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 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

May 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.       


Congestion Management Subcommittee
May 10, 1 p.m.



May 10, 6:30 p.m. 


First State Trails and Pathways Plan 

Public Workshop

May 14,  4-7 p.m.  


May 17, 10 a.m.

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 National News


walkerWILMAPCO News


 UPWP1Final Week to Comment on WILMAPCO's Draft FY 2013 UPWP  

One week remains to comment on WILMAPCO's Draft FY 2013 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP).  Each year, with input from our member agencies, we develop our work program and budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The $1.9 million UPWP details the transportation planning work WILMAPCO will undertake .  You are invited to review and provide written comments on the Draft FY 2013 UPWP through Tuesday, May 8.  The document will be available during the public comment period at WILMAPCO's office or online at For more information, to comment, or to request a hard copy, please contact or call (302) 737-6205.      


 PMPM2.5 Reaffirmation

WILMAPCO will be reaffirming its fine particulate matter (PM2.5) analysis this May, in step with an upcoming conformity analysis in the Philadelphia region.  Public comments will be accepted from through May 7, 2012.  For more information, please visit   


 TrailPlanJoint DelDOT, DNREC, and WILMAPCO Public Workshop on the First State Trails and Pathways Plan

To promote better walking and cycling join DelDOT, DNREC, and WILMAPCO for a
public workshop on the First State Trails and Pathways Plan on May 14, from 4 to 7 p.m., at WILMAPCO. Details regarding planned projects will be available for review and comment, including the New Castle Industrial Track Greenway, City of New Castle Pathway, Newark to Wilmington Pathway, Pomeroy Trail, C & D Canal Trail, Southern New Castle County Middletown to Canal Path, and Wilmington Brandywine to Christina Path. In addition, workshops will be held on May 10 from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Dover City Hall and May 17, at the Lewis City Hall to highlight projects in Kent and Sussex counties.


TODNorth East Transit Oriented Development Plan Public Workshop

WILMAPCO and the Town of North East are seeking ideas to guide planning for a bus transit hub, potential future commuter rail station, transportation connections, and surrounding development. On May 23, an Open House Workshop will be held at the North East Town Hall (106 S Main St, North East, MD 21901) from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a presentation to the Mayor and Commissioners at 7 p.m.  Additional details are available at


SURVEYPort Deposit Transit Feasibility Survey

The Town of Port Deposit and WILMAPCO would like your help to plan for future transportation in Port Deposit. We are seeking your thoughts to gauge what public transit service and other transportation improvements are needed in the town.  If you live, work, or play in Port Deposit, please take a minute to fill out a brief survey by clicking the following link: Port Deposit Survey.  For more information about the Study, please visit 


wcwWalkable Community Workshop is Set for Garfield Park

Making local communities pedestrian friendly is the focus of a workshop scheduled for May 3, at the Garfield Park Activity Center south of Wilmington.  This WILMAPCO workshop will be held in partnership with New Castle County Community Services and Delaware Greenways.   


The Walkable Community Workshop program concentrates on identifying real-world problems and hands-on solutions for local communities. During the workshop, WILMAPCO staff will deliver a presentation on the elements of a walkable community and solutions to common issues. They then will lead participants on an interpretive walking tour (called a "walkabout" or "ped audit") of a pre-determined study area emphasizing seeing the community from the perspective of a pedestrian.  Then workshop participants put pen to paper and identify problems and potential solutions on large maps.  WILMAPCO collects these, and then produces an action report.


The workshops are free. For more information or to register for the upcoming Garfield Park workshop, please contact Susan Eggart at (302) 395-5651 or For more information on WILMAPCO's Walkable Community Workshop program, please visit


Walkable Communities Workshop

Thursday, May 3rd

Garfield Park Activity Center

26 Karlyn Drive, New Castle, DE

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.



trainMember Agency News

bridgeAugustine Cut-Off Bridge Public Meeting

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) would like to invite the residents of Wilmington and all other interested parties to a public meeting to discuss the design of the proposed rehabilitation improvements to the Augustine Cut-Off Bridge over the Brandywine River in Wilmington. The purpose of the workshop is to present information and solicit public input regarding the rehabilitation of Bridge 1-585, which carries Augustine Cut-Off over Brandywine Creek. The meeting will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Monday May 14 at Warner Elementary School in the lobby in front of the auditorium.  For more information, please contact DelDOT Public Relations at 1-800-652-5600 or 302-760-2080.  


dashboardDelDOT Dashboard Debuts on Agency Website

According to an April 9 DelDOT press release, "Citizens interested in knowing more about the performance of DelDOT can now scan an online dashboard on the agency's website that measures a variety of key service indicators. The new dashboard, accessible from the agency's home page ( is part of Secretary Shailen Bhatt's ongoing effort to make DelDOT more understandable and transparent to those who use and pay for the state's transportation system.  The DelDOT dashboard displays statistics that measure agency success in four general areas. They are condition, customer service, performance and safety. Within each of the measurement areas are various gauges showing agency performance statewide, by agency division, by county or by mode of transportation.

