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 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

November 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.    


November 8, 10 a.m.


November 8, 6:30 p.m.
Elkton Municipal Building
100 Railroad Ave., Elkton

2012 Our Town
Rail in the WILMAPCO Region: Making the Connections
November 14, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Embassy Suites Hotel


November 15, 10 a.m.

WILMAPCO will be closed on November 22 and 23 for Thanksgiving.


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OurTown2012Our Town 2012, Rail in the WILMAPCO Region: Making the Connections

Registration has opened for WILMAPCO's 2012 Our Town Event.  Our Town 2012, Rail in the WILMAPCO Region: Making the Connections will be held on Wednesday, November 14, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Embassy Suites Hotel located at 654 South College Avenue (across from the Bob Carpenter Center) in Newark.  Our Town is the only local rail-centric event that brings together both passenger and freight rail experts to discuss current and future rail projects and plans.   


Senator Thomas Carper's Legislative Assistant, Collin Peppard, will provide the keynote address. The event will also feature local and regional rail experts who will detail current and future passenger and freight rail projects for New Castle County, Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland. Participants will learn the latest about upcoming rail projects including the Newark and Elkton train stations from rail industry experts who will include Amtrak and Norfolk Southern.


There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Light refreshments will also be provided. To register, please visit, or call (302) 737-6205 or toll free from Cecil County at (888) 808-7088.   


CCBPCecil County Bike Plan - Final Public Workshop

After a year of planning, the Cecil County Bicycle Plan is wrapping up.  The draft document is available for public comment up until the open house public workshop.  County residents and other stakeholders are invited to attend the open house workshop on Tuesday, November 20, anytime between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Cecil County Cecil County Administrative Building, 200 Chesapeake Boulevard, 1st Floor, Elkton.  This is the last workshop before it is presented to the Cecil County Board of Commissioners for adoption.  During the workshop participants will have the chance to review the draft document and staff will be available to answer questions and listen to comments.  The draft document and other information can be viewed at


NewarkBikePlanHelp Shape the Future of Bicycling in Newark

The City of Newark, WILMAPCO, and the Newark Bicycle Committee are developing a Newark Bicycle Plan and will be holding an open house public workshop on December 6, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Newark Municipal Building, 220 Elkton Road, Newark. We are developing the Plan to make bicycling a more safe and convenient choice for transportation and recreation. The workshop will seek community feedback regarding existing conditions and concerns, and recommended facilities, programs and policies to promote a more bicycle-friendly community. For more information visit or call (302)737-6205.



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MDCTPMaryland Capital Transportation Program Tour Meeting has been Postponed

The Cecil County Capital Transportation Program (CTP) tour meeting that had been scheduled for October 30 has been postponed until November 2 at 2 p.m., due to Hurricane Sandy.  The meeting will be held at the Elkton Central Library, 301 Newark Avenue, Elkton MD 21921. Each fall, MDOT presents its draft, six-year list of planned capital transportation projects to every county and Baltimore City for review and comment. The meeting provides an opportunity for local officials, citizens, and state transportation officials to exchange information on transportation issues and planned projects. For more information, please visit


StufftheBusDart "Stuff the Bus" Food Drive

Join DART First State, in partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware for "Stuff The Bus" 2012, the 15th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Last year, Stuff The Bus was successful in collecting 11.2 tons of nonperishable food for the Food Bank of Delaware.

Wednesday, November 7, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Acme, Fairfax Shopping Center, US Route 202

Thursday, November 8, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rodney Square, Market Street side, Wilmington 


Friday, November 9, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Rodney Square, Market Street side, Wilmington

At each collection site, DART First State will be available to help stuff the bus and will provide public transit and Food Bank information to visitors. For "Stuff The Bus" 2012 information, visit, or call us at 1-800-652-DART.


DARTServiceChangeDART's Statewide Bus Service Changes Approved for December Implementation

Lauren Skiver, Chief Executive Officer of Delaware Transit Corporation, announced that the proposed changes to DART First State Statewide Fixed Route Bus Service have been approved to become effective Sunday, December 2, 2012.


Below are the changes for New Castle County: 

  • Route 4 - bus boardings on Orange St. will be restored.
  • Route 12 - time adjustments will be made to improve on-time performance. In addition, trips will be added between the Chase Center at the Riverfront and Rodney Square to increase frequency during the morning and afternoon peak rush periods.  The new trips leaving the Chase Center are 7:16 a.m., 7:46 a.m., 8:17 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 8:35 a.m., and 8:58 a.m.; a new trip will leave Rodney Square at 4:55 p.m. 
  • Route 43 - service will be extended to the new facility in Middletown; service will end at the Odessa Park and Ride, no longer serving the town of Odessa.
  • Route 45 - a new southbound trip will be added leaving Wilmington (Delaware Ave. at Adams St.) at 6:00 p.m, arriving at Odessa Park & Ride at 6:58 p.m.
  • Route 301 - minor time adjustment for connections at Christiana Mall to Newark based routes.

