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 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

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June 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.      


Nonmotorized Transportation Working Group
June 7, 3 p.m.

Air Quality Subcommittee
June 9, 10 a.m.

Data and Demographics Subcommittee
June 13, 10 a.m.

Public Advisory Committee
June 13, 7 p.m.

Technical Advisory Committee
June 16, 10 a.m.

Congestion Management Subcommittee
June 16, 1 p.m.
 

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

 

 

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NewarkPlanDraft Newark Transportation Plan Released for Public Comment  

At a Public Workshop held May 24, WILMAPCO unveiled the draft Newark Transportation Plan for public comment through June 24. The draft was developed over the past year, with input from public displays and workshops, presentations to committees, and technical analysis. Draft recommendations include short-term measures such as modernizing traffic signals, marking on-road bike facilities, better marketing and coordination of transit, and maximizing use of existing parking facilities. Long-range measures include recommendations such as extending Delaware Avenue to Marrows Road and installing a separated Delaware Avenue bicycle route, enhanced pedestrian crosswalks, and a municipal parking garage. Draft Plan may be viewed and commented upon at www.wilmapco.org/newark. 

 

WCWVillage of Marshallton Walkable Community Workshop

Marshallton Civic Association and WILMAPCO will hold a Walkable Communiy Workshop on June 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Marshallton Methodist Church.  A Walkable Community Workshop is an interactive event designed to bring together key stakeholders such as citizens, land owners, elected officials, and professionals to focus on issues related to walkability.

WILMAPCO staff, trained in conducting Walkable Community Workshops, serve as facilitators. Workshop participants will learn more about successful pedestrian design, safety, education, enforcement, and encouragement. A walking audit of the community follows, where pedestrian concerns are identified and WILMAPCO staff then generate a report with potential short- and long-term solutions. To learn more about this workshop, contact Betty Tull at (302) 994-4188. To learn more about WILMAPCO's Walkable Communities program, please visit www.wilmapco.org/walkable.

   

APAAPA Webcast: 2011 Planning Law Review
WILMAPCO will host this American Planning Association (APA) webcast on June 29, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  New judges on the U.S. Supreme court are reshaping constitutional law. The states continue to take the lead on climate change, but a backlash is mounting against voter referenda in a recessionary economy. Property rights and fairness, first amendment issues, and the proper role of government are examined in this up-to-the-minute review of the courts and legislations during the past year. Keep current and join a legal panel for this discussion. This audio/web conference has been approved for 1.5 certificate maintenance credits.  For more information, please visit www.delawareapa.org/Current%20Events.html.   

 

AQPublic Comment Opportunity for WILMAPCO's Air Quality Conformity Analysis 

WILMAPCO is reaffirming its previous fine particulate matter (PM2.5) conformity analysis in step with Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) updates by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), Philadelphia's MPO. This fulfills a federal requirement that PM2.5 conformity analyses between the Wilmington and Philadelphia metro areas are coordinated. To review the reaffirmation, please visit www.wilmapco.org/aq. The public comment period runs from June 1 to June 30.  

 

 

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SHAState Highway Administration Guides the Way Around Highway Work Zones with Online Brochure
Spring and summer in Maryland offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities easily reachable by a short road trip. These seasons also offer the best weather for road construction, which is often most active during "off peak" times to avoid heavy traffic. In order to keep your road trip from turning into a slow moving construction tour, the State Highway Administration (SHA) has created "e-Road Ready 2011" to help you avoid construction zones or allow extra time to reach your destination. For more information, please visit www.roads.maryland.gov.

PlanMarylandDraft of "PlanMaryland," first State Growth Plan, Released
The draft of PlanMaryland, the state's first state growth plan, has been released by Richard Eberhart Hall, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP), as a blueprint to strengthen traditional growth areas, to discourage sprawl, and to foster sustainable use of the state's natural and cultural resources.

The draft plan is the culmination of more than three years of collaborative effort between the Maryland Department of Planning, other state agencies, local government officials, and residents. An extensive outreach process has involved more than 50 stakeholder organizations and feedback from more than 2,000 citizens representing a diverse cross-section throughout Maryland. The plan provides a framework for implementing the 12 Planning Visions that Governor O'Malley signed into law in the Smart, Green & Growing Legislation of 2009.

During a 120-day public comment period through Sept. 1, 2011, MDP will host "open houses" across the state to provide information about the plan and opportunity for feedback. The full schedule, the draft plan, an interactive map, and ways to comment online are available at Plan.Maryland.gov. After the draft is refined following the comment period, Secretary Hall will present the plan to Governor O'Malley in the fall of 2011.

SecretaryDelaware Governor Nominates New Transportation Secretary

According to a DelDOT press release, "Governor Jack Markell has announced he is nominating U.S. Department of Transportation official Shailen Bhatt (pronounced SHAY-linn BAT) to become Delaware's next Secretary of the Department of Transportation. Bhatt has experience working on local, state, and federal transportation issues and is currently serving as Associate Administrator at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in Washington, DC. For the last two years, he has been responsible for setting policy and managing relationships with members of Congress and has been leading FHWA's efforts in reauthorizing the nation's surface transportation legislation".  For more information, please visit www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicNewsDisplay&id=3995&month=5&year=2011.

