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 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

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September 2011



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 for cancellations or postponements.      


WILMAPCO Public Workshop 

August 29, 4 - 7 p.m.


Public Advisory Committee
August 29, 7 p.m.

Please note: check WILMAPCO's website or call (302) 737- 6205, for weather-related cancellations.


Joint WILMAPCO and DelDOT Public Hearing  

September 1, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.


Congestion Management Subcommittee 

September 8, 1 p.m.


WILMAPCO Council  

September 8, 6:30 p.m.


Data and Demographics Subcommittee  

September 12, 10 a.m.


Technical Advisory Committee 

September 15, 10 a.m.


Visit WILMAPCO's Exhibit Table at the Following Events:  


Newark Community Day  

September 18



October 1


WILMAPCO will be closed for Labor Day on September 5.


For updates or more information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit


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walkerWILMAPCO News


TIPWorkshopWILMAPCO Public Workshop

You are invited to attend a workshop on August 29, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., about upcoming transportation projects.  WILMAPCO staff welcome comments on the draft amended FY 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The workshop will be held at WILMAPCO:

August 29, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.


850 Library Avenue, Newark, Delaware 19711 


The draft FY 2012-2015 TIP for New Castle County, Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland is a four-year listing of transportation priorities and projects based upon available funding. Projects are drawn from recommendations in the long-range Regional Transportation Plan for the WILMAPCO region. Proposed amendments to the New Castle County portion of the TIP include $15 million to relocate the Mid-County DMV, $200,000 for Claymont Train Station disability access improvements, and $600,000 for the New Castle Industrial Track Greenway.


If you cannot attend the workshop, please visit our "virtual public workshop"  online at  


The TIP public comment period extends through September 7. Those wishing to submit comments on the TIP can:

  • Mail comments to WILMAPCO at 850 Library Ave., Suite 100, Newark, DE 19711
  • Submit comments during the August 29 public workshop 
  • Submit comments via email to 

Please note: check WILMAPCO's website or call (302) 737-6205, for the most updated information on hurricane-related cancellations.  


workshopJoint WILMAPCO and DelDOT Public Hearing  

A joint WILMAPCO and DelDOT Public Hearing will be held on September 1, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  WILMAPCO and DelDOT staff welcome comments on the draft amended FY 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the statewide FY 2012-2017 Delaware Capital Transportation Plan (CTP).  The workshop will be held at WILMAPCO:


September 1, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.


850 Library Avenue, Newark, Delaware 19711 


The FY 2012-2017 CTP lists projects and services planned for the next six years in Delaware, including those in the WILMAPCO TIP.  It is developed with the assistance of WILMAPCO, Dover/Kent Metropolitan Planning Organization, and Sussex County, recognizing the priorities that have been set in their transportation improvement programs.


Workshop participants can review both draft documents, ask questions of WILMAPCO and DelDOT staff, and submit written comments to both agencies.  The format of the workshop is informal and people may attend at their convenience between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.


A court reporter will be available to take public comments. Interested persons are also encouraged to submit written comments during the public hearing process. 


BikeSummitRegistration is Now Open for the Third Delaware Bike Summit

The 2012 Delaware Bike Summit will be held on October 14, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in Lewes, Delaware.  The Delaware Bike Summit's goal is to unite bicycle advocates, healthy communities advocates, decision makers, and others to network and plan a healthier, bikeable future for Delaware.   


Featured speakers include Rina Cutler of Philadelphia's City Council.  Cutler will address how to get bike projects completed. Other speakers will include Carol Silldorff of Bike Maryland.  Silldorff will address how to build legislative initiatives and partnerships. There will also be sessions on the building blocks of bikeable communities, steps to achieving results, and a session on the various bike project funding programs.


The Summit will be followed by a post-summit bike ride at 3:30 p.m., and a reception/award ceremony at Irish Eyes at 6 p.m. 


The summit is free of charge, but due to limited seating, you must register. To learn more or to register for the Delaware Bike Summit, please visit



trainMember Agency News

DelDOTWorkshopDelDOT Public Workshop - US 301 Project Development
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the US Army Corps of Engineers have announced a Public Workshop for the US 301 Project Development initiative. The Workshop will be held on August 31, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Middletown Fire Hall.

The purpose of the workshop is to update the public on overall project activities since the March 2009 workshop, including presentation of items such as:

  • Detailed design plans (US 301 mainline semi-final plans / Spur Road preliminary plans)  
  • Update of environmental impacts and environmental / community mitigation information 
  • A number of additional design refinements 
  • Emergency services access needs 
  • Real estate acquisition process 
  • Traffic and funding concept 
  • Path forward / next steps

Members of the Project Team will be on hand at the Workshop to present information, to listen to ideas, and answer questions. Interested persons are invited to submit comments on the US 301 Project. Comments will be received during the Workshop, via email to, or they can be mailed to DelDOT Public Relations, PO Box 778, Dover, Delaware 19903. Comments are due by September 12. 


Comments received from the public, along with those from the environmental resource and regulatory agencies, will be considered by DelDOT and included in the Design Refinements Report to be submitted to FHWA. 


The location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Any person having special needs or requiring special aid, such as an interpreter for the hearing impaired, is requested to contact DelDOT by phone at 1-800-652-5600 or by mail to DelDOT Public Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903 one week in advance.  


To view the Public Workshop Display Boards, visit For further information contact DelDOT Public Relations at 1-800-652-5600 (in DE) or 302-760-2080, or write to the above address.

PlanMDPublic Comment on PlanMaryland Initiative ends on September 1, 2011

The Board of County Commissioners encourages residents to provide comments on the PlanMaryland initiative being considered by Governor Martin O'Malley through the Maryland Department of Planning.


