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Transportation
 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

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March
 2011
E-NEWS

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.      


WILMAPCO Public Workshop
Draft FY 2012 - 2015 Transportation Improvement Program
February 28, 4 p.m.- 7 p.m.

Public Advisory Committee
February 28, 7:00 p.m.

WILMAPCO Council
March 10, 6:30 p.m.

Data and Demographics Subcommittee
March 14, 10:00 a.m.

Technical Advisory Committee
March 17, 10:00 a.m.

Congestion Management Subcommittee
March 17, 1:00 p.m.
 

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

In this issue...

WILMAPCO News

Member Agency News

Local News  

National News

 

walkerWILMAPCO News

TIPWorkshopTransportation Public Workshop 

WILMAPCO and 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

www.wilmapco.org/tip

 

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 spur route.

 

The TIP public comment period extends through March 2. Citizens wishing to submit comments on the TIP can:

  • Mail comments to WILMAPCO at 850 Library Ave., Suite 100, Newark, DE 19711
  • Attend the February 28 public workshop, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at WILMAPCO
  • Submit comments via email to wilmapco@wilmapco.org  
  • Visit our "virtual public workshop" online at www.wilmapco.org/tip to review workshop materials and maps  

APAWebcastAPA 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.  

 

trainMember Agency News

DARTServiceChangeDART Public Hearing - May Service Changes

The Delaware 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 Wilmington. 

 

The proposal calls for:

  • Shipley 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.  
  • The 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.  
  • Time adjustments would be made accordingly on routes listed above.
  • Route 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.
  • Route 24; new trip would be added leaving Kynlyn Dr. at 6:28 a.m., arriving at Rodney Square at 6:52 a.m.
  • Route 55; minor time adjustments would be made between Glasgow and Newark to improve on-time performance. 

 

bikeLocal News

PHATP.H.A.T.

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.

  

BikeSwapBike Swap 

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.    

 

ESLCVibrant 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 visit www.eslc.org/pages/apc12.php.


BikeDEBike Delaware's 1st Annual Membership Event and Social 

Participate in 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 events@bikede.org.

 

DVSGADelaware 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.   

 

SundayServiceSEPTA 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.  

 

car graphicNational News

 

TellCongressWhat 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.

 

BikeShopsWebinar: Getting Bike Shops and Advocates To Collaborate on Safe Routes to School

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

www.saferoutespartnership.org/media/file/SRTS-Webinar-LocalBikeShops.pdf.

 

BikeSummitNational Bike Summit  

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

 

HealthandTranspWebinar: Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) in Transportation

The American 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

https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/schedule/display.do?udc=4ozeg2azyaax.

 

TrailsConf2011 National Trails Conference

The National 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.

 

BikesBelongGrantBikes 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.

 

CarpoolingCar 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.

 

NCCORNational 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.   

 

SmartGrowth10th Annual National Award for Smart Growth Achievement

The U.S. 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
www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/awards.htm#2011app. The entry deadline is April 6, 2011.  For more information, email Ted Cochin, at cochin.ted@epa.gov, or call (202) 566-2181.  

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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