DARTDART First State Launches Adopt-A-Shelter Program
The DelDOT and DART First State announced the launching of the new Adopt-A-Shelter program to enlist community and business partnerships to help maintain bus shelters throughout the state. The first Adopt-A Shelter partner is the Canaan Baptist Church in New Castle, who will be adopting the shelter along New Castle Ave., immediately in front of the church.  DART's Adopt-A-Shelter Program is similar to the more familiar Adopt-A-Highway program that has operated for many years, and currently has hundreds of volunteer supporters. To learn more about the Adopt-A-Shelter Program, visit www.DartFirstState.com, or contact Drew McCaskey, DART Marketing Manager at (302) 576-6003.

DARTRidershipDART First State Continues to see Ridership Gains
According to a Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) - DART First State press release, transit ridership has continued to increase. "Comparing ridership between April 2010 and April 2011, DART Fixed Route Bus services grew by over 7.2 percent or 550,676 passenger trips. Statewide paratransit services grew by over 2.8 percent, or 22,415 trips. DTC also reported that its popular Rt. 301 Intercounty motor coach service between Wilmington and Dover experienced a 21.7 percent increase over last April. Also DTC's Sussex West bus service ridership increased 17.9 percent from the year ago period.

DTC credits these substantial ridership increases to growing public awareness of the benefits of riding transit; especially when gas prices are high and riders save money by not driving their personal vehicles. Other factors contributing to the increase in ridership include DTC not raising its basic bus fares in New Castle County since the spring of 1989, and making it easier to paying fares with the DARTCards; a stored value pass".  For more information call 1-800-652-DART or visit www.DartFirstState.com.

 

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UDUniversity of Delaware Institute for Public Administration (IPA) workshop: Planning Complete Streets in Delaware
The University of Delaware IPA will facilitate a "Planning 209" workshop, Planning Complete Streets in Delaware, on Thursday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the University of Delaware Paradee Center in Dover, Delaware. Course topics and presenters include: 

  • How Complete Streets Promote Healthy Communities, Patti Miller, Nemours Health and Prevention Services
  • State of Delaware's Complete Streets Policy, Anthony Aglio and Marco Boyce, DelDOT
  • Complete Streets Strategies for Delaware Local Governments, Marcia Scott, University of Delaware IPA
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Transition Plans and Complete Streets, Matt Carter, PE, University of Delaware T2 Center 

To register please visit the IPA's event page at www.ipa.udel.edu/events.html. For more information, please visit www.ipa.udel.edu/localgovt/training/program_fliers/planning209.pdf

 

TrailsDayNational Trails Day
National Trails Day is a celebration of trails to increase the awareness of community trails and help volunteer trail clubs.  It is organized by the American Hiking Society with financial support from FHWA's Recreational Trails Program, Federal land management agencies, and many private corporations and other partners.   For more information, please visit www.americanhiking.org/NTD.aspx.  Local Trails Day events include: 

         Delaware Greenways Trail Steward Information and Training Workshop

Thursday, May 26, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

New Castle Senior Center, 400 South Street

New Castle DE, 19720 

Learn about how easy it is to become a steward of the trails, participate in regularly scheduled trail maintenance days, and join the Delaware Greenways Trail Steward program. Please RSVP to mjennings@delaregreenways.org, 302-655-7275. 

  • Broad Dyke Trail Marking and Clean-Up
    Route 273 (Frenchtown Road) and 6th Street
    New Castle DE, 19720 
    Saturday, June 4, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. 

Individuals and community service organizations are invited to join a celebration of National Trail Day by volunteering for three hours of service on Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The historic Hermitage House, burned in 2006, is the trail head of a trail system that will weave through the Broad Dyke Marsh and nearby woodland. The trail will connect to New Castle's Industrial Track Greenway and provide new opportunities to walk and jog while enjoying views of a beautiful marsh ecosystem with its abundant plant and wildlife. This event, an outgrowth of the New Castle Wellness Initiative, aims to encourage healthy lifestyles and improve the health and vitality of community members.

Volunteers will need to wear lightweight but long-sleeve shirts, long pants, sturdy shoes. They may also bring any of the following: work gloves, hand clippers, loppers, rakes, hand saw, and protective eyewear. For more information and to RSVP, please email mjennings@delawaregreenwys.org.  

 

ResolutionDelaware House and Senate Pass "Walkable, Bikeable Delaware" Resolution
The Delaware House voted unanimously on May 12 to approve Senate Concurrent Resolution 13, directing DelDOT to "create contiguous systems or networks of walkways and bikeways within and between cities and towns in Delaware in order to provide travelers with the opportunity for safe, convenient, cost-effective and healthy transportation via walking and bicycling." To view the resolution, please visit www.legis.delaware.gov/LIS/LIS146.NSF/vwLegislation/SCR+13?Opendocument.   

