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Transportation
 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

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May 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.      


Sea-Level Rise Steering Committee
May 4, 10 a.m.

Data and Demographics Subcommittee
May 9, 10 a.m.

Air Quality Subcommittee
May 12, 10 a.m.

Congestion Management Subcommittee
May 12, 1 p.m.

WILMAPCO Council
May 12, 6:30 p.m.

Technical Advisory Committee
May 19, 10 a.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

  

CorrectionApril E-news Correction

Last month's E-news mistakenly reported that a Local Sustainability Conference held on April 14 was organized by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Sierra Club Maryland Chapter. The conference was also organized by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.    

 

UPWPUPWP Public Comment Period Through May 10

The Draft FY 2012 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is now available for public comment.  The UPWP details the transportation studies and tasks to be performed during the upcoming fiscal year.

Proposed 2012 activities include:    

 

  • Transit Feasibility Study for the town of Port Deposit
  • Village of Marshallton Circulation Study
  • Sea-level Rise Transportation Vulnerability Assessment
  • Cecil County Bicycle Plan

Interested citizens and organizations are invited to review and provide written comments on the Draft UPWP through Tuesday, May 10.  The document will be available during the public comment period at WILMAPCO's office or online at www.wilmapco.org/upwp. For more information, to comment, or to request a hard copy, please contact wilmapco@wilmapco.org or call (302) 737-6205.     

 

WilmInitWilmington Initiatives Public Workshop

WILMAPCO, the City of Wilmington, DART, and DelDOT will hold a public workshop on May 16, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.  The purpose of the workshop is to provide the opportunity for the public to learn about a new bridge over the Christina River.  The project proposes a new multi-modal crossing of the Christina River to add a second access point for Riverfront attractions and improve access to US 13, I-495 and I-95. Information available at the workshop will include the studied alternative locations, traffic modeling, and analysis for the project. 

 

In addition, information will be provided on more than a dozen transportation enhancement (TE) projects throughout Wilmington including:  

  • Bayard Square TE Project
  • 6th Street Enhancements
  • 9th Street Enhancements
  • Baynard Boulevard Streetscape Improvements
  • Rodney Square Beautification, Phase 1
  • Shipley Street Streetscape Improvements, Phase 1
  • Concord Avenue Improvements
  • Delaware Avenue Streetscape Improvements  

 For more information, please visit www.wilmapco.org/wilmington-initiatives.  

     

NewarkTransPlanNewark Transportation Public Meeting Scheduled to Unveil Draft Plan

WILMAPCO and the City of Newark will be holding a Public Meeting on Tuesday, May 24, at 7 p.m., in the Newark Municipal Building, 220 Elkton Road Newark, DE 19711. This Public Meeting is the third in the development of an updated multimodal transportation plan for the Newark area. WILMAPCO and the City of Newark have developed the draft plan in partnership with an advisory committee of citizens, civic and business groups, and public agencies and through meetings, public events, and presentations to community groups.

 

At the May 24 Public Meeting, we will be presenting the draft plan followed by discussion. Planners are seeking community feedback regarding recommendations for improvements to roads and intersections, facilities for walking and bicycling, public transit, and parking. For more information, call WILMAPCO at (302) 737-6205, visit www.wilmapco.org/Newark, or follow the plan on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Newark-DE/Newark-Transportation-Plan/111896502160467.

 

BikeMonthMay is National Bike Month!
Whether you are a beginning cyclist or a seasoned rider, plenty of events are scheduled throughout May. Highlights include:   

  • May 16-20: Bike-to-Work Week. Leave your car at home and try bicycling for a day, week, or month.
  • May 18: National Ride of Silence. Visit www.rideofsilence.org to learn about the event which honors those who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Details about the 10-mile Newark ride are at www.whiteclaybicycleclub.org. Ride will depart Newark Charter School at 7 p.m.
  • May 20: Bike-to-Work Day celebration in Newark. Join other bike commuters and show your support for bicycling in Newark, 7:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. at Delaware & S. College Ave. (www.wilmapco.org/bikenewark).
  • May 20: Bike to Work Day celebration in Wilmington.  Join a morning ride from Pennsylvania park-n-ride to the Bike Boutique (TBB) at 11th and Orange Street, followed by a bicycle commuter meet and greet. TBB will offer free secure bike parking from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  For more details, please email mleventry@wilmingtonde.gov or visit www.wilmapco.org/bikewilmington
  • Maryland Cycling Events throughout the month are listed at www.ohbike.org/events/index.htm 
  • New Castle County and Cecil County Cycling Events throughout the month are listed at www.whiteclaybicycleclub.org and www.trailspinners.org 

 Other fun bicycling activities:   

 

 

trainMember Agency News

PlanMDDraft 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 from 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.

