News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)
DelDOT will hold a public workshop on February 28, between 4 p.m. and 7
p.m., to hear comments on the draft FY 2012-2015 Transportation
Improvement Program (TIP) and provide information about major projects
and funding in the region. The workshop will be held at WILMAPCO:
Open House Public Workshop
February 28, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
850 Library Avenue, Newark, Delaware 19703
The draft FY 2012-2015
TIP for New Castle County, Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland is a
$2.1 billion, four-year listing of transportation priorities and
projects based upon available funding. The workshop will provide
updated information about the US 301 project including analysis of the
The TIP public
comment period extends through March 2. Citizens wishing to submit
comments on the TIP can:
comments to WILMAPCO at 850 Library Ave., Suite 100, Newark, DE
the February 28 public workshop, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at
comments via email to email@example.com
our "virtual public workshop" online at www.wilmapco.org/tip
to review workshop materials and maps
Webcast - Mitigating Hazards Through Planning
WILMAPCO will host
the Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA)
Webcast: Mitigating Hazards Through Planning on March 16, from 4 p.m.
to 5:30 p.m. As more communities are affected by natural
disasters from flood, fire, or earthquakes, the need for planning increases.
Federal standards and programs are increasingly emphasizing the links
between planning and hazard mitigation. For more information,
please visit www.delawareapa.org/Current%20Events.html.
Member Agency News
Public Hearing - May Service Changes
Transit Corporation (DTC) will conduct Public Hearing Workshops to
obtain comments on proposed changes to DART First State statewide bus
service effective in May. The workshop for New Castle County will be
held Tuesday, March 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Carvel
State Office Building, 2nd floor auditorium, 820 N. French Street, in
The proposal calls
St. Proposal; DART proposes to increase passenger safety by
shifting bus routes from the King St. side of Rodney Square to a
new location on Shipley St., from 9th St. to 8th St. at Shipley.
The routes are 4, 5, 15,17, 19, 22, 23, 25, 30, 33, 34, 36, 39,
40, 41, 42, 54, and 55.
- Most of
these bus routes (15, 17, 19, 30, 33, 34, 36, 39, 40, 41, 42, 54,
55) would turn from Orange St. onto 9th St. to the new bus
boarding zone on Shipley St. These routes would no longer serve
the bus stop on Orange St. at 9th St.
remaining buses (4, 5, 22, 23, 25) would turn from Orange St. to
10th St. serving the other new bus zone on Shipley St., just north
of 9th St.
adjustments would be made accordingly on routes listed above.
16; route into downtown Wilmington would change, traveling up
Walnut St., 8th St., French St., 10th St. to Rodney Square
continuing to West St., 12th St., ending on Delaware Ave. at Adams
St. The out of town path would come from Delaware Ave. serving the
stop on the 11th St. side of Rodney Square instead of the King St.
side. Stops on Orange St. would no longer be served by this route.
24; new trip would be added leaving Kynlyn Dr. at 6:28 a.m.,
arriving at Rodney Square at 6:52 a.m.
55; minor time adjustments would be made between Glasgow and
Newark to improve on-time performance.
Join Henrietta Johnson Medical Center on Thursday, March
3, at 6:00 p.m., to acknowledge the accomplishments of young women from
the City of Wilmington. The program entitled Promoting Healthy
Activities Together (P.H.A.T.) targets youth from low-to-moderate
income households and encourages physical activity and healthy eating
through elements of the HIP HOP culture. For more information or
to register, please call (302) 655-6187 x261.
Join Delaware Trail Spinners on Sunday, March 13, for
their first annual bike swap at the Aetna Fire Hall, 410 Ogletown Road,
Newark, DE (directly across from the Newark Post Office). The Bike Swap
will feature independent and commercial bike shops and vendors selling
bikes, parts, accessories, clothing, and more, as well as food and door
prizes. The swap will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. For more information, please visit www.trailspinners.org/swap.
Towns Planning Conference
Eastern Shore Land Conservancy's (ESLC) 12th annual
planning conference will be held on March 16, in Easton, MD. The
Vibrant Towns Conference will be an opportunity for the region's
leaders and residents to contribute to an emerging definition of
"vibrant, sustainable, well-defined" Eastern Shore towns. To
facilitate this conversation, local officials, community leaders,
consultants, planners, designers, and citizens will come together with
national and regional leaders in sustainable local economies, community
development, and design to share best practices, success stories,
tools, and models of vibrant small towns. For more information, please
Bike Delaware's 1st
Annual Membership Event and Social
Bike Delaware's first annual fundraising event and founding membership
drive. Join Bike Delaware as they kick-off the 2011 Cycling Season on
Tuesday, March 22, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Delaware Center for
Horticulture, 1810 N. DuPont Street, Wilmington, DE 19806. Learn about
Bike Delaware's advocacy goals for 2011 and a new cycling opportunity
in this year's Wilmington Grand Prix. A minimum donation of $25 is
requested and includes Bike Delaware Founding Membership. Use PayPal
for a quick and easy transaction, or mail your check to: Bike Delaware,
c/o Gail E. Robillard, PO Box 9456, Wilmington, DE 19809. $30 at the
door. For more information, please contact Ed Weirauch at
302-778-5418, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delaware Valley Smart
Growth Project Recognition
Do you have any
smart growth projects on the horizon or know someone who does? The
Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance (DVSGA) would like you to
consider submitting an application for recognition by the DVSGA.
