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 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

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July 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
July 11, 10 a.m.

Congestion Management Subcommittee
July 14, 1 p.m.

WILMAPCO Council
July 14, 6:30 p.m.

Joint Technical Advisory Committee and Air Quality Subcommittee
July 21, 10 a.m.
Glasgow Park

WILMAPCO Summer Picnic
July 21, 12 p.m.
Glasgow Park
RSVP to: jjasinski@wilmapco.org
 

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

 

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PerryvilleTODPerryville Transit Oriented Development
WILMAPCO and the Town of Perryville are developing a draft Plan for Transit Oriented Development (TOD), including walking and bicycling facilities in Perryville. Proposals include a new town hall and police station set around a plaza with mixed-use offices and daycare, and a parking garage wrapped with residential development near the train station. Near the river and Rodgers Tavern mixed use development and restaurants are proposed, along with a new park including an outdoor amphitheater. Draft recommendations also include new greenways, sidewalks, and bicycle routes to create safe and convenient places for walking and bicycling. To view and comment on the draft recommendations, please visit www.wilmapco.org/perryville.

NewarkTransPlanNewark Transportation Plan
The draft Newark Transportation Plan is being revised based on public input received during the comment period. Later this summer, the Plan, developed by WILMAPCO and the City of Newark in partnership with an advisory committee of citizens, civic and business groups, and public agencies, will be presented to Newark and WILMAPCO's Councils for approval. Recommendations include:

  • Better signal coordination along Library Avenue, Cleveland Avenue, and South College Avenue.
  • Safety and traffic calming measures on South College Avenue and West Park Place that include improvements for safer driving, walking, and bicycling.
  • Bike lanes and sharrows to create an on-road bicycle network
  • Improving mid-block pedestrian crosswalks at key locations along South College Avenue, Main Street, Delaware Avenue, and Elkton Road.
  • Continue plans to expand the supply of downtown parking while maximizing use of existing parking by consolidating parking lots and improving way finding to parking entrances.
  • Making transit more efficient by merging the DART trolley and UniCity bus systems or putting these resources into the best performing Newark routes.

For more information or to view the draft Plan, please visit www.wilmapco.org/newark.

SLRSea-Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment
We're putting the finishing touches on a Sea-level Rise (SLR) study that identifies at-risk transportation infrastructure in the region using locally-developed inundation scenarios.  The Study found that more than 1,600 residential and commercial properties risk inundation at a 1.5 meter rise regionally, with an additional 1,000 plus properties impacted with a 10-foot surge in Cecil County.  Neighborhoods with above average concentrations of blacks and low-income residents are more likely to face inundation. Key facets of our transportation network are at risk. Highways, such as SR 9 and US 13 near the Delaware River, and SR 222 along the Susquehanna River, risk increased flooding or complete inundation. The study is slated for Council approval on July 14. To review a draft, or to learn more, please visit www.wilmapco.org/slr.

WCWVillage of Marshallton Walkable Community Workshop
More than 35 residents participated, despite 100 degree temperatures, in the Marshallton Walkable Community Workshop.  Marshallton is a village located just west of Elsmere along SR 2 (Kirkwood Highway). The workshop began with a presentation on the elements of a walkable community.  Community members, led by WILMAPCO staff, either took a short walk through the community noticing broken or missing portions of sidewalks and unsafe intersections, or participated in a virtual walk.  This was followed by a mapping session where suggestions for improvements were plotted on large maps.  Issues identified included:

  • Sidewalk connectivity 
  • Unsafe pedestrian crossings
  • Unsafe traffic speeds
  • Sidewalk maintenance

The final Walkable Workshop Report will identify solutions and funding sources.  Later this summer a more comprehensive Circulation Study will begin in Marshallton to address the traffic concerns of the residents. Results of a Walkable Community Workshop will be incorporated into the circulation study. For more information about WILMAPCO's free Walkable Community Workshop program, please visit www.wilmapco.org/walkable/.

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trainMember Agency News

DARTDART Spring 2011 Service Change Advisory
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and DART First State (DART) have deferred the proposed realignment of bus routes in Downtown Wilmington until an expedited third-party study is completed. The study will address specific safety and traffic issues raised during the public comment process for this project. The research is expected to be completed this fall. For more information, please visit www.dartfirststate.com.

TransSecSenate Confirms Governor's Transportation Secretary Nominee
According to a June 9, DelDOT press release, "Governor Jack Markell's nominee for Secretary of the Delaware Department of Transportation, Shailen Bhatt (pronounced 'SHAY-Linn BAT'), was confirmed by the Delaware Senate. Mr. Bhatt currently serves as Associate Administrator at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. Department of Transportation. For the last two years, Mr. Bhatt has been leading FHWA's efforts in re-authorizing the nation's surface transportation legislation. Before joining FHWA, Mr. Bhatt served as a Deputy Executive Director with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). Prior to that, he was Director of the Bowling Green/Warren County, Kentucky Metropolitan Planning Organization."  For more information, please visit www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicNewsDisplay&id=4001.