SRPPublic Comment Sought for New State Rail Plan
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and DART First State have prepared a new State Rail Plan (SRP), which is currently available for public review and comment.

The SRP identifies Delaware's goals for freight and passenger rail as elements of the overall transportation system. Much of the SRP text comprises an inventory of railroads operating in the state, their tracks and facilities, commodities and customers, and passenger services and stations. The SRP includes:

  • Opportunities for expanded service as well as potential chokepoints and other obstacles
  • A summary of projects currently underway and those recently completed
  • Discussion of DelDOT's organization for managing rail-related activities and cooperation with private rail companies, neighboring states, and regional partnerships
  • A listing of all identified potential rail improvements and areas for further study.

The SRP can be viewed on DartFirstState.com in the DART Programs menu, and under Transportation Programs. Public comment can also be made via DART's website or by mail. Comments may also be made by telephone by calling (800) 652-DART. After the public comment period concludes on May 16th, and the plan is approved by the Acting Secretary of DelDOT, the final plan will be filed with the Federal Railroad Administration, and placed on DART's website.

HealthyFoodsAccess to Healthy Foods in the Built Environment 
Access to Healthy Foods in the Built Environment will be held on May 24, at the Embassy Suites, in Newark, DE.  Obesity is the second leading preventable cause of death in Delaware and in the U.S.  An impediment to achieving an active, healthy lifestyle is that there are some locations in Delaware where there is little or no access to healthy foods. These areas are typically called "Food Deserts." Residents living in these areas may not have access to fresh foods due to lack of retailers, limited transportation options, physical barriers in the built environment, or some combination of these. The Environment and Policy Committee of Delaware Healthy Eating and Active Living (DE HEAL) and the Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) need your input and feedback to work towards viable solutions to this complex problem in the built environment. For more information, please contact any of the following:  

DelDOTDelDOT Public Workshop - Route 9 Intersection Improvements
The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is holding a Public Workshop to obtain opinions and insight from surrounding businesses and the general public for the proposed intersection and roadway improvements along Route 9 from Delaware Street to 6th street. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 24, at Carrie Downie Elementary School, 1201 Delaware Street in New Castle. The public is invited to attend any time between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The purpose of the projects is to reduce cut-through traffic in the City of New Castle. The Route 9, Delaware and Harmony Street Intersection Improvement Project involves modifying the intersection at Route 9 and Delaware Street to remove the signal and to only permit right hand turns. The project will extend Harmony Street to Route 9 and install a signal at this location. As part of the Route 9 Wilmington Road, 3rd & 6th Intersection Improvement Project the intersection at Route 9 and Chestnut Street will be removed. The intersection of Route 9 and Wilmington Road will be restricted to right hand turns. Both projects will provide pedestrian improvements throughout the lengths of the projects.  For more information, please visit www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicNotice&id=3818&month=4&year=2011.

NCCNew Castle County Seeks Input for Healthy Living Initiative in Bear/Glasgow and Route 9 Areas

New Castle County has received $30,000 from the Delaware Division of Public Health and CDC to fund a community health assessment by the LocalMotion Coalition to Fight Obesity. WILMAPCO has been assisting this coalition, which includes a network of community partners led by New Castle County, and including the Delaware Dietetic Association, the Delaware Center for Horticulture, Healthy Food for Healthy Kids, AARP, and Nemours Health and Prevention.

 

Through June 2011, the coalition is assessing the community's assets and gaps related to healthy living and recommending how the county can support healthy eating and active living.

 

Currently, coalition partners are conducting interviews with stakeholders in the Bear/Glasgow area between Old Baltimore Pike, DE 7, DE 71 and the Maryland line, and Route 9 area between the City of New Castle and City of Wilmington. The coalition is seeking volunteers to participate in an interview on policy, social, economic, and physical factors affecting healthy eating and active living including:

  • those working on communitywide efforts that impact the social and built environments, such as improving food access, walkability or bikeability, secondhand smoke exposure, or personal safety
  • organizations that provide a broad range of human services and access to facilities (e.g., childcare settings, faith-based organizations, senior centers, boys and girls clubs, and colleges/universities)
  • health care providers (e.g., hospitals, private doctors' offices, and community clinics)
  • school (e.g., elementary, middle, and high schools, whether private, public, or parochial)
  •  work sites (e.g., private offices, restaurants, retail establishments, and government offices).

