News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)
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.
Newark 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:
signal coordination along Library Avenue, Cleveland Avenue, and
South College Avenue.
and traffic calming measures on South College Avenue and West Park
Place that include improvements for safer driving, walking, and
lanes and sharrows to create an on-road bicycle network
mid-block pedestrian crosswalks at key locations along South
College Avenue, Main Street, Delaware Avenue, and Elkton Road.
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.
transit more efficient by merging the DART trolley and UniCity bus
systems or putting these resources into the best performing Newark
For more information or to view the draft Plan, please
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.
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
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/.
Member Agency News
DART Spring 2011 Service
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.
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.
Philadelphia 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.
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
For more info on the Cycle MD promotion, please visit
To view the Cycle MD bicycling map, which includes event locations and
routes, please visit www.mdimap.com/marylandcycling/.
Bike 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.
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:
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.
- 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 email@example.com.
on Transportation and Traffic Theory
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.
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/.
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/.
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.
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
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.
on Transportation Spending and Priorities
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
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.
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.
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/.
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.
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.
Administration Establishes White House Council to Strengthen Rural
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.
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.
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.