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Transportation
 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

February 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.      

 

Nonmotorized Transportation Working Group

February 7, 3 p.m.
 

Congestion Management Subcommittee
February 9, 1 p.m.


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

 

Public Advisory Committee 

February 13, 7 p.m.   

 

February 16, 10 a.m.

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

 

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National News

 

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CecilBikeCecil County Bicycle Plan Public Workshops Planned for the Towns of North East and Cecilton 

WILMAPCO, in 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 municipalities.

 

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 locations:

 

North East
Wednesday, February 1st

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

North East Town Hall

106 South Main Street

North East, MD 21901

 

Cecilton 

Wednesday, February 8th

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Cecilton Town Hall

117 West Main Street

Cecilton, Maryland 21913

 

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DelDOTWorkshopDelDOT 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.  

 

DARTDART 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.  

 

 

Local News

CecilBusNew Bus Routes Cecil and Harford Counties: Communities of Aberdeen, Havre de Grace, and Perryville Served

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.

 

NECAmtrak's Boardman 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.

 

 

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ADAComments 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.   

 

SmartGrowthConf11th 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

 

 

WalkBikeReportNational 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).

Bicycling and 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.

 

FHWAUpdatesRecreational Trail Program (RTP) and Transportation Enhancement (TE) Program Updates 

The Federal 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.

  1. Federal 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
  2. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a - Final Policy Statement on the Eligibility of Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements Under Federal Transit Law (August 19, 2011)
  3. The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) revised its Environmental Justice (EJ) Strategy in October 2011  
  4. The 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 
  5. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee released S. 1813, MAP-21, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, on November 9, 2011  

Visit www.fhwa.dot.gov  for further updates.      

 

APTA2012: 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.

 

NationalParksU.S. 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.    

 

WalkAppEvery 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.

 

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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