 

PhillyStudy Shows Philadelphia #1 in Big City Bike Commuting

According to a May 9th CBSPhilly story, "A new study by bicycle advocates says Philadelphia has, per capital, twice as many cycling commuters as any other big city in the U.S. 'Philadelphia is a remarkable city for bicycling,' said Alex Doty, Executive Director of The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. Doty says they sifted data from the Coalition and the census and determined that Philadelphia is the number one big city, per capita, for bike commuting, especially in the central core of the city." For more information, please visit http://blog.bicyclecoalition.org/2011/05/bike-commuting-in-south-philly-center.html.    

   

 

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ExpoEXPO 2011

EXPO 2011 takes place from June 5 through 9, in Indianapolis, Indiana. EXPO 2011 celebrates its 25th year through a series of workshops, training sessions, social events, and the National Community Transportation Rodeo competition. For more information, please visit http://web1.ctaa.org/webmodules/webarticles/anmviewer.asp?a=2217&z=100.  

 

TravelSurveyUsing National Household Travel Survey Data for Transportation Decision Making: A Workshop

This workshop, organized by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and supported by the Office of Highway Policy Information, Federal Highway Administration (FHA) will be held from June 6 through June 7, at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, D.C.  The workshop focuses on the use of National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) data to inform transportation decision making on key issues such as energy use, congestion, highway finance, and safety. The workshop will feature presentations and discussions on methods, examples, and techniques for using travel survey data to support transportation programs and decisions.  For more information, please visit www.cvent.com/events/using-national-household-travel-survey-data-for-transportation-decision-making-a-workshop/event-summary-0eb01a88ec734e939647e8740813aeea.aspx.  

 

PlacemakingPlacemaking: Making It Happen
Placemaking: Making It Happen is a two-day training course that will be held June 9 and 10, in New York City.  The course is focused on how to move ideas into reality by using a place-based management and implementation strategy.

This training course will describe the roles that different types of public space management organizations play, complemented by lessons learned from experts with hands on experience implementing improvements and managing public spaces. Also included are narrated site visits to a few of the best managed spaces in New York City and numerous opportunities for networking.  For more information, please visit www.pps.org/training/making-it-happen.   

 

RailConf2011 Rail Conference
The 2011 Rail Conference is scheduled for June 12 through 15, at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA. Discussions and workshops will cover safety and security, planning, sustainability, finance, capital projects, operations, and all technical or technological aspects of providing rail service. The focus is on timely issues of wide-spread interest for all rail modes, including high-speed rail. This conference also includes an exhibitor showcase featuring the latest rail products and services. For more information, please visit www.apta.com/mc/rail/Pages/default.aspx.  

 

TransitIntiTransit Initiatives and Communities Conference
The Center for Transportation Excellence invites you to the Transit Initiatives and Communities Conference (TIC). The 2011 TIC conference will be held in St. Louis, MO from June 20 through 22, at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark hotel. TIC is designed to bring together transit agencies, local officials, transportation supporters, advocates, and ballot measure campaign professionals to share the latest information on transportation ballot measures.  For more information, please visit http://cfte.org/TIC/TIC2011.asp.   

 

CLIFCLIF BAR to Replace 100,000 Car Trips with Bicycle Travel 

The Two-Mile Challenge is CLIF BAR's online effort to fight climate change by encouraging bicycle travel for short trips. In the U.S., 40 percent of all urban trips are two miles or less, but 90 percent of those short distances are made by automobile. CLIF BAR started the Two-Mile Challenge to build community among current bicyclists, encourage more citizens to travel on two wheels, and support nonprofits that are working to increase active transportation.  For more information, please visit http://2milechallenge.com/.   

 

CompleteStreetsReportNew Complete Streets Report Released by the National Complete Streets Coalition

The new report, Complete Streets Policy Analysis 2010: A story of growing strength, rates the strength of written Complete Streets policies. It documents the tremendous growth in adoption of policies across the U.S., where the number of policies came close to doubling in each of the last three years. Twenty-three states (and Puerto Rico and DC) and more than 200 smaller jurisdictions now have Complete Streets policies to ensure that future transportation investments provide safe options for everyone using our roadways. To view the report, please visit www.completestreets.org/resources/complete-streets-policies-growing-strong/.    

 

StudyStudy Blames 2,200 Deaths on Traffic Emissions
According to a May 26 story in the News Journal, "Traffic congestion experts have long warned that pollution caused by idling vehicles on crowded roads was harming Americans' health. Now, for the first time, researchers at Harvard University have quantified the damage: They say that congestion in the USA's 83 largest urban areas last year led to more than 2,200 premature deaths and a related public health cost of at least $18 billion".  To view the source article, please visit http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110526/NEWS/110526016/Study-blames-2-200-deaths-traffic-emissions-?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Home

 

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