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 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

 

November and December 2011 E-News

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

 

Technical Advisory Committee 

November 17, 10 a.m.

 

WILMAPCO Public Workshop
Newport Train Station Feasibility Study
 

November 17, 4 - 6:30 p.m. 

 

Non-motorized Transportation Working Group 

December 6, 3 p.m. 

 

Tentative Air Quality Subcommittee 

December 8, 10 a.m. 

   

Congestion Management Subcommittee 

December 8, 1 p.m.  

  

Data and Demographics Subcommittee  

December 12, 10 a.m.

 

Public Advisory Committee
December 12, 7 p.m.

 

Technical Advisory Committee 

December 15, 10 a.m.

 

WILMAPCO will be closed:

  • November 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving
  • 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.

 

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Newport 

Newport Train 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.

 

Interested residents, 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.

  

PerryvillePerryville 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 Perryville.

 

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.

 

MPEMount Pleasant Elementary School Park and Walk Event

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

 

car graphicRegional News

 Rt40 

Route 40 Project Virtual Public Workshop

DelDOT is 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/.

 

TubmanHarriett Tubman 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:

 

November 14

  • 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.     

 

November 15  

  • 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. 

 

November 16  

  • 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.  

 

AARPAARP 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 aclark@aarp.org.

 

MDTollToll Increases Begin in Maryland 

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.  

 

 

bikeNational News

 

RidershipRidership 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: 

www.apta.com/mediacenter/pressreleases/2011/Pages/111003-Ridership.aspx.

SRTSWebinar

Webinar: 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 mgulley@americawalks.org.  To register, please visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/287050016.

 Webinar 

Webinar: 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.

To register, 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 dave@saferoutespartnership.org.  

   

BikeShareU.S. 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 mhernandez@tooledesign.com, or contact Carl Sundstrom pf PBIC at (919) 843-4963, or via email at sundstrom@hsrc.unc.edu. 

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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