News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)
Final 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 www.wilmapco.org/upwp.
For more information, to comment, or to request a hard copy, please
contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (302) 737-6205.
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 www.wilmapco.org/aq.
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.
North 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 www.wilmapco.org/northeast.
Port Deposit Transit
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 www.wilmapco.org/portdeposit.
Workshop is Set for Garfield Park
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.
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 SEggert@nccde.org.
For more information on WILMAPCO's Walkable Community Workshop program,
please visit www.wilmapco.org/walk.
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.
Cut-Off Bridge Public Meeting
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
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 (www.deldot.gov) 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
- As of
December 2011, the percentage of bridges statewide rated in good
or fair condition was 89 percent.
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
have been 16 traffic fatalities on Delaware roads as of March 27
of this year.
will be refreshed and expanded as performance targets are set and more
data becomes available." For more information, please visit www.deldot.gov.
DelDOT 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 www.deldot.gov.
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 www.wilmapco.org/bikemonth.
up for the first-ever National Bike to School Day
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
- 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.
information about Safe Routes to School programs in New Castle County,
please visit http://www.wilmapco.org/school-children/.
New 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 http://www.philly.com/philly/living/20120403_A_new_Pennsylvania_law_mandates_that_drivers_give_cyclists_a_wider_berth.html.
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 http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1102429805216-74/PlanningMag_Applause+for+Slow+Growth_042012.pdf.
TIGER 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 http://www.wilmapco.org/newarktrain/.
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.