reliably document the amount of local walking and cycling among their residents. A user-friendly manual is included.

SwitchingGearsSwitching Gears: More Commuters Bike To Work
According to a November 29 NPR article, "Cycling has at least tripled over the past two decades in big cities across the U.S.  And researchers have found that the cities with the highest rates of walking and cycling to work have lower obesity rates."  To view the article, please visit http://www.npr.org/2010/11/23/131539669/switching-gears-more-commuters-bike-to-work&sc=nl&cc=hh-20101129.

LivabilityGuidebookLivability Guidebook
Many State DOTs, MPOs, and transit operators are struggling to understand how livability and sustainability apply to transportation planning, programming, and operations. They are also working with local partners to integrate transportation planning with housing, land use, economic development, and environmental preservation. In response to the HUD/DOT/EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities, the FHWA sponsored the development of a "Livability in Transportation" Guidebook to help communities and transportation agencies work through these challenging issues and decisions. The guidebook uses case studies to explore principles, practical strategies, design solutions, and applications that have been used to promote livability in transportation across the U.S.  For more information, please visit http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/livability/index.cfm.

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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