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Transportation
 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

October 2012 

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WILMAPCO Meetings

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.    

   

October 11, 10 a.m.

 

Congestion Management Subcommittee
October 11, 1 p.m.

Data and Demographics Subcommittee
October 15, 10 a.m.

 

October 15, 7 p.m.

October 18, 10 a.m.
 

WILMAPCO will be closed on October 8 for Columbus Day.
 

For updates or more information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit www.wilmapco.org.

 

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

Save the date for Our Town 2012, Rail in the WILMAPCO Region: Making the Connections. Our Town will be held on November 14, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Newark. This year's Our Town will focus on rail in New Castle County, Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland. Our Town will highlight several Transit Oriented Development (TOD) plans in both Maryland and Delaware, regional rail plans, local rail projects, Amtrak's North East Corridor plans, and regional freight plans. The event will conclude with a Council Q & A. During the Q & A participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of WILMAPCO's Council members. WILMAPCO's Council includes representatives from state and local government and DOTs. If you are interested in learning more about the future of rail in our region, then this free event is for you.  For more information, please visit www.wilmapco.org/ourtown.  

 

VMTVehicle Miles Traveled Lecture Webinar

WILMAPCO and the Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) are sponsoring the Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Lecture Webinar on September 26, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., at WILMAPCO.  VMT is sometimes considered the critical standard for achieving sustainability.  Learn from a transportation planning veteran about the importance of VMT, the varieties of VMT, and how VMT is influenced through planning. See case studies that illustrate key points. For more information, please visit www.planning.org/audioconference/series/vehiclemiles.htm, or email Bill Swiatek at bswiatek@wilmapco.org.  Preregistration is not necessary to view the webinar at WILMAPCO.    

 

BikeSummitDelaware Bike Summit did not Disappoint   

More than 200 people attended the Fourth Annual Delaware Bike Summit. Presentations illustrated why Delaware is a national role model for bike friendliness.  Keynote speaker Andy Clarke, Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists, listed ten reasons Delaware is the first state for cycling. Local bicycle friendly communities Newark and Lewes were highlighted along with the Dover/Kent MPO Bicycle Plan. DelDOT Secretary Shailen P. Bhatt unveiled the agency's new "See it Both Ways" bike safety campaign and DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara described the many new pedestrian and bicycle pathways planned throughout the state.  After the summit attendees were offered the exciting opportunity to celebrate Delaware's many biking successes by taking a victory lap around the Dover Downs' "Monster Mile" racetrack.  Led by Senator Sokola, who moderated the event and DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara, bike summit attendees enjoyed a rare opportunity to ride their bikes on a professional race car speedway. Presentations from the summit are available at: www.wilmapco.org/bikesummit


 

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CTPTourMaryland Transportation Officials Come to Cecil County to Discuss the Six-Year Transportation Program

The annual "CTP Tour" meeting organized by Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be held on October 30, at 1 p.m., in 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. Following these meetings, a final draft is presented to the MD General Assembly in January. For more information, please visit:     

www.mdot.maryland.gov/Office%20of%20Planning%20and%20Capital%20Programming/CTP/CTP_13_18/Index.html 

 

Cecil County's priority projects may be reviewed at:  www.mdot.maryland.gov/Office%20of%20Planning%20and%20Capital%20Programming/County_Priority_Letters/2012_Priority_Letters/2012_Cecil_County.pdf.

  

RideShareDEIncentives Offered to Reduce the Presence of Single Occupancy Vehicles

The Clean Air Council, in partnership with RideShare Delaware, is in the process of launching a new pilot program that offers incentives for commuters who switch to a more environmentally friendly form of transportation (including walking, biking, public transit, or carpooling) from driving alone.  Commuters who log at least 20 qualified clean commute days during a three-month period are eligible to earn a $50 gift card. Greenhouse gas emissions reductions will be calculated through RideShare Delaware's online commute tracking system. For more information, please visit www.ridesharedelaware.org.

