News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)
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
Village of Marshallton
Walkable Community Workshop
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
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.
APA 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.
Opportunity for WILMAPCO's Air Quality Conformity Analysis
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.
Member Agency News
Administration Guides the Way Around Highway Work Zones with Online
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.
Draft 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.
Delaware Governor Nominates New Transportation
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.
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.
DART 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
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:
Complete Streets Promote Healthy Communities, Patti Miller,
Nemours Health and Prevention Services
- State of
Delaware's Complete Streets Policy, Anthony Aglio and Marco Boyce,
Streets Strategies for Delaware Local Governments, Marcia Scott,
University of Delaware IPA
with Disabilities Act (ADA): Transition Plans and Complete
Streets, Matt Carter, PE, University of Delaware T2 Center
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.
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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
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.
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 email@example.com.
House and Senate Pass "Walkable, Bikeable Delaware"
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.
Study Shows Philadelphia
#1 in Big City Bike Commuting
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.
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.
National Household Travel Survey Data for Transportation Decision
Making: A 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.
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
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.
2011 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.
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.
CLIF BAR to Replace
100,000 Car Trips with Bicycle Travel
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/.
Complete Streets Report Released by the National Complete Streets
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/.
Study 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.
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.