News from the Wilmington
Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)
November and December 2011 E-News
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 or Cecil County toll free (888) 808-7088 for
cancellations or postponements.
November 17, 10
WILMAPCO Public Workshop
Newport Train Station Feasibility Study
November 17, 4 -
Transportation Working Group
December 6, 3
Tentative Air Quality
December 8, 10
December 8, 1 p.m.
Data and Demographics
December 12, 10 a.m.
December 12, 7 p.m.
December 15, 10 a.m.
will be closed:
- November 24 and 25 for
- December 23 and 26 for Christmas
- December 30 for New Years
For updates or more
information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit www.wilmapco.org.
Station Feasibility Study - Public Workshop
Join WILMAPCO for a Public Workshop on November
17, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Old Town Hall, 15 N. Augustine
Street, Newport. There will be a brief presentation at 4:15 p.m,
5:15 p.m., and 6 p.m., for the Feasibly Study of the Newport Train
Station. The Newport Train Station was originally built in 1908
by the Pennsylvania Railroad. The station has not been in
operation since the late 1960s, and was destroyed by fire in
2000. WILMAPCO was approached by the Town to determine the
feasibility of reopening the station.
WILMAPCO is holding a Public Open House workshop to gather
public input on a new station in Newport, including opportunities and
challenges for Transit Oriented Development (TOD). TOD is a mix
of residential and commercial use designed to make public transit
successful; walking, and bicycling convenient and safe; and provide for
a vibrant, livable community.
property, and business owners are invited to participate in the Public
Open House Workshop to help plan for the future of Newport. For more information,
call WILMAPCO at (302) 737-6205 x122, or visit www.wilmapco.org/newport.
Transit Oriented Development and Greenway Plan
WILMAPCO and the Town of
Perryville are seeking feedback on draft Transit Oriented Development
(TOD) Plan and Greenway Plan for Perryville, Maryland, available for
review at www.wilmapco.org/perryville. TOD
recommendations address the areas around the train station, town hall,
and waterfront in the historic downtown, with a focus on promoting
economic development, improving town and park facilities, and expanding
parking. Alternatives have been identified for added parking, including
possible locations for a parking garage. Draft transportation
recommendations include new greenways, sidewalks, and bicycle routes to
create safe and convenient routes for walking and bicycling throughout
The draft plans have been
developed in partnership with Perryville and with guidance from two
public workshops, a TOD Advisory Committee, a Greenway Committee, and
presentations to the Mayor and Commissioners. The concerns and ideas
expressed through these public events were the basis for preparing the
draft. For additional information, contact WILMAPCO at (302) 737-6205
or toll free from Cecil County (888) 808-7088, or visit the project
website at www.wilmapco.org/perryville.
Mount Pleasant Elementary School Park and Walk
Mount Pleasant Elementary
(MPE) School is one of several schools participating in the Delaware
Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS). Led by WILMAPCO, MPE is
working to make it safer for kids to walk and bike to school, and to
encourage more students to do so. As part of their efforts the
school is conducting its first Park and Walk event on November
18. During the event parents will meet at Bellevue State Park and
walk together with their children to school. Students who
participate will receive fun prizes and learn practical safety tips
along the way. For more information on WILMAPCO's SRTS programs,
please visit www.wilmapco.org/school-children.
40 Project Virtual Public Workshop
conducting a Virtual Public Workshop to allow public review of the 2010 Corridor Monitoring
and Triggering Report. The report illustrates the state of
transportation and landuse in the corridor though the end of
2010. The workshop includes project information, a video, and
display boards. The deadline to provide public comment is December 20,
2011. To visit the Virtual Workshop and provide comment, please click
the following link: http://deldot.gov/information/projects/rt40/virtual_workshop/2011/.