For more information, visit   


SR1DelDOT Public Workshop - State Route 71 Old Porter Road to State Route 7

DelDOT is holding a Public Workshop on the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) project along State Route 71 between Old Porter Road and State Route 7. The workshop will be held on November 7 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Kathleen H. Wilbur Elementary School, 4050 Wrangle Hill Road, in Bear. The project scope includes widening of the SR71/SR7 intersection to provide additional turning lanes and signalization of the SR71/Porter Road intersection. The purpose of the project is to reduce accidents and improve safety within the area. The purpose of the workshop is to provide an opportunity for the public to review and discuss the current plans for the proposed project and provide input as it continues through the design process. Attendees will have an opportunity to review display materials and provide comments to DelDOT representatives.


PossumParkRdDelDOT Public Workshop - Possum Park Road & Old Possum Park Road Intersection Improvements

DelDOT is holding a Public Workshop to present designs for the intersection improvements along Possum Park Road at Old Possum Park Road and St. Regis Drive. The workshop will be held on November 8 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Holy Angels Church 82 Possum Park Road, Newark. Proposed improvements include the realignment of Old Possum Park Road at Possum Park Road, and constructing left turn lanes from Possum Park Road to Old Possum Park Road and St. Regis Drive. The workshop will be held on November 8, 2012 at Holy Angels Church Athletic Building. The public is invited to attend any time between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.   


ThirdTrackDelDOT Unveils $53-Million Third Track Project

According to an October 18 Release, "DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt announced the launch of the Delaware Third Track Construction Project. The project involves the addition of a third track along a 1.5-mile segment between Ragan and Brandy Interlockings on the Northeast Corridor, south of Wilmington near Banning Park. This will allow for more efficient movement and increased performance along the Corridor by commuter and intercity passenger trains. When the Third Track Construction Project is completed in early 2015, Delaware Transit Corporation will be able to add more SEPTA train frequencies between Wilmington and Newark. The project will also benefit SEPTA, Amtrak's Acela and regional train performance and improve service efficiencies. Forecasts for growth in New Castle County have compelled DelDOT to look at alternatives to the busy I-95 corridor. Amtrak's Northeast Rail Corridor parallels I-95 and offers the opportunity for commuters to use SEPTA trains instead of their personal vehicles to get to work, school and recreation."  To view the news release, visit


DelDOTAPPDelDOT APP Available for Android Smart Phone 

DelDOT has developed an application that provides the latest news, events, traffic, and travel information.  App users can also listen to Live Traffic Radio on WTMC 1380 and find out the latest before a trip including:

  • View streaming traffic cameras
  • Advisories for accidents and other incidents on the roadways 
  • Travel delays
  • Average speeds
  • Virtual Travel Times
  • Lane restrictions and road closures
  • Variable Message Signs
  • Variable Speed Limit Signs
  • Red Light Enforcement camera locations
  • Weather information
  • Facilities
  • Woodland Ferry info
  • and more!

 For more information, visit  



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CompleteCommDEComplete Communities Delaware 2012 Summit

The University of Delaware Institute for Public Administration, in cooperation with DelDOT and the Delaware Office of State Planning Coordination, will host Complete Communities Delaware Summit 2012. The event will take place on November 13, 2012, at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. This event will bring together local, regional, and national private- and public-sector leaders, as well as community stakeholders, to discuss opportunities and issues related to complete communities in Delaware. Cost to register for the Summit is $25. For registration information, visit


FortDuPontCommunity Meeting on the Future of Fort DuPont

A community meeting to discuss the future of the Historic Fort DuPont Complex will be held on November 8 at 7 p.m, at the Delaware City Fire Hall. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is seeking input into redevelopment options for the 443-acre state property between Delaware City and the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. At the first community meeting for the Fort DuPont Master Plan, Sasaki Associates will share preliminary observations and analysis of the Historic Fort DuPont Complex. Following Sasaki's presentation, community members will be asked to discuss their goals and aspirations for the property at interactive workgroup tables. The full planning team will be available to address the community's questions. For more Information, visit


SLRDNREC Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment Report Completed

According to a News Update from Delaware Coastal Programs Office, "After more than a year of study of the risks posed by sea level rise, Delaware's Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee has completed its statewide Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment report. The Vulnerability Assessment outlines the potential impacts of three future sea level rise scenarios to homes, businesses, parks, roads, farmland, habitat, wetlands, and dozens of other statewide resources. It also includes detailed data tables and maps that illustrate the scope and significance of sea level rise for the state. The Vulnerability Assessment found that between 8-11 percent of Delaware's total land area could be inundated by a sea level rise of 1.6 feet to 4.9 feet (0.5 meters to 1.5 meters). All three counties and 31 of the state's 57 cities and towns will be directly impacted." The report is available for download on DNREC's website at .


