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Transportation
 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

August 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.    

 

August 7, 3 p.m.

Air Quality Subcommittee
August 9, 10 a.m.

(Meeting Tentative)


Congestion Management Subcommittee
August 9, 1 p.m.

Data and Demographics Subcommittee
August 13, 10 a.m.

 

August 16, 10 a.m.

WILMAPCO and DelDOT Public Workshop
August 20, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Public Advisory Committee
August 20, 7 p.m.


Visit the WILMAPCO Exhibit Table at the Following Events:


55+ Expo
August 9
Elkton High School

Middletown Peach Festival
August 18
Middletown, DE
 

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

 

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WILMAPCO News   

Member Agency News 

Local News

National News

 

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TIPJoint WILMAPCO and DelDOT Public Hearing

You are invited to comment on the region's Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Statewide Capital Transportation Program (CTP). The TIP for New Castle County, Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland is a four-year listing of transportation priorities and projects based upon available funding. The CTP lists projects planned for Delaware, including those in the WILMAPCO TIP. Comments on the TIP may be made online at www.wilmapco.org/tip through August 29.  TIP and CTP comments can also be made by attending a public hearing on August 20, anytime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., at WILMAPCO, hosted by WILMAPCO and DelDOT.  

 

Major upcoming projects include:   

  • FY 2013 construction on South Union Street, Wilmington; Washington Street, New Castle   
  • a new DMV facility 
  • a relocated Christiana Mall Park and Ride lot   

Other projects slated for construction in FY 2013 include safety upgrades at Foulk Road and Wilson Road, SR 52 and SR 82, and Old Chestnut Hill Road intersections. Other major projects include rail improvements to promote increased trips on SEPTA, and the continued right-of-way acquisition and construction of US 301.  

 

New to the TIP is $10 million for bicycle and pedestrian pathways to promote travel choice, improve regional air quality, and reduce congestion.  

 

The TIP public comment period extends through August 29. Residents wishing to submit comments on the TIP can: 

  • Mail comments to WILMAPCO at 850 Library Ave., Suite 100, Newark, DE 19711.
  • Attend the August 20 public hearing, anytime between 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at WILMAPCO.
  • Submit comments via e-mail to wilmapco@wilmapco.org.

You can also visit our "virtual public workshop" online at
www.wilmapco.org/tip 

 

Residents wishing to submit comments on the CTP can:

  • Submit comments during the August 20 public hearing 
  • Mail comments to DelDOT Public Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903

BikeSummitRegister for the 2012 Delaware Bike Summit  

Don't miss your chance to attend the Delaware Bike Summit on September 7.  This free day-long event will bring together advocates, elected officials, town planners, health practitioners, and many more to learn about how Delaware can work to make biking a more viable form of transportation.


Sessions will include a workshop on how to apply for bicycle friendly community status, from the League of American Bicyclists. This session will use the City of Dover as a real world example as we go through their application with them.  Sessions will also include how to encourage youth and non-traditional populations to cycle, and bicycle safety including the rights and responsibilities of cyclists.  We'll also hear from the Secretaries of DelDOT and DNREC on how the First StateTrails and Pathways Plan has progressed over the past year and what this year will bring as well as updates on Federal legislation changes and how they will effect bike projects.   

 

This event will be held at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino and will include a post summit ride on a professional speedway, awards, and a reception at Frankie's. Discount room rates are available for summit attendees.  For more information and to register, please visit www.wilmapco.org/bikesummit.  

 

 

trainMember Agency News

TrolleyNew Every 10 Minutes Wilmington Trolley Service According to a July 11 DART news notice, "Starting July 16, the Route 32 Wilmington Trolley will continue to serve Market Street from 13th Street to 2nd Street.  With increased frequencies, every 10 minutes on weekdays and every 20 minutes on Saturdays, the Trolley will now also serve the Amtrak Train Station.  For downtown Wilmington workers, residents, and out-of-town tourists, the 'Every 10 Minute Route 32 Trolley' will help you take care of errands during lunchtime or find a new place to eat or shop from Rodney Square to the Train Station.  For business visitors and tourists the Market Street Trolley will also represent another way of getting there without driving headaches along with hard to find and high cost parking concerns.  Ride the Trolley all day with a Daily Pass for only $2.10 and one way rides are $1.15."  For more information, please visit www.DartFirstState.com.

 

 

 

bikeLocal News

 

DDU.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Issues "Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving"
According to a U.S. DOT June 7 press release, "Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood released a 'Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving' that offers a comprehensive strategy to address the growing and dangerous practice of using handheld cell phones behind the wheel. The plan outlines concrete steps stakeholders around the country can take to reduce the risk posed by distracted driving. While unveiling the plan, Secretary LaHood also announced $2.4 million in federal support for California and Delaware that will expand the Department's 'Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other' pilot enforcement campaign to reduce distracted driving".  For more information, please visit www.distraction.gov.

