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 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

July 2012 

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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.    


Data and Demographics Subcommittee

July 9, 10 a.m.   

*Meeting Tentative 


Congestion Management Subcommittee
July 12, 1 p.m.    



July 12, 6:30 p.m.    


July 19, 10 a.m.

WILMAPCO Summer Picnic
July 19, 12 p.m.

Visit the WILMAPCO Exhibit Table at the Following Events:

Southbridge Weekend
July 21
Elbert-Palmer Elementary School

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In this issue...


Member Agency News 

         Delaware Transit Corporation Welcomes New Executive Director 

Local News  

 National News


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TIGERDelaware Receives $10 Million to Improve the Newark Train Station  

According to a University of Delaware press release, "The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $10 million TIGER IV grant to the Newark Regional Transportation Center Station Improvement Project," to be located on the former Chrysler Assembly Plant, now owned by the University of Delaware.  "WILMAPCO, the lead sponsor of the project, requested a $10 million grant as part of the $26 million project to construct the redesigned station. The project is also funded by the State of Delaware, University of Delaware, City of Newark and New Castle County."  For more information, please visit


BikeDEBig Win for Biking in Delaware

According to a June 22 Bike Delaware post, "Thursday evening (6/21), the Joint Committee on Capital Improvement of the Delaware General Assembly unanimously voted to approve capital budgets for DelDOT and DNREC that included $13.25 million dollars dedicated to walking and bicycling. In other words, we won. We won big. It's not over until June 30 when the full General Assembly votes on the bill but Thursday night was an enormous victory."  For more information, please visit


BikeSummitRegister for the 2012 Delaware Bike Summit  

Registration has opened for the 2012 Delaware Bike Summit to be held on September 7.  This year's summit is being held at one of Delaware's premiere event venues, Dover Downs Hotel and Casino.  Bike Summit attendees will even have the opportunity to participate in a post-summit ride on a professional race car speedway!  Since the first Bike Summit, Delaware has been designated as one of the top ten bicycle friendly states.  Thanks in small part to the Delaware Bike Summit. Let's help keep the momentum going and make biking a healthy, convenient, and attractive form of transportation for all Delawareans. For more information or to register, please visit



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DTCDelaware Transit Corporation Welcomes New Executive Director

According to a Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) press release, "DTC, operating the statewide buses and trains of DART First State welcomed its new Executive Director, Lauren Skiver, on April 2, 2012. Director Skiver comes to DTC after serving as Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) for several years." To view the full press release, please visit:


DARTDART Service Changes to Start July 15
According to a DART First State press release, "DART has announced that changes to DART First State fixed route bus service will become effective July 15, 2012. In New Castle County all routes originally proposed to no longer serve Rodney Square will continue their normal route patterns; however, the detour for the Rodney Square King St. bus stop will remain in effect during construction."  To learn about additional service changes, please call 1-800-652-DART or visit   



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DistractedDriverU.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $900,000 for Delaware Anti-Distraction Pilot Project

According to a Delaware Office of Highway Safety (OHS) press release, "U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the OHS will receive $900,000 in federal support to expand the Department's 'Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other.'  If a police officer observes you using a handheld device while driving they can pull you over and give you a $106 fine for your first offense.  If you get caught again penalties increase and can go up to $300.  Violations do not incur points on your driver's license." For more information, please visit:

IndustrialTrailFirst Phase of Biking and Walking Trail Between Wilmington and New Castle is Complete
According to a June 8th WDEL article, "A six-mile path through nature will soon connect Wilmington with New Castle.  For now, a two-mile stretch or phase one of the New Castle Industrial Track Greenway Trail is complete. The trail was built by DelDOT with $1 million from the federal government. The second phase will be two miles from the north side of I-295 to the southern edge of the Christina River. The third phase covers two miles between Russell Petersen Wildlife Refuge marsh to the existing Wilmington Riverfront walkway. The full Greenway is expected to be complete this summer."  To view the source article, please visit:

NortheastProjectsNortheast States Earn Top Transportation Project Awards 

According to an AASHTO press release, "Projects that improved safety for drivers and pedestrians, eliminated major traffic snarls, and helped communities rebuild and recover from natural disasters were all recipients of top honors in the regional America's Transportation Awards competition. Eleven transportation projects from seven northeastern states were nominated." The Maryland State Highway Administration's US 13 Drainage Improvement project earned the Under Budget Award and the Maryland State Highway Administration's Intercounty Connector won Best Use of Innovation category.  For more information, please visit:


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TIGERGrantsU.S. Transportation Secretary Announces Funding for 47 TIGER 2012 Projects  