PhillyPikePhiladelphia Pike Pavement & Rehabilitation Project To Begin
According to a June 10, DelDOT press release, "DelDOT has announced that on Monday, June 20, Daisy Construction Company began the rehabilitation of Market Street/Philadelphia Pike from
28th Street to Hessler Lane in Wilmington. The $1,916,728 rehabilitation project is expected to be completed by mid-October.
Lane and shoulder restrictions will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The improvements for this project include the installation of ADA curb ramps, sidewalks, milling, paving, patching, and applying hot-mix overlay. Variable-message signs will also be posted to alert motorists. Motorists should stay alert for lane restrictions throughout this project."  For more information, please visit www.deldot.gov.

 

bikeLocal News

MDBikeSurveyMaryland Statewide Bicycling Survey
The Maryland Office of Tourism, Department of Transportation, and State Highway Administration are conducting a bicycle user survey to learn more about cyclists in Maryland and what products they would find most useful to help plan bicycle trips. To take the survey, please visit
http://www.surveymonkey.com/CycleMaryland

For more info on the Cycle MD promotion, please visit
http://visitmaryland.org/events/pages/cyclinginmaryland.aspx

To view the Cycle MD bicycling map, which includes event locations and routes, please visit www.mdimap.com/marylandcycling/.

BiketheCityBike the City
On July 17, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., you can take a beginner bike ride through the city of Wilmington and the Riverfront, and learn how to get around safely on a bicycle with Carol Ireland of Bike Delaware. Stop along the way to discover natural history points of interest. Finish with demonstrations on bike maintenance including changing a tire. You can bring your own bike or borrow one from the Urban Bike Project. The ride starts and ends at Delaware Environmental Education Center.  Helmets are recommended and required by law for children.  For more information, please visit http://www.delawarenaturesociety.org/cp10_deec.html.

UBPUrban Bike Project Volunteer Opportunities
Urban Bike Project's (UBP) mission is to serve the community's needs by educating and promoting cycling as a safe, practical, cost-efficient mode of transportation.  Volunteers are the backbone of the organization. UBP provides a means for the public to become more self-sufficient both in bicycle maintenance and transportation.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Open Shop when UBP is open to the public for repairs, donations, and purchases every Thursday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Corporate Volunteer Days:

  • You or your team can work hands-on conducting bicycle maintenance and repair, shop up-keep, and inventory organization.

Monthly Volunteer Orientations:

  • Join UBP the first Wednesday of every month to promote cycling as a safe, practical, cost-efficient mode of transportation by becoming a volunteer for the UBP.

The next Volunteer Orientation will be held July 6, from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Urban Bike Project, 1908 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE. Volunteers ages 17 years and under will need signed parental consent to participate. For more information, please contact Laura at (302) 377-3681 or laura@urbanbikeproject.org.

 

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ISTTTInternational Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory

The 19th International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory (ISTTT) will be hosted by the University of California, Berkeley from July 18 to July 20. The venue will be the Claremont Hotel located near the campus.

 

The ISTTT series is the premier gathering for the world's leading transportation and traffic theorists, and for those who are interested in contributing to or gaining a deeper understanding of the field.

The symposium covers both scientific and operational aspects of transportation and traffic, spanning all modes of transport, including freight as well as private and public transport.  For more information, please visit http://isttt19.org/.

 

EPA2011 Community Involvement Training Conference
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 12th Community Involvement Training Conference will be held July 19 through 21, at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. This conference brings together more than 450 people from EPA and its federal, state, tribal, and local partners who plan and implement environmental community involvement, partnership, stewardship, outreach, and education programs. The theme for the 2011 conference is, "Community Involvement in the 21st Century: Embracing Diversity, Expanding Engagement, Utilizing Technology." For more information, please visit www.epa.gov/ciconference/.  

 

SustainabilityWorkshop2011 Sustainability & Public Transportation Workshop
The 2011 Sustainability & Public Transportation Workshop is scheduled to be held July 31 through August 2, at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza in Los Angeles, CA.

This workshop features cutting-edge speakers and break-out groups presenting environmentally/energy efficient, economically sound and socially responsible developments and practices to advance public transportation's role in sustainability.  For more information, please visit www.apta.com/mc/sustainability/Pages/default.aspx.   

 

iPhoneAppAASHTO iPhone App  

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) have announced the launch of AASHTOMobile, an iPhone app designed to provide the latest in transportation news, video content, and real-time traffic conditions.   

