Town of North East Transit
Oriented Development Plan Draft Concept Unveiled
WILMAPCO's work with the Town of North East to identify a
potential site for a future bus hub and train station continues with a
second Public Workshop scheduled for February 13 at the North East Town
Hall (106 South Main Street, North East, MD). Attendees can stop by
anytime between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., or attend the Mayor and
Commissioner's meeting at 7 p.m., where a presentation will be given.
During the workshop we will be sharing ideas and seeking feedback for
two potential Transit Oriented Development (TOD) sites. Site one is
located on MD 7 west of MD 272 and site two is located on Rolling Mill
Road. Draft concepts will be shown for both sites. For more
information, please visit www.wilmapco.org/northeast.
Sought on Planned Transportation Projects
Workshop is scheduled for February 25
The draft FY 2014-2017
Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for New Castle County, Delaware
and Cecil County, Maryland shows transportation priorities and planned
projects including highway, bus, rail, pedestrian, bicycle and
multimodal improvements. The public comment period will extend
through March 7. The public may review and comment on the proposed TIP
at a public workshop on Monday, February 25 from 4 to 7 p.m., at
WILMAPCO, hosted WILMAPCO and DelDOT. The virtual workshop is online at www.wilmapco.org/tip
during the comment period. The draft TIP will also be available at
Funding shortfalls remain in the region and the draft TIP
shows projects deferred based on available revenue and the DelDOT goal
to reduce the amount of debt. The draft TIP has had a substantial
decrease in funds, containing $1.67 billion in transportation projects
from FY 2014-17 as compared to the approved FY 2012-15 TIP that contains
$2.47 billion. Three new bridge projects have been added to the draft
TIP while funding for a variety of projects is proposed for delay or
deletion. Comments on the TIP may be submitted online at www.wilmapco.org/tip,
in writing to Wilmington Area Planning Council, 850 Library Avenue,
Suite 100, Newark, DE 19703, by fax to 302-737-9584, or by e-mail to email@example.com.
Comments Sought on
WILMAPCO's Air Quality Conformity
mandate that we ensure that transportation projects proposed in our
Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Transportation Improvement
Program (TIP) conform to air quality standards. With the currently
proposed projects, in the FY 2014 - 2017 TIP and in the amended 2040
RTP, we found a general decline in transportation emissions through
2035, but then found a slight increase as we near 2040. This is
attributable to the implementation of known emission reduction
technologies and our ever-increasing Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT).
Checking VMT growth through better land-use decisions and promoting
alternative transportation would lower emissions now and in the
long-term. Public comment is being accepted on our air quality
conformity through March 7. A Public Meeting is scheduled on February 25
from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at WILMAPCO. For more information, please visit www.wilmapco.org/aq.
Parking Webinar Series
WILMAPCO would like to
invite you to join us for a four-part webinar series on Bicycle Parking
presented by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
(APBP). All sessions are held at WILMAPCO, and are free and open to the
public. For more information, visit www.wilmapco.org.
Credits: APBP will provide attendance certificates to those who document
their professional development hours; each 60-minute webinar provides
one hour of training (1 CEU). APBP has applied to the AICP for one
Certification Maintenance credit for each webinar; four CM credits total
for the series.
Basics of Bicycle Parking
23, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The first session reviews
some of the basic principles of accommodating bicycles in both public
and institutional environments. We will review types of parking in
current use for both short and long term parking, and describe the
conditions and constraints which guide selection of parking strategies
and equipment. The session will look globally at the organization of the
APBP Bicycle Parking Guidelines and preview future sessions. Topics
include core concepts, rack design and desirable features, site planning
Encore showing of
#1 The Basics of Bicycle Parking
27, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Municipal Bicycle Parking Programs
27, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This session focuses on
the application of the basic principles to develop a municipal or
regional bicycle parking program. A particular point of the presentation
involves the development of an on-street parking program with both
sidewalk and high capacity components. The APBP guide to development of
codes and policies is discussed, as are funding and delivery methods for
public bicycle parking programs. The session also covers differing
requirements for residential, civic, commercial and industrial programs
and the impact of bike share programs on bicycle parking.
Session #3 Bicycle
Parking and Transit
13, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This webinar introduces
and describes techniques and programs used by transit agencies to
encourage and accommodate high levels of bicycle access to a variety of
transit modes. Particular attention will be paid to use of higher
security and capacity techniques, including staffed parking, lockers and
"in-line" station parking solutions. Forecasting demand will
be discussed, as will security and management concerns unique to
transit. Bicycle parking will be examined as a means to leverage other
transit and bicycle infrastructure development through thoughtfully
designed and managed parking programs. The session will also cover
design, layout, and management of lockers; bike stations; and adapting
bicycle parking to specific transit modes.
Institutional and Campus Bicycle Parking Programs
10, 3 p.m to 4 p.m.
The final session looks at
how major employment centers and institutions such as hospitals, college
campuses and office/industrial centers can meet employee transportation
needs both independently and in conjunction with public and transit
parking programs. Techniques such as bike rooms and sheds will be
examined, as will the impact of proposed bike share facilities on
existing bicycle parking capacity. The session includes examples from
the University of Washington and Microsoft.
Cecil County Bike Plan is
After more than a year of
planning and an extensive public outreach process the Cecil County
Bicycle Plan was adopted by Cecil County on November 27 and WILMAPCO's
Council on January 10th. All of the towns in Cecil County have also
endorsed the plan as well as the Cecil County Board of Commissioners.
The plan will help create a coordinated and integrated bicycle network
for both the county and municipalities by identifying a bicycle network
to connect cyclists to and within each of the towns and key destinations
throughout the county. Public outreach has been a key element in the
planning process for the bicycle plan. Input was sought through many
advisory committee meetings, public workshops, presentations at town
meetings, field worksheets, and public comment forms. Recommended
actions include installing pavement markings, roadway restriping, adding
signage, and completing some off-road trail connections. The plan also
lays out bike safety education, encouragement, and enforcement
strategies. For more information, please visit www.wilmapco.org/bikececil.