News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)
Bicycle Plan Public Workshops Planned for the Towns of North East and
partnership with Cecil County and its towns, Maryland Department of
Transportation, State Highway Administration, residents, bicycle
advocates, and interested stakeholders, has begun planning a
coordinated and integrated bicycle network for both the County and
The Cecil County Bicycle
Plan seeks to improve quality of life for the residents and
visitors of Cecil County by expanding the transportation system to
foster safe, inviting, and convenient choices for bicycle commuting and
recreation. The Plan will identify a bicycle network that will connect
cyclists to and within each of the towns and key destinations
throughout the County.
You are invited
and encouraged to help develop local recommendations for the towns of
North East and Cecilton during public workshops this February.
Attendees will learn about the goals of the Plan and have the
opportunity to share their concerns and ideas about the proposed
bicycle network and other improvements such as bike parking, signage,
and safety education.
The workshops will
include a presentation followed by discussion. Poster displays, maps,
and comment sheets will be available to use to tell us your thoughts on
how to improve countywide and local bicycle networks. WILMAPCO and
other staff will be available to answer questions and listen to
comments. Public workshops will be held at the following times and
Wednesday, February 1st
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
North East Town
106 South Main
North East, MD
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Cecilton Town Hall
117 West Main
Cecilton, Maryland 21913
Member Agency News
Public Workshop Mid-County DMV
According to a
DelDOT public notice, the agency invites the public to attend a public
workshop on February 21 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., to receive an update on
the status of the proposed construction of a new DMV next to DART's
maintenance facility on US 13 just south of SR 72. The workshop
will be held at the Kathryn H. Wilbur Elementary School (4050 Wrangle
Hill Road) in Bear. Attendees will have an opportunity to review
display materials and provide comments to DelDOT representatives. The
proposed project involves constructing a new DMV facility to replace
the existing facility on Airport Road in New Castle. The existing
Airport Road facility was built in 1965 and is too small to accommodate
increased population growth in New Castle County. For more information,
please visit http://www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicNotice&id=4138&month=2&year=2012.
DART First State Kicks
Off 12th Annual Transit Poster Contest
According to a
January 17th DART press release, "Don't Text and Drive! Commute
Smart, Ride DART" is the theme for DART First State's 12th Annual
Transit Poster Contest. Open to school-age children grades 6 through
12, the contest is designed to encourage students to learn more about
public transportation and its benefits, as well as the chance to see
their artwork featured by DART First State in various advertisements,
promotions, or displays." For details and contest instructions,
please call (302) 576-6016, or visit www.DartFirstState.com.
New Bus Routes Cecil and
Harford Counties: Communities of Aberdeen, Havre de Grace, and
A new local bus
route linking Cecil and Harford counties, known as Route #7 or the
"Teal" line will begin service on February 1. Initially, the
route will have nine roundtrips scheduled throughout the day Monday
through Friday. Stops along the route will include the McDonald's in
Havre de Grace, Aberdeen Train Station, Concord Apartments in
Perryville, Perryville Train Station, Perry Point VA Medical Center,
Hollywood Casino, and the Perryville Outlet Center. In addition, three
of the nine trips include a spur into downtown Havre de Grace, with
stops at Pat's Pizza, Harford Memorial Hospital, and the Graw
Apartments. The new route is the result of a partnership between the
Maryland Transit Administration, Harford County, and Cecil County. Half
of the funding for the project comes from a federal Job Access and
Reverse Commute (JARC) grant, which is administered in Maryland by the
MTA. For more information on this new bus route and to find the
official date when the bus service will commence, visit the Harford
Transit Link website at www.harfordtransitlink.org,
or Cecil Transit at www.ceciltransit.com.
By telephone, Harford Transit Link can be reached at (410) 612-1620,
and Cecil Transit can be reached at (410) 658-5574. To view the
schedule visit http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/services/transportation/download/Schedule9.pdf,
and view the route map at http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/services/transportation/download/Map9.pdf.
Responds to Northeast Corridor's Expedited Environmental Review
According to the
January 16 Progress Railroading press release, "Amtrak President
and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Boardman responded to the
announcement from the White House Council on Environmental Quality
(CEQ) and the U.S. Department of Transportation that a pilot program
would be established to expedite environmental review of the Northeast
Corridor's (NEC) high-speed rail projects. The CEQ and USDOT will work
with stakeholders to identify efficiencies to speed the environmental
review process, which will help determine possible service types and
station locations in the NEC. The pilot program calls for involving
federal, state, and local governments, as well as the public, earlier
in the environmental review process to set benchmarks that maintain
'rigorous' environmental protections, while also saving time and money
by avoiding conflicts and delays in later project-development steps,
according to the CEQ and USDOT." For more information,
please visit http://www.progressiverailroading.com/prdailynews/news.asp?id=29511.
Comments Sought for
Proposed Accessibility Guidelines
According to the
January America Walks e-news, "The US Access Board released Proposed
Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public
Right-of-Way. When adopted, these Guidelines will be the first time a
comprehensive and enforceable standard will be available to public
agencies for designing and maintaining pedestrian facilities for all
users. Significantly, the proposal would widen the accessible
pedestrian path from 32" to 48" and require installing
accessible pedestrian traffic signals (APS) when new signals are
installed or the controllers on older ones are upgraded." Comments
are needed by February 2nd." For more information on how to
comment, please visit the American Trails website at http://www.americantrails.org/resources/accessible/Accessible-rights-of-way-2011.html.
