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.
August 7, 3 p.m.
Air Quality Subcommittee
August 9, 10 a.m.
August 9, 1 p.m.
Data and Demographics
August 13, 10 a.m.
August 16, 10 a.m.
WILMAPCO and DelDOT
August 20, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
August 20, 7 p.m.
For updates or more
information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit www.wilmapco.org.
Joint WILMAPCO and DelDOT
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.
- FY 2013
construction on South Union Street, Wilmington; Washington Street,
- a new
relocated Christiana Mall Park and Ride lot
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:
comments to WILMAPCO at 850 Library Ave., Suite 100, Newark, DE
the August 20 public hearing, anytime between 4:00 p.m. to 7:00
p.m., at WILMAPCO.
comments via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also visit
our "virtual public workshop" online at
to submit comments on the CTP can:
comments during the August 20 public hearing
- Mail comments
to DelDOT Public Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903
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.
New 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.
Secretary LaHood Issues "Blueprint for Ending Distracted
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
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
Amtrak 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.
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
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.
DOE Consortium LED Street
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
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.
New 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.