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Susan Eggert, Project Coordinator at (302) 395-5651 or seggert@nccde.org.

 

 

bikeLocal News
 
PublicSafetyDayPublic Safety Day
Join New Castle County Police and other public safety organizations as well as social service agencies at Banning Park for Public Safety Day on May 14, 2011. The event will be held at New Castle County Banning Park (1000 E. Newport Pike, Wilmington).  All ages are invited to participate in this free event for a variety of  demonstrations. Demonstrations will showcase local police, fire, and emergency professionals. There will also be various private and social service agencies to promote and educate.  For more information, please contact the Community Services Unit at (302) 395-8057 or Officer Sonia Trudeau, Hispanic liaison at STrudeau@nccde.org.

APAConf2011 MD-PA-WV Regional APA Conference
Join planners from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia in Cumberland, Maryland on May 5 though 6, at the 2011 MD-PA-WV Regional APA Conference. The conference coincides with the City of Cumberland's celebration of the 200th anniversary of the construction of the Historic National Road - "the Road That Built a Nation." Commemoration of this event provides the context for the conference theme: Breaking New Ground: Partnerships for Building Sustainable Communities. This two-day conference offers planners an opportunity to earn up to 10 CM credits, including law and ethics. For more information, please visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e3l3iz18eff5c3d8&llr=avw45wcab.

AQPAir Quality Partnership to Host Lawn Mower Trade-In Event
Residents in southeastern Pennsylvania will have an opportunity to get rid of their old, gasoline-powered lawn mowers and purchase environmentally friendly, discounted electric or battery-powered mowers at an event on May 7 in Springfield Township, Montgomery County, PA.

Hosted by the Air Quality Partnership (AQP), a program to reduce air pollution in the region, the event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Springfield Township High School parking lot at 1801 East Paper Mill Road, Erdenheim, PA.

Interested residents must pre-register at www.airqualitypartnership.org. The first 140 registrants will receive a $50 voucher toward a new, electric or battery-powered lawn mower. Black and Decker will be on-site, giving up to an additional 30% off to those who purchase a mower at the event. Participants must trade-in an old mower in order to receive the voucher and discount. Registration will close at 250 participants.

Gas-powered lawn mowers are a major contributor to ground-level ozone, and purchasing an electric mower is just one way the public can help the environment.

PreservationConf2011 Preservation and Revitalization Conference
This year the Preservation and Revitalization Conference will celebrate two anniversaries, the 80th Anniversary of Preservation Maryland, and the 50th Anniversary of the Maryland Historical Trust. The conference will be held in Annapolis, MD on May 20.  The Conference offers sessions, tours, and workshops that will help in this process and stimulate discussion. For more information, please visit www.preservationmaryland.org.


MDAdaptationPlanMaryland Releases Phase II of State Adaptation Plan

Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Vulnerability to Climate Change Phase II: Building societal, economic, and ecological resilience, includes adaptation strategies to reduce impacts of climate change. A chapter on population growth and infrastructure identifies potential impacts to the State's transportation system and identifies strategies for resilience. It also includes strategies to institutionalize consideration of climate change, and it identifies tools, research, and education needed to better inform decisions.  

 

SmartGrowthJune 1 Deadline for Smart Growth Recognition

The Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance has simplified new criteria for recognition. The deadline for this round is June 1, 2011. All applications are confidential; if you seek recognition and are not recognized, it will not be disclosed. Consider submitting an application for either preliminary or final recognition. To be eligible, the project must be located in Eastern or Central Pennsylvania (including Dauphin County), Southern New Jersey (including Mercer County and south) or Delaware, and not yet under construction. Both public and private sector project proposals are eligible, as well as municipal plans and studies. We hope you will consider submitting a project for preliminary or final review. To download an application, criteria, supporting organizations, and examples visit www.delawarevalleysmartgrowth.org.    

