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
Data and Demographics Subcommittee
January 10, 10 a.m.
Air Quality Subcommittee
January 13, 10 a.m.
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
For updates or more
information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit www.wilmapco.org.
Draft 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
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 email@example.com.
Comments can also be faxed to (302)737-9584.
APA Webcast: Retrofitting
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.
Member Agency News
Amtrak 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.
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
DelDOT 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.
Cecil County Rezoning
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.
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.
2011 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
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.
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/.
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.
Transportation Research Board 90th
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.