Annual Smart Growth Conference
According to the
Smart Growth Conference website, "The 11th annual New Partners for
Smart Growth Conference will be held February 2-4, at the San Diego
Sheraton Hotel and Marina. At the conference, more than 1,600 local
officials, smart growth professionals, and community leaders from
across the country will get a close look at what the San Diego region
is doing to tackle these issues while many of the nation's experts and
advocates are creating more livable, sustainable communities
elsewhere." For more information, please visit www.NewPartners.org.
Report Ranks Cities and States for Bicycling and Walking
According to a
January 23 Alliance for Biking and Walking press release, "In a
new report, Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2012
Benchmarking Report, the Alliance for Biking & Walking ranks all 50
states and the 51 largest U.S. cities on bicycling and walking levels,
safety, funding, and other factors. The Benchmarking Report reveals
that, in nearly every city and state, pedestrians and bicyclists are
disproportionately at risk of being killed, and currently receive less
than a fair share of transportation dollars. While 12 percent of trips
in the U.S. are by bike or foot, 14 percent of traffic fatalities are
bicyclists and pedestrians. Pedestrian and bicycle projects receive
less than 2 percent of federal transportation dollars. Highlights from
the report include:
- In 2009, 40% of trips in the United States
were shorter than 2 miles, yet 87% of these trips are by car.
Twenty-seven percent of trips were shorter than 1 mile. Still,
Americans use their cars for 62% of these trips.
- While bicycling and walking fell 66% between
1960 and 2009, obesity levels increased 156%.
- Seniors are the most vulnerable bicyclists
and pedestrians. Adults over 65 make up 10% of walking trips, yet
comprise 19% of pedestrian fatalities. This age group accounts for
6% of bicycling trips, yet 10% of bicyclist fatalities.
- Bicycling and walking projects create 11-14
jobs per $1 million spent, compared to just 7 jobs created per $1
million spent on highway projects. Cost benefit analysis show that
up to $11.80 in benefits can be gained for every $1 invested in
bicycling and walking.
- On average, the largest 51 U.S. cities have
shown a 29% increase in bicycle facilities since the 2010 report.
Cities report that 20,908 miles of bicycle facilities and 7,079
miles of pedestrian facilities are planned for the coming years
(much of this is contingent upon funding).
Walking in the United States: 2012 Benchmarking Report was funded by
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and made possible
through additional support from AARP and Planet Bike." To view
rankings of the 50 states and 51 largest U.S. cities, and to download
or purchase a hard copy of the report visit www.PeoplePoweredMovement.org/benchmarking.
Trail Program (RTP) and Transportation Enhancement (TE) Program Updates
Highway Administration (FHWA) updates the Recreational Trails
Program (RTP), Transportation
Enhancement (TE) Activities, and Bicycle and Pedestrian
Program web pages regularly. Below are program updates made towards
the end of 2011.
Transportation Funds Benefit Recreation - The overview of the Federal-aid
highway program funding and resources for recreation-related
facilities and for nonmotorized transportation, available for
public use, was revised in November 2011
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a - Final Policy
Statement on the Eligibility of Pedestrian and Bicycle
Improvements Under Federal Transit Law (August 19, 2011)
- The US
Department of Transportation (USDOT) revised its Environmental
Justice (EJ) Strategy in October 2011
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act:
A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), which authorized Federal surface
transportation programs, expired on September 30, 2009. Extension
#8 extended SAFETEA-LU through March 31, 2012
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee released S. 1813, MAP-21,
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, on November 9, 2011
for further updates.
2012: State of the Public
Transportation Industry by APTA CEO
According to a January 18 Transit News article, "The
American Public Transportation Association (APTA) President & CEO
Michael Melaniphy examines the needs and trends facing the public
transportation industry in his 2012: State of the Public Transportation
Industry. In the 2012 report Melaniphy addressed the significant
amount of investment that is required to address the backlog of capital
needs ($78 billion) and to meet growing demand ($60 billion
annually)." To read the 2012: State of the Public Transportation Industry
go to: http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/aptapt/issues/2012-01-13/index.html.
Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $40.8 Million to Improve
Access to America's National Parks, Forests, Wildlife Refuges
According to a January 17 U.S. Department of Transportation press
release, "U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $40.8
million for 58 projects that will provide safe, convenient access for
visitors to America's national parks, forests and wildlife refuges, and
modernize aging transportation infrastructure. The money is provided by
the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in
Parks program. The U.S. National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service,
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management and
local partner communities will receive FTA funds for the projects,
which range from redesigning and widening the Nauset Bicycle Trail at
Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts to purchasing new buses to
transport visitors between Sausalito and the Muir Woods National
Monument in California." For more information, please visit http://www.dot.gov/affairs/2012/fta0212.html.
Every Body Walk!
Committed to Getting Americans Up and Moving
According to the December 2011 Safe Routes to School e-news, "A
new app: Every Body Walk! is committed to get Americans up and moving.
The Every Body Walk! app enables you to personalize your walking plan,
connect with walking communities, learn about the latest fitness
trends, tips and more.
You can track and save your own walking routes; build your
walking history--then share your progress on Facebook; discover walking
groups and walking paths near you with an interactive map; read the
latest news about walking, health and trends; watch videos that include
walking tips, how communities are embracing walking, advice from
experts and more." To download the app, visit either the iTunes
or Android marketplaces.
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.