 

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BSDWalktoSchoolBrandywine School District Walk to School Week 

WILMAPCO has been leading the efforts of the Brandywine School District (BSD), DelDOT, and others to make it safer for students to walk and bike to school through several Safe Routes to School Programs (SRTS).  SRTS aims to make it safer for kids to walk and bike to school through infrastructure improvements such as striping cross walks and fixing sidewalks, and educational efforts such as assemblies and in-class instruction. As part of the SRTS efforts, BSD is holding Walk to School Week, the 2nd week of October.  All students in all grades throughout the district are encouraged to walk or bike to school during that week.  Fun prizes for walkers and bikers and pedestrian safety activities are planned for the schools participating in the SRTS program.  Don't miss the chance to walk with your child to school during Walk to School Week.  For more information, please visit: www.brandywineschools.org

 

MDDEAPAConfMaryland and Delaware American Planning Association Regional Conference

According to the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) website, "You are invited to join planning colleagues from across Maryland and Delaware for three days of information, inspiration, and education. The theme of this year's MD-DE regional conference is 'What makes a complete community?' You will take a journey that explores the qualities that all great places share. There are more than 40 sessions that provide the opportunity to earn 15 Certification Maintenance (CM) credits - including law and ethics." The conference is being held from October 17 through 19, in Columbia, Maryland. For more information, please visit: www.delawareapa.org.   

 

PomeroyPomeroy Trail Opens in Newark

According to the September 15, Bike Delaware Weekly Digest, "There were dozens of bicyclists, walkers, dignitaries, and even a couple dozen preschoolers in attendance at the Newark Pomery Trail ribbon cutting ceremony on September 10. The Pomeroy Newark Rail Trail is a paved pathway that runs north-south in Newark on an independent right-of-way that used to belong to the Pomeroy Railroad. It connects to the James F. Hall Trail, which runs east-west in Newark to the network of trails in White Clay Creek State Park. Senator Carper, who obtained the federal funding for the Trail, and Governor Markell, whose First State Trails and Pathways Initiative is a plan to build many more trails and link them all up to form a transportation and recreation bikeway network, were both on hand to mark this special occasion for the City of Newark." To view the source article, please visit: www.bikede.org/2012/09/12/pomeroy-trail-opens-in-newark/.

MegaBusMegabus to Run $1 Trips from UD Campus to D.C., and N.Y.C.

According to a September 6, Newark Post article, "Newark residents will soon have a new, nearby, inexpensive option for getting to New York City and Washington, D.C. Megabus, a curbside bus company that has gained popularity with its $1 promotional fares, announced last week it is adding a stop in Newark. Service to the new stop, located on the University of Delaware's Laird Campus, will begin September 19. The bus is also open to the general public. Parking is available at a nearby university lot for $3 per day."  To view the source article, please visit: www.newarkpostonline.com/news/article_d98ce44e-f781-11e1-ba53-0019bb2963f4.html?mode=image&photo=.     

 

DEDMVDelaware Allows DMV Customers Options with New Self-Service Kiosks  

According to the September 21, AASHTO Journal, "Those looking to renew their driver's license, obtain a new license after losing theirs, register to vote, become an organ donor, change their address, or conduct other business at a Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) office in Delaware now have a faster and easier way to do so. DelDOT announced it has set up new self-service kiosks at multiple DMV offices in the state. The new kiosks will allow customers to have a convenient and simple option in taking care of their DMV needs quickly. For more information, please visit: www.dmv.de.gov/default.shtml.



 

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TransitSurveySurvey: Americans want more public transit - but not higher taxes to fund it

According to a September 14, Philadelphia Inquirer article, "Americans would love to have more public transit. Unless they have to pay for it. A survey released by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a Washington environmental-advocacy group that is pro-transit, found Americans favored more local government spending on buses, trains, and light rail by a wide ratio: 68 percent to 25 percent."  To view the source article, please visit: http://articles.philly.com/2012-09-14/news/33818437_1_public-transit-gas-tax-mass-transit. 

