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Transportation
 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

April 2012
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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, please call  (302) 737-6205, or toll free from Cecil County at (888) 808-7088 for cancellations or postponements.       

  

Nonmotorized Transportation Working Group

April 3, 3 p.m. 

 

April 5, 10 a.m.

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

 

Congestion Management Subcommittee
April 12, 1 p.m.

 

Public Advisory Committee 

April 16, 7 p.m.

 

Public Workshop - Port Deposit Transit Feasibility Study 

April 17,  6:30 p.m.

Port Deposit Presbyterian Church   

 

April 19, 10 a.m.

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

 

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Member Agency News 

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 National News

 

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UPWPDraft UPWP Available for Public Comment

Each year, with input from our member agencies, we develop our work program and budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The 1.9 million dollar program, called the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) details the transportation studies and tasks to be performed by the agency. 


Requested activities for New Castle County include:

  • A feasibility study of a Cross-Town Connector paralleling 1-95 in the City of Wilmington.
  • Providing technical assistance with the City of Newark's Bicycle Plan
  • Conducting an analysis for a service road alignment along Route 896 between Porter Road and Old Baltimore Pike
  • Conducting an analysis that seeks to identify improvements for Commons Boulevard and Airport Road

Requested activities for Cecil County include:

  • Developing a walking and biking program and facilities for the Town of Chesapeake.
  • Working with the Town of Cecilton on developing a Safe Routes to School program.
  • A Transit Oriented Development Plan for the Town of North East.
  • Conducting a MARC commuter rail service extension ridership analysis in Elkton.

You are invited to review and provide written comments on the Draft FY 2013 UPWP from Thursday, April 5, to Tuesday, May 8.  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.      

  

PM25PM2.5 Reaffirmation

WILMAPCO will be reaffirming its fine particulate matter (PM2.5) analysis this May, in step with an upcoming conformity analysis in the Philadelphia region.  Public comments will be accepted from April 5 through May 7, 2012.  For more information, please visit www.wilmapco.org/aq.   

 

PortDepositWILMAPCO Public Workshop - Port Deposit Transit Feasibility Study 

You are invited to a public meeting on April 17 at 6:30 p.m., at the Port Deposit Presbyterian Church to help shape the future of transportation in Port Deposit. The concerns and ideas you express will be the basis for identifying potential public transit services and other transportation improvements.

 

The Town of Port Deposit and WILMAPCO are conducting a study to identify the feasibility and community interest in extending public transit service to Port Deposit. The study will also identify potential improvements for walking and bicycling in and around Port Deposit and help the development of the Cecil County Bicycle Plan.

 

The Port Deposit Transit Feasibility and Multimodal Transportation Plan will support the transportation goal in the town's comprehensive plan: "provide for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods that promotes walkability and use of non-motorized forms of transportation." Though surveys, public meetings, and an advisory committee WILMAPCO would like to listen to your concerns and ideas so that we can develop a plan that includes your top priorities. Potential transportation services and improvements might be public bus routes, sidewalks, bicycle routes, greenways, and safety projects. 

 

To learn more:

 

trainMember Agency News

RodneySqPublic Hearing Workshops for Bus Service Changes including Wilmington's Rodney Square
According to a March 15, DART news release, "Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) will conduct four Public Hearing Workshops to obtain comments on proposed changes to DART First State Fixed Route Bus Service for Kent and New Castle Counties to become effective Sunday, June 17, 2012." Public Hearings will be held at the following times and locations:

  • Tuesday, April 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Carvel State Office Building, 2nd Floor Auditorium, 820 N. French Street, Wilmington
  • Wednesday, April 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30  p.m., DelDOT Admin. Bldg., Farmington/Felton Room, 800 Bay Road (US 113), Dover
  • Thursday, April 12, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., WILMAPCO, 850 Library Ave., Suite 100, Newark 

Proposed service changes include rerouting all bus routes currently serving Rodney Square.  To view the list of proposed changes, please visit www.DartFirstState.com.

At the hearing, a reporter will transcribe comments for the public record. People unable to attend may send their comments to DART First State Public Hearing, P.O. Box 1670, Wilmington, DE 19899-1670.  Comments can also be e-mailed through the DART website at www.DartFirstState.com/publichearing. All written and emailed comments must be received by April 13, 2012.

DartGoogleDART Brings On-Line Google Transit Trip Planning to its Riders
According to a DART news release, "The Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) - DART First State became a partner with Google to provide on-line trip planning via 'Google Transit' on its DartFirstState.com website. Google Transit will display bus routes, and provide scheduled trip times, and transfers for travel between any of DART's destinations, transit hubs, bus stops, and rail stations, integrating the data into Google Maps interface for access to desired travel information." 

 

To use the Trip Planning feature go to www.DartFirstState.com and look for the DART GOOGLE TRIP PLANNER box on the right side of the page and 'click' on the words 'Let's Get Started.' A drop-down menu will appear asking you where you want to Start from, what's your Destination, the Date and Time. Then 'click' on the 'BUS' icon for the transit option. 

 

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SCTSSCT Public Hearing

Senior Services and Community Transit (SSCT) will conduct a Public Hearing by request to review SSCT's Annual Transportation Proposal (ATP) for FY 2013.

 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

9:00 a.m.

