News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)
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.
Transportation Working Group
April 3, 3 p.m.
April 5, 10 a.m.
Data and Demographics
April 9, 10 a.m.
Congestion Management Subcommittee
April 12, 1 p.m.
April 16, 7 p.m.
Public Workshop - Port
Deposit Transit Feasibility Study
Port Deposit Presbyterian
April 19, 10 a.m.
For updates or more
information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit www.wilmapco.org.
Draft UPWP Available for
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:
feasibility study of a Cross-Town Connector paralleling 1-95 in
the City of Wilmington.
technical assistance with the City of Newark's Bicycle Plan
an analysis for a service road alignment along Route 896 between
Porter Road and Old Baltimore Pike
an analysis that seeks to identify improvements for Commons
Boulevard and Airport Road
activities for Cecil County include:
a walking and biking program and facilities for the Town of
with the Town of Cecilton on developing a Safe Routes to School
Transit Oriented Development Plan for the Town of North East.
a MARC commuter rail service extension ridership analysis in
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 email@example.com or call (302) 737-6205.
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.
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
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
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:
Hearing Workshops for Bus Service Changes including Wilmington's Rodney
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:
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
April 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., DelDOT Admin. Bldg.,
Farmington/Felton Room, 800 Bay Road (US 113), Dover
April 12, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., WILMAPCO, 850 Library Ave.,
Suite 100, Newark
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.
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
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
SSCT Public Hearing
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,
1st Floor, Elk
Elkton, MD 21921
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.
requests for FY 2013 include:
- Replacement of transit units (2 buses) -
- Preventive Maintenance Expenses - $104,000
- Bus Shelters - $30,400
- Roush Clean Tech Propane Autogas fuel
systems - $21,800
- Video Cameras for project completion -
Requests for a
public hearing must be made in writing to:
and Community Transit
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.
Delaware 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.
DVRPC Hosting NTI "Transportation
and Land Use" Workshop
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
Financing and Infrastructure Investment Act of 2012 Introduced
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
New University of Delaware Publications are Available Online
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.
of Pedestrian Facilities in Delaware: A Guide for Local Governments
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.
New 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
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."
America Walks Releases
New Resources: Two White Papers to Help Communities Reduce Automobile
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.
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.
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.