News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)
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.
For updates or more
information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit www.wilmapco.org.
Town 2012, Rail in the WILMAPCO Region: Making the Connections
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.
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 www.wilmapco.org/ourtown,
or call (302) 737-6205 or toll free from Cecil County at (888)
Cecil 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
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 www.wilmapco.org/bikenewark
or call (302)737-6205.
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,
"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
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 www.DartFirstState.com,
or call us at 1-800-652-DART.
Statewide Bus Service Changes Approved for December Implementation
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,
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 Amazon.com 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.
301 - minor time adjustment for connections at Christiana Mall to
Newark based routes.
information, visit www.DartFirstState.com.
DelDOT 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.
Public Workshop - Possum Park Road & Old Possum Park Road
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.
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 http://deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=4509.
APP Available for Android Smart Phone
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
- 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
- Woodland Ferry info
- and more!
information, visit www.delaware.gov/apps.
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,
Meeting on the Future of Fort DuPont
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 www.dnrec.delaware.gov/News/Pages/State-to-hold-community-meeting-on-future-of-Fort-DuPont.aspx.
DNREC 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 www.dnrec.delaware.gov/coastal/Pages/SLR/DelawareSLRVulnerabilityAssessment.aspx .
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 http://stateplanning.delaware.gov/docs/MasterPlanGuide.pdf.
Amtrak Tests 165
MPH Speeds on Trains
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 www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=d4gpZiUyy-U.
Traffic 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 www.nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811680.pdf.
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 http://reconnectingamerica.org/arewethereyet/home.php.
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 www.activelivingresearch.org/blog/2012/09/node/12767.
Strong Link Between Diabetes & Lack of Walkability
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 www.theatlanticcities.com/politics/2012/09/alarmingly-strong-link-between-diabetes-and-walkability/3326/#.UFuATg_B_G4.gmail.
Planning: An Evaluation of Comprehensive and Sustainability Plans
Addressing Public Health
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.