1st Floor, Elk Room

200 Chesapeake Blvd.

Elkton, MD 21921

 

The proposal requests $222,051 Section 5311 funding and $134,073 Statewide Special Transportation Assistance Program funding from the Maryland Transit Administration and the Federal Transit Administration.

 

ATP capital requests for FY 2013 include:

  • Replacement of transit units (2 buses) - $145,972
  • Preventive Maintenance Expenses - $104,000
  • Bus Shelters - $30,400
  • Roush Clean Tech Propane Autogas fuel systems - $21,800
  • Video Cameras for project completion - $16,860

Requests for a public hearing must be made in writing to:  

 

Senior Services and Community Transit

200 Chesapeake Blvd., Elkton, MD 21921

Requests must be received by April 2, 2012

 

If you wish to review the proposals prior to the hearing please contact Gary Blazinsky at 410-996-8422 or submit written comments to the address above.

 

GISDelaware GIS 2012 Conference: From the Ground Up

The Delaware GIS Conference: From the Ground Up will be held on April 26 at the Sheraton Conferce Center in Dover. Conference presentations will include Sea Level Rise, LiDAR, Addressing, Hydrogeology, Asset Management, Emergency Management, Community Planning, Mapping Applications, Health, Education, History, Cloud Computing, and more. For more information, please visit http://www.degis.org/index.html.

 

DVRPCDVRPC Hosting NTI "Transportation and Land Use" Workshop 

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) will host a Transportation and Land Use workshop from April 3-5.  This three-day course is designed to help practitioners develop a multimodal transportation system that supports desired land uses and help shape land uses to support the transportation system. The course will assist participants in understanding the relationships between transportation and land use; the processes through which transportation and land use issues can be jointly addressed; and implementation steps to ensure that transportation and land use systems are designed in a compatible, mutually supportive manner. The course is targeted towards a diversity of participants, including planning and engineering staff at state, regional, local, and federal transportation agencies; local planning staff and officials; staff of other resource agencies; consultants for these agencies; and other stakeholders such as developers, citizen activists, and business leaders.  For more information, please visit http://www.dvrpc.org/.

 

MDMaryland Transportation Financing and Infrastructure Investment Act of 2012 Introduced

Governor Martin O'Malley submitted to the General Assembly the Maryland Transportation Financing and Infrastructure Investment Act of 2012, a bill that seeks to address the State's transportation infrastructure needs. The proposed legislation phases in a six percent sales tax on motor fuel at two percent each year for three years that will generate an additional $613 million in revenue to address Maryland's urgent transportation infrastructure needs and support an estimated 7,500 jobs for Maryland families. The sales tax would be applied to the retail price of motor fuel minus any federal and state taxes. The bill also contains stronger protections for the Transportation Trust Fund, including automatic repayment of transfers from the Fund; using the Treasurer's guidance on the potential impact of the State's credit rating before transfers occur; and a repayment plan with specific payback provisions provided for in the bill if there is an emergency. For more information, please visit http://www.gov.state.md.us/downtheroad.asp.


UDTwo New University of Delaware Publications are Available Online  

Complete Streets in Delaware: A Guide for Local Governments
This publication is intended to help Delaware local governments achieve complete streets in order to provide more balanced transportation systems and create healthy, livable environments for motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders of all ages an abilities. Delaware local governments can use this resource to evaluate the extent to which their community vision, plans, policies, design standards, and facility-maintenance practices are consistent with complete-streets principles.  To view the document, please click here: http://www.ipa.udel.edu/publications/CompleteStreetsGuide-web.pdf.

 

Winter Maintenance of Pedestrian Facilities in Delaware: A Guide for Local Governments

This publication describes how Delaware local governments can improve sidewalk snow removal and winter-maintenance practices in order to foster walking as a year-round activity and safe mode of transportation. The publication explains how Delaware local governments can clarify and better coordinate responsibilities for winter maintenance of pedestrian facilities, improve the timely removal of snow on pedestrian facilities, ensure ADA compliance, consider winter maintenance best practices and snow removal innovations, and adopt winter maintenance. http://www.ipa.udel.edu/publications/SnowRemoval.pdf.

 

BusNew Premium Express Bus Service between NYC and Wilmington

According to the March 1, DART Rider News, "Greyhound and Peter Pan Bus Lines have announced express twice daily round-trip service between New York City and Wilmington. Tickets are on sale at  www.mygreyhoundexpress.com or www.peterpanbus.com.  Express Service provides customers with a premium service on new buses equipped with onboard amenities such as free Wi-Fi, leather seats, extra legroom, and power outlets. The Express Service operates from dedicated gates and a private waiting area, where a guest services specialist provides an extra level of service for customers."

 

 

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WalksAmerica Walks Releases New Resources: Two White Papers to Help Communities Reduce Automobile Speeds

According to an America Walks press release, "American Walks has released two new white papers aimed at reducing automobile speeds as a key strategy to making America a great place to walk. 

These papers describe the way that many transportation professionals continue to think about speed, outline some of the challenges for changing the way we address speed in our communities, and identify some areas where we can begin to shift the paradigm."  For more information, please visit http://americawalks.org/wp-content/upload/America-Walks-Press-Release-Speed-White-Papers-March-2012.pdf.   

 

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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