Comments are welcome and encouraged from the public, civic groups, stakeholder organizations, local, state, and federal agencies, and from private corporations and organizations.  Following the scheduled close of the public comment period on September 1, 2011, Maryland Department of Planning staff will review the comments, make adjustments in the plan, and prepare a generalized response to be included when the plan is submitted to Governor Martin O'Malley in October 2011.


To view the draft plan, please visit


Comments can be sent to:  


Or mailed to:  

Maryland Department of Planning  

Attn: Plan Maryland Comments

301 West Preston Street, Suite 1101
Baltimore, MD 21201


Please include your name, return address, or e-mail address as part of your comments. All comments will become part of the official record for Plan Maryland.


LitterFree7th Annual "Imagine A Litter-Free Delaware" Clean Up Day
DelDOT has announced its Seventh Annual "Imagine A Litter-Free Delaware" Clean Up Day on Saturday, October 1. DelDOT has designated this as a statewide cleanup day when everyone is invited to come out to clean Delaware's roads, highways, and community areas.  

Residents and business keepers are also being asked to ensure that trash is well contained, to pick up debris blowing around their property, and to step outside to sweep a sidewalk, pick up sticks, or rake up some leaves. In addition, Secretary of Transportation Shailen Bhatt is requesting that DelDOT maintenance pay special attention to cleaning Delaware's roadsides during the week of October 3 to 7.  


To register, please visit DelDOT's web site at, under Hot Topics, or by contacting the Office of Public Relations at 302-760-2080 or 1-800-652-5600. The deadline for registration is Friday, September 30. There is no fee to participate.  


car graphicLocal News


UBPBlowoutUrban Bike Project - Bike BLOW OUT

Urban Bike Project will host its 1st BIKE BLOW-OUT

on Sunday, August 28, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 1908 N. Market Street, in Wilmington.  Refurbished bikes including 

mountain bikes, road bikes, cruisers, and BMX will be available for sale at reasonable prices.  All bikes will be sold in as-is condition. For more information, please visit  


DelawareBywaysConfDelaware Byways - Fall Conference 

The Delaware Byways - Fall Conference is being held on September 17 in Dover. This conference is open to DelDOT Personnel, Communities, Consultants, and Organizations involved in the Delaware Byways Program. Scenic Byways are specially designated roads or waterways that travel through an area of natural or cultural significance.  For more information, please visit

GoodsMovementHealthy People Global Goods Conference
Healthy People Global Goods builds on the Clean Air Council's ongoing Goods Movement Program. The goal of the conference is to educate public health and environmental advocacy organizations, planners, public health agencies, and elected officials about the public health impacts of goods movement and the roles that they can play in addressing these impacts. The conference will be held  Friday, September 23, at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia.  For more information, please visit

BRACBeyond BRAC Conference
Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor (CSSC) is hosting a one-day conference on the CSSC's economic development outlook, transportation successes and challenges, higher education's role in tomorrow's workforce, and entrepreneurial opportunities within the region. The Beyond BRAC: Shining the Light on Innovation and Opportunity in the CSSC Region Conference will be held on September 28, in Aberdeen, Maryland.  For more information, please visit

ThreeFeetThree Foot Passing Bill signed in Delaware
According the July 28 Bike Delaware News, "On Monday July 25, Governor Markell signed SB 38, Delaware's 'three foot passing' bill. With the signing of this bill, Delaware becomes the nineteenth state to have a passing law to protect cyclists. The law not only provides additional legal protection, it provides an important educational opportunity."

The Law states that the driver of a motor vehicle, when approaching a bicyclist traveling in the same direction, must ensure the safety and protection of the bicyclist by:

  • Proceeding with caution and yielding the right-of-way by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that of the bicyclist, if possible, if on a roadway that has at least four lanes; or  
  • Proceeding with caution and reducing to a safe speed, leaving a reasonable distance by providing a minimum of three-feet of clearance while passing a bicyclist, if changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe.


bikeNational News

CommuntingAmerican Commuting Habits Influenced by Many Factors

Eighty-six percent of Americans drive to work, but the figures are lower in metropolitan areas such as New York City, San Francisco, and Boston. Length of commute, weather, job type, and population density all influence how people commute, according to an analysis by University of Maine economics professor Todd Gabe. People who live in drier climates, or who have creative jobs, are more likely are to walk, bike, or use public transportation to get to work, Gabe found. For more information, please visit


NYCNew York City Bans Downtown Vehicles in August

For three Saturdays in August, New York City banned vehicles on seven miles of roads in Manhattan, allowing pedestrians and bicyclists to more safely use downtown streets.  The "Summer Streets" program, now in its fourth year, began as part of the city's overall greening initiatives in an effort to encourage New Yorkers to leave their cars at home and consider more sustainable modes of transportation.  For more information, please visit

PlaceMattersPlace Matters National Conference
The Place Matters National Conference will be held on September 7, in Washington D.C.  The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Health Policy Institute invites you to attend this one-day event to address the relationship between place and health, particularly as it pertains to racial and ethnic health inequities. The conference will convene key stakeholders, including grassroots leaders, elected officials, researchers, public health practitioners, policymakers, and community organizers. For more information, please visit

LivabilityConference on Performance Measures for Transportation and Livability
Transportation Research Board (TRB) is cosponsoring the Conference on Performance Measures for Transportation and Livability on September 7 through 8, in Austin, Texas. The conference will focus on the development and application of performance measures for transportation and livability. The conference will address the current state of the practice in transportation and livability performance measures, review current research, and identify future research needs.  For more information, please visit

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


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