 

WalkableNew Guide: Steps to a Walkable Community

According to a September 14, Centerlines e-news article, "Sam Schwartz Engineering, a transportation engineering consulting firm, and America Walks released 'Steps to a Walkable Community: A Guide for Citizens, Planners and Engineers,' a new book and workshop series that puts innovative, multidisciplinary pro-walking tactics in the hands of citizens, planners, and engineers. This book is a collection of innovative, multidisciplinary tactics that have successfully improved and encouraged walking in communities around the country." To download the guide, please visit: http://www.samschwartz.com/About/News+Events.aspx.

RailVolutionRail~Volution
This year's Rail~Volution conference will be held from October 14 to 17, in Los Angeles.  Rail~Volution 2012 will offer those dedicated to transit, livability, and healthy communities the opportunity to gather and discuss ways to weave a fully integrated, efficiently operated transit network capable of meeting the future needs of the region's constantly evolving demographic.  Developers, business leaders, civic planners, local elected officials, community advocates, transit operators, and private citizens will participate in 75 workshops and networking sessions to exchange opinions on a broad range of topics. For more information, please visit: www.railvolution.org.

TransStatsState Transportation Statistics 2011

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), has released its annual reference guide to transportation data by state. The ninth annual report consists of 115 tables of state data on infrastructure, safety, freight transportation, passenger travel, registered vehicles and vehicle-miles traveled, economy and finance, and energy and environment.  For more information, please visit: www.bts.gov/publications/state_transportation_statistics/state_transportation_statistics_2011/index.html.     

 

WalkableBikeableGuideCreating Walkable and Bikeable Communities: A User's Guide to Developing Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plans

The Center for Transportation Studies at Portland State University has released a guidebook designed to help communities strategically plan for bicycle and pedestrian transportation.  For more information, please visit: http://www.pdx.edu/ibpi/.

   

EcodrivingEcodriving: The Science and Art of Smarter Driving

According to the July-August 2012 TR News, "One simple, economical way that individuals, businesses, and governments can combat inefficient vehicle fuel consumption and its adverse effects is by adopting smarter driving techniques through ecodriving. Ecodriving is an approach that incorporates techniques and technologies to reduce fuel consumption and costs, greenhouse gas (GHG) and other air pollutant emissions, vehicle miles traveled (VMT), vehicle and road degradation, and accident-related costs-such."  To view the source article, please visit: http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/trnews/trnews281ecodriving.pdf.


SafetyFactsTraffic Safety Facts 2010  

According to the September 18, TRB News, "The U.S National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a report that compiles 2010 motor vehicle traffic crash data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and the General Estimates System. The report includes statistics about traffic crashes of all severities, from those that result in property damage to those that result in the loss of human life."  To view the report, please visit:  www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811659.pdf.

 

DistractedDrivingAlmost 10 Percent of Fatal Crashes Involved Distracted Driving

According to the September 21, AASHTO Journal, "Distracted driving was cited as a contributing factor in nearly 10 percent of all fatal crashes in 2010, while that number nearly doubles (to 18 percent) for crashes where individuals were injured, states a report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The report studied all vehicle crashes in 2010, analyzing how influential distracted driving behaviors were in those crashes. NHTSA found that 416,000 people were injured that year in motor vehicle crashes that involved distracted drivers, while 3,092 people were killed in crashes where someone was exhibiting distracted driving behaviors. Cell phone usage was prevalent in both fatal and injurious crashes as it was related to 408 deaths (13 percent of total distracted driving fatalities) and 24,000 injuries (six percent of those injured in distraction-related crashes). The report found that there was an age component to these numbers as well. Eleven percent of all drivers less than 20 years of age involved in a fatal crash were found to be distracted at the time of the crash, making this age group the largest of all distracted drivers involved in a fatal crash. About 19 percent of this group was distracted by cell phones." To view the report, please visit: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811650.pdf.

 

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 www.wilmapco.org.

 

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