Underground Railroad Byway Focus Group
Join DelDOT and
Delaware Byways for a focus group to provide input and comments on the
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway Corridor Management Plan
(CMP). The focus group meetings will provide an opportunity to
contribute your thoughts and ideas for the development and future of
Delaware's Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway. The CMP
will develop a vision with goals and strategies for the future of
preservation, promotion, and enhancement of the Byway and its
communities. Meeting dates and times include:
- Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors
Bureau, 100 West 10th Street, Wilmington from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Delaware City Library, 250 5th Street,
Delaware City from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Historic Odessa Bank, 201 Main Street,
Odessa from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m
- New Castle Courthouse Museum, 211 Delaware
Street, New Castle from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Camden Town Hall, First Floor King Meeting
Room, 1783 Friends Way, Camden from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
- Smyrna Town Hall, 27 South Market Street
Plaza, Smyrna from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Old State House, First Floor Courtroom, 25
The Green, Dover from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information, please visit www.harriettubmandelaware.com.
AARP Listening Sessions
AARP has begun to
explore ways to engage community members and become more involved in
local communities. To aid in this effort AARP is conducting a
"Community Conversation" on November 15 at 6 p.m., at the
Neighborhood House (1218 B Street, Wilmington). AARP is seeking
active community leaders and stakeholders to provide knowledge of the
South Wilmington area along with ideas and advice on how AARP can
further support Southbridge. Light dinner will be served. To reserve a
spot, please call Ms. Clark at (302) 239-4666, or email email@example.com.
Toll Increases Begin in
According to an
article in the November 1 News Journal, "Motorists using most
Maryland toll bridges, tunnels, and highways started paying higher fees
when a statewide toll increase took effect. Tolls on I-95 between
Baltimore and the Delaware state line rose from $5 to $6 for cash
tolls, and from 80 cents to $1.50 for commuter rates. In the
Baltimore area, cash tolls will rise from $2 to $3 at the Key Bridge
and the Fort McHenry and Harbor tunnels. Cash tolls for cars on the
Chesapeake Bay Bridge, where passenger vehicles haven't faced an
increase since the 1970s, will rise from $2.50 to $4." To
view the source article, please visit: http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20111101.
on Public Transportation Continues to Rise in 2011
According to an October 3 American Public Transit
Association (APTA) press release, "Nationally, 5.2 billion trips
were taken on public transportation in the first six months of 2011, an
increase of 85.7 million trips (1.7%). All major modes of public transportation
saw increases, despite the fact that the economic downturn
continues. Heavy rail and light rail saw the largest increases in
the first six months with increases of 3.8 percent and 3.7 percent
respectively." For more information, please visit:
Keys to a Successful SRTS Program: Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers
Volunteers are an
essential part of a successful Safe Routes to School
Program. In this sixty minute webinar, to be held on
November 29 at 1 p.m., Wendi Kallins, Director of the Marin County SRTS
Program, will provide tips and tricks on where to find volunteers,
how to recruit them and importantly, how to retain and keep them
motivated once they are on board. Lourdes Perez,
Director of the Ceres Partnership for Healthy Children, will
then provide insight and tips for successfully recruiting non-English
speaking parents. This webinar is part of the Safe Routes to
School Coaching Action Network Webinar Series, developed by America
Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School. For more
information please contact Michelle Gulley at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, please
Strategies for Increasing Bicycling in Low-Income Communities
The webinar, "Strategies for Increasing Bicycling in
Low-Income Communities" to be held on November 30 at 1 p.m., will
showcase the programs of experts from organizations that have found new
and innovative ways to engage low-income communities in bicycling and
Safe Routes to School while implementing a sustainable, successful model
that increases bicycling in low-income neighborhoods.
please visit http://www.instantpresenter.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EA50DA83864C.
This webinar is
the final component of a webinar series by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership
that focuses on bicycling and Safe Routes to School. For more
information, please contact Dave Cowan at email@example.com.
Bike Sharing Program Study to Begin
According to a
November 1 news release, "The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information
Center (PBIC) and Toole Design Group announced that they will be conducting
an independent, national study of current bike sharing programs in the
United States on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration. The
final report, with an anticipated release timeframe of approximately
eight months, will be a resource of information about the
implementation of the different bike sharing schemes and provide a
guide for cities that are considering investments in bike sharing
infrastructure." For more information, please contact
Mauricio Hernandez of Toole Design at (301) 927-1900, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Carl Sundstrom pf
PBIC at (919) 843-4963, or via email at email@example.com.
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.