 

AQSummitNorthern Transportation and Air Quality Summit
According to a DVRPC announcement, "A cutting-edge transportation and air quality conference is coming to the Philadelphia region this summer, courtesy of the Federal Highway Administration, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and DVRPC.  Scheduled for August 7 through 8, at Loew's Hotel in Philadelphia, the Northern Transportation and Air Quality Summit (NTAQS) will bring together stakeholders to discuss the current and upcoming regulatory environment, new technologies, and current practices. The content is geared toward practitioners in the northern and Mid-Atlantic states who are involved with public agencies at all levels. A host of speakers from the national and regional levels will present on key topics, best practices, and latest information vital to transportation, planning, and air quality professionals."  For more information, please visit http://www.dvrpc.org/email/2012-07_NTAQS.htm.   

 

AmtrakAmtrak Plans 37-minute Train from New York to Philadelphia by 2040

According to a July 9 Reuters article, "Amtrak announced a $151 billion improvement plan on Monday that includes 37-minute trips from New York to Philadelphia at speeds approaching 220 miles per hour.  However, the U.S. passenger railroad will need substantial financial support from both state and federal governments to make its ambitious plan to transform rail travel in the Northeast a reality. The railroad predicted that super-fast train trips along the East Coast could be a reality by 2040. Travel times from New York to either Washington or Boston, both about 200 miles in distance, would also be slashed, to 94 minutes, the report said."  To view the source article, please visit http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/10/usa-newyork-amtrak-idUSL2E8I9ER920120710.

 

AmericanLungAmerican Lung Association's Breathe Smarter Campaign 

According to an American Lung Association email, "The American Lung Association has released an edgy public service advertising (PSA) campaign featuring provocative television, online and out-of-home components to encourage people to download the charity's new State of the Air® smartphone application.  The State of the Air app enables users to enter their zip code or use the geo-locator functionality to get current and next-day air quality conditions. The app also provides levels of both ozone and particle pollution, and pushes out alerts if local air quality is code orange or worse.  The American Lung Association app is available for Apple in iTunes and for Android in Google Play or at www.lung.org/stateoftheairapp.    

 

Sustainable2012 Sustainability & Public Transportation Workshop 

According the the APTA webiste, "The 2012 Sustainability & Public Transportation Workshop is scheduled for August 5 through 8, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia, PA. This workshop features cutting-edge speakers and break-out groups presenting environmentally/energy efficient, economically sound and socially responsible developments and practices to advance public transportation's role in sustainability."  For more information, please visit http://www.apta.com/mc/sustainability/Pages/default.aspx. 

 

DOEDOE Consortium LED Street Lighting Workshop

According to a DOE flyer, "LED Street Lighting is being implemented across the U.S. in cities, towns, and on highways. This workshop is designed to educate decision makers and end users on how to count the costs associated with converting to LED and how to identify appropriate application. The Workshop is presented by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium (Consortium) and hosted by the City of Boston."  For more information, please visit  www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/ssl/consortium_boston2012.html.

  

 

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MAP21Surface Transportation Reauthorization

According to an Association for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) press release, "Congress has passed and the President has signed a two-year authorization bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21).  MAP-21 reduces the number of highway and transit programs and does not include any earmarks.  The law establishes the process for States and MPOs to implement performance measures, expedites project delivery (including greater use of planning documents in the federal environmental review process), increases funding for safety, expands tolling opportunities, significantly increases funding for innovative finance, expands the use of federal transit funding for operations, and many other policy changes." To view the full text of MAP-21, please visit http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/s1813/text.  Several organizations have compiled analysis on MAP-21 and many are available at: www.pbtransportationupdate.com/legislation/surface_transportation_authorization.aspx.  

 

APNew Android App Helps Visually-Impaired Get Around with Transit

According to the June 21st Daily Good, "There's an app for everything, it seems, but the penetration of mobile technology into more and more realms of life isn't all that useful if you can't see the screen. A new Android app called 'OnTheBus' is a guide for people who need to get around big cities with public transportation, but unlike other GPS programs, the app uses gesture and voice recognition to be especially helpful for people with 'visual, hearing, or cognitive impairments."  For more information, please visit www.onthebus-project.com.

 

StatePublicTrans2012 State Public Transportation Partnerships Conference
The 2012 State Public Transportation Partnerships Conference, a cooperative effort of the Community Transportation Association, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), is taking place August 14-16, 2012, at the Sax Chicago Hotel in Chicago, Ill. The conference emphasizes the important role states play in support of public transportation. The agenda includes best practices and programs of state associations and state DOTs as well as federal, state and local partnerships for public transportation. For more information, please visit www.apta.com/mc/statepublic/Pages/default.aspx.

 

FactSheetPedestrian and Bicycle Safety Fact Sheets Now Available 

According to a Transportation Research Board (TRB) June 26 e-newsletter, "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a traffic safety facts sheet that compiles 2010 statistics on pedalcyclist fatalities and injuries in traffic crashes."  To view fact sheets, please visit http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811624.pdf.

BikeRdAuditBicycle Road Safety Audit Guidelines 

According to a Transportation Research Board (TRB) June 26 e-newsletter, "The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released a guide designed to provide transportation agencies and road safety audit (RSA) teams with a better understanding of the safety of cyclists in the transportation system when conducting an RSA. The guide includes an overview of basic principles of the safety of cyclists and potential issues affecting cyclists, as well as information on how to conduct an RSA and effectively assess the safety of cyclists."  For more information, please visit http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ped_bike/tools_solve/fhwasa12018/fhwasa12018.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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