MasterPlanningDelaware Guide to Master Planning Released
According to the Delaware Office of State Planning website, "We are pleased to announce the publication of the Guide for Master Planning in Delaware. Master Planning is one of the cornerstones of good government land use activities. Master Planning brings stakeholders together to implement certified comprehensive plans by spelling out the details of, and the responsibilities for, the provision of infrastructure services in an efficient, timely, and cost-effective manner. This guide is designed to help local governments and state agencies organize and implement Master Planning projects."  To view the guide, visit



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SpeedTestAmtrak Tests 165 MPH Speeds on Trains

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According to AASHTO's September 28th Weekly Transportation Journal, "Amtrak is testing higher speeds on some of its trains in order to test their safety. These tests will be used to determine where these speeds might possibly be utilized for service. Amtrak is conducting these tests along four routes in the Northeast Corridor, where faster speeds (around 160 mph) are most likely in the future. Amtrak tested track between Perryville, MD and Wilmington, DE (a 21.3 mile trip), and also Trenton to New Brunswick, N.J. (a 22.9 mile trip) at these higher speeds. These two routes currently carry a maximum speed limit of 135 mph. The tests come as Amtrak is preparing to make $450 million in improvements in the Northeast Corridor, such as upgrading track, electrical power, and signal systems. The project is funded through the federal high-speed rail program and is expected to begin construction in 2013."  To view a video of the testing, please visit


NHTSATraffic Fatalities See Sharp Increase in First Half of 2012, NHTSA Reports

According to AASHTO's September 28th Weekly Transportation Journal, "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released preliminary data showing that traffic crash fatalities in the first six months of this year is up 9 percent from the first half of 2011, resulting in the largest half-year increase since the organization began collecting that data and marking the first time since 2006 the number did not go down." NHTSA's data on traffic fatalities for the first half of 2012 is available at


CompleteCommReportReport: Complete Communities for 21st Century America

According to an October 1st release, "Reconnecting America today released 'Are We There Yet? Creating Complete Communities for 21st Century America,' an ambitious report that tracks progress in America's regions toward a vision of complete communities. The report highlights the benefits that complete communities offer all Americans, tells stories about the work being done across the country to create complete communities, and measures progress in every region with a population above 55,000."  For more information, visit


BuiltEnvCourseFree Online Course to Assess Built Environment & Activity

According to a September 26 entry on MOVE!, a blog of Active Living Research, "The Built Environment Assessment Training (BEAT) Institute has launched a free online training course to learn how to assess the built environment for physical activity.  Participants in the introductory course will learn how to assess streetscapes, parks, and trails for physical activity. The 4-hour course is geared towards anyone with an interest in learning how to conduct audits of the built environment. Participants will learn about the main variables found in most physical activity-focused built environment audit tools. Participants will also learn how to customize the tools and train others to conduct assessments."  For more information, visit


BuiltEnvStudyStudy: Strong Link Between Diabetes & Lack of Walkability

According to September 19 Atlantic Cities article, "Many urban planners and activists subscribe to the central belief that a walkable neighborhood is a healthier one, quite literally. Science, however, has been a bit slower to prove this point with hard data. Now, a new study out of Toronto just published online in the journal Diabetes Care, adds yet more compelling evidence. Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences examined data from more than one million residents of Toronto and concluded that people who lived in less walkable neighborhoods were significantly more likely over time to develop diabetes. The effect was particularly strong for immigrants to the city, many of whom live with a high-risk combination of genetic predisposition to diabetes, poverty, and poor walkability. In the most startling finding, the study found that a new immigrant in a less walkable neighborhood was more than 50 percent more likely to develop diabetes than a long-term resident of Toronto living in one of the most walkable areas, regardless of neighborhood income."  For more information, visit


HealthyPlanningHealthy Planning: An Evaluation of Comprehensive and Sustainability Plans Addressing Public Health

The American Planning Association has released a report that discusses a framework and tools for including public health goals and objectives in jurisdictions' comprehensive planning processes. To view the report, please visit

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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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