DVSGA is a collaborative initiative of more than 200 government,
private sector and non-profit organizations in the tri-state region who
support and promote good smart growth projects by helping them get
approved at the local level. The application deadline is March 1.
To download an application, as well as the criteria and examples
of recognized projects, please visit www.delawarevalleysmartgrowth.org.
Service Now Includes Sunday
On Sunday, March 6, SEPTA will extend service along its
Wilmington/Newark line from the Wilmington and Claymont Train Stations
to Center City Philadelphia. The Sunday timetable will be the same as
Saturday, offering seven trips in each direction from 8:36 a.m. to 8:36
p.m. Weekend fares are $4.75 one-way, when purchased at the DART
Transportation Store or $6.00 one-way when purchased on board the
train. The round trip fare is $9.50.
the New Congress Should Know about Transportation
With the chairs of the two key Senate and House Committees presenting a
united front in their effort to have a new transportation bill passed
this year, don't miss your opportunity to share your opinion on what
the priorities should be. AASHTO's social media campaign - dubbed What the New Congress Should
Know About Transportation - invites travelers, truckers,
commuters, cyclists, and anyone who uses the nation's transportation
network to share their comments and concerns on AASHTO's Facebook and YouTube pages. To view or post your
comments, please visit www.transportation.org/IToldCongress.
Getting Bike Shops and Advocates To Collaborate on Safe Routes to
This webinar will
highlight success stories in Colorado and Austin, Texas that have
teamed a local program with a bike shop to enhance Safe Routes to
School efforts. In addition to programmatic highlights, presenters will
explain the benefits of involving bike shops, describe a strategy for
approaching local bike shops, and discuss concrete ideas for
collaboration. For more information, please visit
Organized by the
League of American Bicyclists, the National Bike Summit will be held
March 8 through 10, in Washington, DC. The National Bike Summit
brings together stakeholders from user groups, industry, government,
and elected officials from around the country to share their ideas and
best practices. For more information, please visit www.bikeleague.org.
Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) in Transportation
Public Health Association (APHA) is launching a four-part webinar
series addressing the impact of transportation systems on health. Join
APHA for this series that highlights innovative state and local
programs that leverage opportunities in transportation that benefit
health, and explains what the future may hold for the federal surface
transportation authorization on March 15, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information and to register, please visit
National Trails Conference
Trails Conference will be held from March 15 through 17, in Asheville,
NC. The conference includes 40 informative concurrent sessions by
experts in the field of trail construction, maintenance, monitoring,
planning, design, and management. Several days of pre-conference
and post-conference workshops offer additional training. For more
information, please visit www.trailbuilders.org/conference.
Belong Foundation Launches Research Grant
The Bikes Belong
Foundation has announced the launch of a new grant program to fund
research on the economic impact of bicycling facilities and events. The
Bicycle Research Grant Program will award a total of $40,000 in grants
to academic or non-profit research institutions in 2011. Grants will
range from $5,000 to $10,000. This new program aims to fill a crucial
knowledge gap. Collecting quantitative evidence on the benefits
bicycling brings to local, regional, and national economies will help
encourage and guide investments in bicycling. The application
deadline for the first round of grants is March 31. For more
information or to apply, go to www.bikesbelong.org/what-we-do/bikes-belong-foundation/research-grants.
Pooling is Way Down Since 1980
According to a
January 28 NY Times article, "Roughly one in four Americans who
drove to work shared a ride with others in the 1980s. But now far
more people are driving alone, as companies have spread out, Americans
are wealthier, and cars have become cheaper to own. The percentage of
workers who car pool has dropped by almost half since 1980, the first
time the Census Bureau started systematically tracking the numbers,
according to new data from the bureau." To view the source
article, please visit www.nytimes.com/2011/01/29/us/29carpool.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all.
National Collaborative on
Childhood Obesity Research Launches Surveillance Resource
The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research
(NCCOR) announced the launch of a new, free online resource to help
researchers and practitioners more easily investigate childhood obesity
in America. NCCOR's Catalogue of Surveillance Systems describes in
detail existing surveillance systems that collect data related to
childhood obesity. It provides one-stop access to more than 75 surveys
and other data sets, allowing users to search and select surveys that
provide a wealth of data at the national, state, and local levels on a
range of variables, including school policies and health outcomes, as
well as eating and exercise behaviors. For more information and to view
the Catalogue, please visit www.nccor.org/css.html.
Annual National Award for Smart Growth Achievement
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announce that the application
period for the 10th annual National Award for Smart Growth Achievement
is now open. Through this award, EPA recognizes and
supports communities that have successfully used smart growth
principles to improve communities environmentally, socially, and
economically. Open to public- and private-sector entities, winners will
be recognized at a ceremony in Washington, DC, in December 2011. To
view the application and complete entry guidelines, please visit
The entry deadline is April 6, 2011. For more information, email
Ted Cochin, at email@example.com, or call (202) 566-2181.
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.