According to a June 22 U.S. Department of Transportation press release, "U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that 47 transportation projects in 34 states and the District of Columbia will receive a total of almost $500 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation's TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) 2012 program.  The TIGER program is a highly competitive program that is able to fund innovative projects difficult or impossible to fund through other federal programs. In many cases, these grants will serve as the final piece of funding for infrastructure investments totaling $1.7 billion in overall project costs. These federal funds are being leveraged with money from private sector partners, states, local governments, metropolitan planning organizations, and transit agencies.  Applications for this most recent round of grants totaled $10.2 billion, far exceeding the $500 million set aside for the program. In all, the Department received 703 applications from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia."  For more information, please visit:


TransLegHouse, Senate Strike Deal on Transportation Bill, Student Loans

According to a June 28 article in The Hill, "Senate and House negotiators have struck a deal to combine the transportation reauthorization, student loan bill, and flood insurance legislation in a package expected to pass by the end of the week, according to congressional sources. To secure a deal on transportation, House Republicans agreed to drop their demands for language expediting the authorization of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline and loosening regulations on coal ash. In return, they won a concession from Democrats to streamline permitting of transportation projects. The package will also include the Restore Act, a priority of Gulf-state senators, which ensures a large majority share of the money from fines related to the 2010 BP oil spill will go to their states, according to a senior Senate aide."  To view the source article, please visit:


TransitRidershipPublic Transportation Ridership Use Surged in First Quarter 2012

According to an American Public Transit Association (APTA) press release, "Public transportation ridership surged in the first quarter of 2012, as Americans took nearly 2.7 billion trips, an increase of 5% over the first quarter of last year, according to a report released by APTA. This was the fifth consecutive quarter of U.S. public transit ridership increase, as 125.7 million more trips were taken than the first quarter of 2011." To see the complete APTA 2011 ridership report, please visit:    


ObesityAccelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation

Many aspects of the obesity problem have been identified and discussed; however, there has not been complete agreement on what needs to be done to accelerate progress. Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention from the Institute of Medicine presents five key recommendations to bring about meaningful change. The study suggests that the causes of the nation's obesity epidemic have much more to do with the absence of sidewalks and the limited availability of healthy and affordable foods than a lack of personal responsibility.  For more information, please visit:


AASHTOBikeGuideNew AASHTO Bike Guide: Helping Road Designers Meet the Needs of Bicyclists 

According to an American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) press release, "Local, state, and federal transportation agencies are responding to the increased popularity of bicycling by implementing a wide variety of bicycle-related projects and programs. The Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, 4th Edition released earlier this month by the AASHTO and Transportation Officials gives transportation designers and builders sound guidance on ways to incorporate bicyclists into the roadway environment. The guide includes guidelines to design, build, modernize, and preserve bicycle facilities, signage, and bicycle parking facilities that can accommodate daily commuters and recreational users." For more information, please visit:


MilitaryMilitary Planners Want to Make Bases more Walkable 

According to a May 19th Army Times article, "At military installations, suburban-style sprawl is out and walkable communities are in, under new Defense Department planning guidelines released Thursday. The guidelines call for 'compact development' that incorporates mass transit and a mix of residential housing close to shops and other businesses. Energy conservation is a key goal; trees and other greenery should be considered as well."  For more information, please visit:


DisabilitiesTransportation's Impacts on People with Disabilities

According to the June 2012 APHA Transportation and Public Health E-Newsletter, "A new report, 'Equity in Transportation for People with Disabilities,' from The American Association of People with Disabilities and The Leadership Conference Education Fund found several problems for people with disabilities living in both urban and rural areas when it comes to basic transportation. While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires public transportation systems to be accessible, many  transportation systems remain inaccessible. As a result, roughly 31 percent of people with disabilities report having insufficient transportation compared to 13 percent of the general population. The report provides various recommendations around funding, programs, enforcement, and more."  For more information, please visit:


IARCDiesel Engine Exhaust Carcinogenic   

According to a June 12th International Agency for Research on Cancer statement, "After a week-long meeting of international experts, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO), classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans, based on sufficient evidence that exposure is associated with an increased risk for lung cancer.  The scientific evidence was reviewed thoroughly by the Working Group and overall it was concluded that there was sufficient evidence in humans for the carcinogenicity of diesel exhaust. The working group found that diesel exhaust is a cause of lung cancer (sufficient evidence) and also noted a positive association (limited evidence) with an increased risk of bladder cancer. The working group concluded that gasoline exhaust was possibly carcinogenic to humans, a finding unchanged from the previous evaluation in 1989."  For more information, please visit:


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