 

 

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TRB13th TRB National Transportation Planning Applications Conference

The 13th TRB National Transportation Planning Applications Conference will be held in Reno, Nevada from May 8 through 12.  The goal of the Conference is to provide an outlet for new transportation planning techniques and methods. It will emphasize practical, innovative, and timely technical, and policy approaches to transportation planning through over 100 presentations and workshops during the five days.  For more information, please visit www.trb-appcon.org/.   

 

TransPlanConf2011 Transportation Planning, Land Use, and Air Quality Conference

The 2011 Transportation Planning, Land Use, and Air Quality Conference will be held from May 10 through 11, in San Antonio, Texas. The conference will explore the latest research on integrating transportation planning, land use decisions, and improving air quality. The theme for the conference will be Integrating Transportation, Land Use, and Air Quality to Meet Sustainability and Livability Objectives. For more information, please visit http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/tpluaq/home.html

 

TrailsConf13th Conference on National Scenic & Historic Trails
The Partnership for the National Trails System has announced their  bienniel National Trails Conference, co-hosted by the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in Abingdon, Virginia, from May 14 through 18.

This year's conference is centered around the importance of mutually beneficial relationships between trails and trail communities. The Conference will include topic panels, open discussions, and success stories from the National Trails community. The Conference is timed to coincide with the nearby local hiking festival Damascus Trail Days. For more information, please visit www.pnts.org/news-and-events/save-the-date-for-the-national-scenic-trails-workshop.  

 

MainStConf2011 National Main Streets Conference

The 2011 National Main Streets Conference will take place May 22 through 25, in Des Moines, Iowa. The conference will focus on the recruitment, retention, strengthening, and supporting of local businesses; showcase how being green will help with these efforts; and, learning about the Main Street Four Point Approach. The conference will include:

  • Four days of educational and networking opportunities
  • Daylong Main Street Four Point Approach® training
  • Mobile workshops that focus on revitalization successes in Des Moines and surrounding Main Street communities
  • Expo hall filled with products and service providers that specialize in commercial district revitalization 
  • Opportunities to network with colleagues who are experiencing similar successes and challenges in their communities

For more information, please visit www.preservationnation.org/main-street/training/conference/2011-des-moines/.


FHWAGuidebookFHWA Publishes Transportation Planning for Sustainability Guidebook 

States and metropolitan areas have begun to develop policies, programs, and methodologies for improving transportation system sustainability. This FHWA sponsored guidebook examines how sustainability considerations could be better incorporated into transportation planning through case studies identified from a review of sustainability planning practices at state DOTs and from a literature review of US and international practices.  To view the guidebook please visit www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/climate/sustainability/sustain00.cfm.  

 

GHGReportEIA Releases Annual Report on US GHG Emissions

The U.S Energy Information publication, Emissions of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) in the U.S., reports a 5.8 percent decline in U.S. GHG emissions between 2008 and 2009, the largest yearly decline since the report was first published 18 years ago. Transportation sector CO2 emissions declined for the second year in a row.

 

AmtrakAmtrak is on Track for Record Ridership
According to an article in The Hill's Transportation Report, "Amtrak had more riders in March than it has had in any March in its 40 years of existence. There were 137,000 more Amtrak riders this past month, the company said, which was the 17th straight month of increased ridership. That puts the company on track to break its annual ridership record, which was 28.7 million last year.  Amtrak President Joe Boardman told a House Appropriations committee that was considering Amtrak's 2012 budget request. Amtrak is seeking $2.2 billion for 2012. President Obama has proposed putting Amtrak's funding under the Federal Railroad Administration instead of Congress."  To view the source article, please visit http://thehill.com/blogs/transportation-report/railroads/154661-amtrak-says-its-on-track-for-record-ridership.  

 

FundingAlternative Sources for Funding Highways

According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), "About 25 percent of the nation's highways, which carry about 85 percent of all road traffic, are paid for in part by the federal government. Federal spending on highways comes primarily from taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel, but those and other taxes paid by highway users do not yield enough revenue to support current or proposed federal spending on highways. Although raising fuel taxes would increase revenue, those taxes alone cannot provide a strong incentive for highway users to consider all of the costs their road use imposes on others. This CBO study, prepared at the request of the Senate Budget Committee, examines broad alternatives for federal funding of highways, focusing on fuel taxes and on other taxes that could be assessed on the basis of the number of miles that vehicles travel."  To view the entire study, please visit www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=12101.

 

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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