 

The mobile app, which is available for download in the iTunes App Store (http://itunes.apple.com/app/aashto-mobile/id419618952?mt=8), includes real-time traffic information powered by INRIX, a provider of traffic information and driving services to leading automakers, navigation providers, and transportation agencies around the world. With INRIX real-time traffic maps covering more than one million miles of highways and city streets in the U.S., the app displays current traffic conditions, saving time and gas for commuters. For more information on AASHTO, please visit www.transportation.org.    

 

TransportationSpendingReport on Transportation Spending and Priorities

Smart Growth America and Taxpayers for Common Sense have joined together to examine the transportation spending priorities of states. Their research found that 57 percent of funds available for construction and maintenance of roadways are put towards new construction, leaving only 43 percent for repair of existing infrastructure. The report, as well as an interactive 50-state map detailing spending and road conditions can be downloaded from www.smartgrowthamerica.org/repair-priorities.

 

TESpendingTransportation Enhancements Spending Report

According to the June 6th American Bicyclist Update, "The National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse (NTEC) has published the 2010 Transportation Enhancements Spending Report. This report analyzes states' use of federal transportation funding from 1992 through 2010." Transportation Enhancements (TE) projects expand travel choices and enhance the transportation experience by improving the cultural, historic, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of our transportation infrastructure. To view the report, please visit www.enhancements.org/download/Spending_Report/TE_Spending_Report_FY10.pdf.   

 

WalkSurveyTake a National Walking Survey

Got five minutes to take the National Walking Survey to help strengthen pedestrian advocacy? America Walks is sponsoring a survey on walking habits. Answers are anonymous and will advance understanding of why people walk and what would motivate people to walk more.  To take the survey, please visit https://spreadsheets0.google.com/viewform?formkey=dGJPUldYbG5lb1Z1Y1BVSEV2b0dKbnc6MA.   

 

SmartGrowthNew Partners for Smart Growth Call for Session Propsals
According to a May 17th Local Government Commission announcement, "The Call for Session Proposals (CFSP) for the 11th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference has officially opened! The conference will be held February 2 through 4, 2012, in San Diego, CA."

"The CFSP Submittal Instructions and online form are now available on the conference web site. All proposals must be submitted using the online form. This process should be used to submit any proposals for breakouts, workshops, training, tours, or networking activities. The CFSP process is open from May 16 through June 30, 2011."   For more information, please visit www.newpartners.org/cfsp/.  

 

CongestionThe Public Health Costs of Traffic Congestion: A Health Risk Assessment
According to the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, "Traffic congestion is a significant issue in virtually every urban area in the United States and around the world. Anyone who spends any time commuting knows that the time and fuel wasted while sitting in traffic can not only be annoying, but can lead to real economic costs. An examination of the peer-reviewed literature shows that there are many previous analyses that estimate the economic costs of congestion based on fuel and time wasted, but that these studies don't include the costs of the potential public health impacts. Sitting in traffic leads to higher tailpipe emissions which everyone is exposed to." For more information, please visit www.transportationconstructioncoalition.org/Docs/TCC-Harvard-Traffic-Congestion-Report-Final.pdf.  

 

LivabilityGrantU.S. DOT Announces $175 Million in Livability Grants
According to a June 16, U.S. Department of Transportation press release, "U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the availability of up to $175 million in livability grants to help urban, suburban, and rural communities develop transit options to better connect people to where they live, work, and play. Local transit agencies will be able to compete for livability dollars from the pool of up to $175 million. The competitive grant program will begin accepting applications when announced in the Federal Register during the week of June 20. The announcement comes on the second anniversary of the creation of the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Livability grants are aimed at assuring that transportation and housing decisions are made jointly and recognize the unique character of each community."  For more information, please visit www.dot.gov/affairs/2011/fta3011.html.

 

RuralCommunitiesObama Administration Establishes White House Council to Strengthen Rural Communities
According to a June 9, White House press release, "The White House has announced the establishment of the first White House Rural Council. While rural communities face challenges, they also present economic potential. To address these challenges, build on the Administration's rural economic strategy, and improve the implementation of that strategy, the President signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Rural Council. For more information, please visit, www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/09/obama-administration-establishes-white-house-rural-council-strengthen-ru.   

 

SocialEquityA New Social Equity Agenda For Sustainable Transportation Draft Report
The Victoria Transport Policy Institute has released a draft report discussing the importance of incorporating social equity and environmental justice objectives into transport policy and planning analysis for discussion.The report recommends a more systematic and comprehensive framework for social equity impact analysis. Social equity refers to the equitable distribution of impacts (benefits, disadvantages, and costs). Environmental justice is a subset of social equity analysis that focuses on illegal discrimination against disadvantaged groups. For more information, please visit www.vtpi.org/equityagenda.pdf.

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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