News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)
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.
UPWP 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:
Feasibility Study for the town of Port Deposit
of Marshallton Circulation Study
Rise Transportation Vulnerability Assessment
County Bicycle Plan
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 email@example.com
or call (302) 737-6205.
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
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,
- Concord Avenue Improvements
- Delaware Avenue Streetscape Improvements
information, please visit www.wilmapco.org/wilmington-initiatives.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Member Agency News
"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.
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:
for expanded service as well as potential chokepoints and other
summary of projects currently underway and those recently
of DelDOT's organization for managing rail-related activities and
cooperation with private rail companies, neighboring states, and
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.
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:
DelDOT 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.
New 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
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.
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:
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
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)
care providers (e.g., hospitals, private doctors' offices, and
(e.g., elementary, middle, and high schools, whether private,
public, or parochial)
sites (e.g., private offices, restaurants, retail establishments,
and government offices).
information or to volunteer, please contact Susan Eggert, Project Coordinator
at (302) 395-5651 or email@example.com.
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.
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.
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
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
2011 Preservation and
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.
Releases Phase II of State Adaptation Plan
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.
1 Deadline for Smart Growth Recognition
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.
13th 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/.
Transportation Planning, Land Use, and Air Quality Conference
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.
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.
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
- Daylong Main Street Four Point Approach®
- Mobile workshops that focus on
revitalization successes in Des Moines and surrounding Main Street
- Expo hall filled with products and service
providers that specialize in commercial district
- Opportunities to network with colleagues who
are experiencing similar successes and challenges in their
For more information, please visit www.preservationnation.org/main-street/training/conference/2011-des-moines/.
Publishes Transportation Planning for Sustainability Guidebook
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.
Annual Report on US GHG Emissions
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.
Amtrak is on Track for
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.
Alternative Sources for
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.
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.