Examples of information to be found on the DelDOT dashboard include the following: 

  • As of December 2011, the percentage of bridges statewide rated in good or fair condition was 89 percent.
  • 91 percent of road users felt the state's transportation system met their needs, as measured in a 2009 customer satisfaction study.
  • As of March 2012, the statewide overall wait time for DMV offices was 14 minutes.
  • There have been 16 traffic fatalities on Delaware roads as of March 27 of this year.  

DelDOT's dashboard will be refreshed and expanded as performance targets are set and more data becomes available."  For more information, please visit  


directorDelDOT Announces New Directors for Finance and Delaware Transit
According to an April 12 DelDOT press release, "DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt has announced the addition of two new Directors to DelDOT's Management Team. Pamela Lowe has recently been hired as DelDOT's Finance Director, overseeing the department's finance division, including the Transportation Trust Fund. Ms. Lowe is a professional engineer and has an extensive background in project and operational budgeting. She has worked in most phases of transportation, including managing complex programs and delivering projects on budget.

Lauren Skiver joined the DelDOT team on April 2, as the new Executive Director of the Delaware
Transit Corporation (DTC). Ms. Skiver has worked in the transit industry for 16 years and began
her career at Hillsborough Area Regional Transit in Tampa, Florida as a maintenance clerk. She
successfully completed the agency's Executive Internship Program and was named the Director of Paratransit and Customer Service in 2000. Ms. Skiver accepted a position with the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) in 2006, as the Director of Mobility Services and was promoted to
Deputy Chief Operating Officer in 2009. Her focus at DTC will be directed at managing DTC's paratransit demand, achieving customer satisfaction, and fostering employee development." For more information please visit 



bikeLocal News


BikeMonthNational Bike Month

May is National Bike Month.  Bike to Work Day events are scheduled on May 18 in Newark at the Trabant University Center on S. College Ave. and Delaware Ave. at 7:30 a.m. In Wilmington there will be a 7:30 a.m., ride to H.B. DuPont Park (11th and West Streets) for a reception at 8 a.m. Other highlights include the traditional Legislator's Bike to Work Ride on May 9, the Ride of Silence on May 26, and the Wilmington Grand Prix on May 18 through 20. For other bicycling events, please visit     


biketoschoolGear up for the first-ever National Bike to School Day

The National Center for Safe Routes to School is coordinating the first-ever National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 9.  In New Castle County Claymont, Elbert-Palmer, Maple Lane, and Mount Pleasant Elementary schools are holding Bike (or walk) to School Day events.  

  • Claymont students who walk to school for two weeks will have an ice cream and karaoke party on May 9 along with daily giveaways.
  • Maple Lane is encouraging students to bike to school and planning a bike safety assembly where 200 bike helmets will be distributed to students in early June. 
  • Elbert-Palmer students whose parents complete a survey will be entered in a drawing to win a new bicycle.  The school is also planning bike safety education during field day in partnership with local police officers.
  • Mount Pleasant is planning a park and walk event on May 4th in partnership with Bellevue State Park and WILMAPCO, where parents will park at the state park and walk with students to school.   

For more information about Safe Routes to School programs in New Castle County, please visit


PANew Pennsylvania Law: Drivers Must Give Cyclists a Wider Berth
According to an April  3 Philadelphia Inquirer article, "A new law in Pennsylvania requiring cars and trucks to give four feet of clearance when passing a cyclist simply put on the books what good drivers should be doing already. The statewide law allows drivers to pass over yellow lane lines to make way for cyclists. Cars turning left must also yield to bikes coming from the opposite direction."  For more information, please visit

omalleyGovernor O'Malley Receives National Award for Planning Leadership 

According to a Maryland Department of Planning press release, "The American Planning Association warded Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley its 2012 Planning Leadership Award for his advocacy of environmental planning issues. The association made the announcement at its National Planning Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Planning Advocate award recognizes an individual who has advanced or promoted the cause of planning in the public arena. The APA, which represents the field of city and regional planning in the United States, has 40,000 members, including more than 16,000 certified planners."  For more information, please visit



car graphicNational News


tigerTIGER Grant Demand Outpaces Supply 20-to-1  

According to the Journal of Commerce, "State and local government agencies requested $10.2 billion in funding, but only $500 million is available. The $10.2 billion in requested Department of Transportation TIGER grants exceeded supply by a factor of more than 20, the agency said recently. State and local government agencies submitted 703 applications for the $500 million available in this round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Program, DOT Secretary Ray LaHood wrote. Money requested through the last round of the program outpaced supply by a factor of 27."  WILMAPCO was among the organizations submitting TIGER applications to fund construction of a new Newark Train Station.  For more information on the Newark Station project, please visit



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


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