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Transportation
 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

 

March 2013 

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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.    

 

March 11, 10 a.m. 

Air Quality Subcommittee
March 14, 10 a.m.

March 14, 1 p.m.

March 14, 6:30 p.m.

 

March 21, 10 a.m.

WILMAPCO will be closed on March 29th for Good Friday.
 

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

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In this issue...

 
WILMAPCO News

Member Agency News 

         Grant Funding Available for Sea Level Rise Adaptation Planning and Research 

         DelDOT  Public Workshops and Meetings  

         Livability Discussion Board & FHWA's Livability Website 

Local News

         Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Training for Delaware communities

         Study Finds Kids Who Walk or Bike to School Concentrate Better

         University of Delaware Researches Complete Communities 

         City of New Castle to Receive Technical Assistance from the EPA 

         Economic Forecasting, Data Analytics, and Policy Analysis Seminar 

         As Gas Prices Rise, Savings for Public Transit Riders Increases 

National News   

         Where Your Gas Money Goes 

 

walkerWILMAPCO News

TIPComments Sought on Planned Transportation Projects

WILMAPCO is seeking public comment on the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and its associated air quality analysis. The TIP for New Castle County, Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland lists federally funded transportation projects including highway, bus, rail, pedestrian, bicycle, and multimodal improvements for the region.  The public comment period will extend through March 7. 

 

The draft TIP shows a 32 percent decrease in funding from $2.6 billion in the previously approved version, to $1.6 billion in the new draft version. Many projects have been deferred based on available revenue and DelDOT's goal to reduce the amount of debt.

 

Comments about 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 19711, by fax to 302-737-9584, or by e-mail to wilmapco@wilmapco.org.

 

TAPTransportation Alternatives Program FY 13 and FY 14 Application Solicitation for Cecil County

State Highway Administration (SHA) will be accepting applications for FY 13 and FY 14 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) from March 1through May 15. The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), authorized under MAP-21, provides funding for programs and small projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation; recreational trail program projects; safe routes to school projects; and projects for the planning, design or construction of boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways. Sponsors must be able to provide a minimum of a twenty percent funding match. Project submissions will be evaluated using WILMAPCO's project prioritization process, and other factors as determined by WILMAPCO's Council. For information about Maryland's TAP program, phone 410-545-5675 or email jsilwick@sha.state.md.us. Learn more at http://www.roads.maryland.gov/index.aspx?pageid=144.

 

BikeParkingBicycle Parking Webinar #3, Bicycle Parking and Transit

The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professional (APBP) presents the 3rd in a series of four webinars that covers all aspects of bicycle parking, sponsored locally by WILMAPCO. 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. 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. The webinar will be held on March 13, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at WILMAPCO. Registration is not necessary. For more information, please visit http://www.apbp.org/events/event_details.asp?id=287568&group=.  

 

DEAPAAPA Delaware Ethics Webcast

Join the Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association for a webcast on March 22, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Chapter's Planning Thespians have recorded a pair of radio skits featuring fictional planners faced with tough ethical dilemmas. Live reaction and commentary from veteran planners in Delaware will follow. Registration is free, and open to everyone. To register, please visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/390956090. You can participate from your own computer, or join this national broadcast from the WILMAPCO office. (1.5 Ethics CM)  For information about APA Delaware membership, please visit www.delawareapa.org.

 

BolenderFormer WILMAPCO Council Chairperson Nelson K. Bolender Dies at 77

Nelson K. Bolender of Elkton, Maryland was 77 years old when he passed away on February 14. Mr. Bolender served as WILMAPCO's Council chairperson for two years from 2005 - 2007. Bolender had a long and distinguished career and retired as an administrator with Cecil County Public Schools. He served on many boards including the Board of Cecil County Commissioners, where he was president. He also served on the Cecil County Social Services Board, the Board of Trustees for Local Government Insurance Trust, the Commission to Study Local Maintenance, and many others. To view Mr. Bolender's full obituary, please visit http://www.cecildaily.com/obituaries/article_07ec8dce-76eb-11e2-a3d7-0019bb2963f4.html.

 

 

bikeMember Agency News

 

BikePlanPublic Meeting Regarding the Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Update 

Your input is needed! The Maryland Department of Transportation invites you to attend a public meeting on March 21 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the University of Baltimore William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center, 11 West Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD for the Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update. The goal of the Plan is to support cycling and walking as integral modes of Maryland's transportation network. This will be the first of three public meetings held to gather input for this Plan. You may also join the meeting remotely via an online meeting and/or call-in phone number.  Details, instructions, and a link to the online meeting will be available prior to the meeting at: www.mdot.maryland.gov/bikewalkplan.

 

SLRGrant Funding Available for Sea Level Rise Adaptation Planning and Research

According to a DNREC press release, "Grant funding is now available for local and state governments, and non-profit organizations to increase Delaware's coastal resiliency through sea level rise adaptation planning and research." Proposals are due to the Delaware Coastal Programs Office no later than 3 p.m., on March 15. Additional information, including the Request for Proposals and application cover page, are located at http://de.gov/coastalgrants. For more information, please contact Bonnie Arvay at Bonnie.Arvay@state.de.us, or Robert Scarborough at Bob.Scarborough@state.de.us, Delaware Coastal Programs, phone 302-739-9283.    

  

DelDOTDelDOT Public Workshops and Meetings 

The Delaware Department of Transportation is holding three public workshops or meetings in New Castle County this month.  The meetings or workshops include:

For more information, please visit http://www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicWorkshops&month=3&year=2013.

    

MARCMARC Growth and Investment Plan

The MARC Growth and Investment Plan is a multi-phased, multi-year plan to triple the capacity of MARC, Maryland's commuter rail system. The MARC Growth and Investment Plan, developed in 2007, is being updated and proposes new objectives, including: increasing ridership, improving service, maintaining a state of good repair, and enhancing the customer experience. To learn more, please visit http://mta.maryland.gov/sites/default/files/marcplanfull.pdf.

 

LivabilityLivability Discussion Board & FHWA's Livability Website

FHWA's Livable Communities Discussion Board is an online public forum for users to participate in discussion threads and engage in questions and ideas on livability related topics. In addition to the Livability Discussion Board, several pages on the FHWA's Livability website have been reorganized to make navigation easier. New case studies have been added and reorganized by the six livability principles and the resource page has been updated and reorganized to make resources more readily available. For more information or to register for the discussion board, please visit www.fhwa.dot.gov/livability.

 

 

trainLocal News 

   

ClimateTrainingClimate Preparedness and Adaptation Training for Delaware communities

According to a February 25 DNREC press release, "

The Delaware Coastal Training Program and Delaware Sea Grant are offering Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Training from March 26 through 28 for Delaware communities. The training will be held each day, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., at the St. Jones Reserve, 818 Kitts Hummock Road, in Dover. Trainers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Coastal Services Center, along with local speakers experienced in Delaware-specific issues and topics, are presenting this intensive and interactive three-day course. Space is limited.  The registration fee is $45. Registration is required by March 18. To register, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/climatetraining. For more information, please visit http://de.gov/dectp or contact Kelly Valenick, Delaware Coastal Programs, at Kelly.valencik@state.de.us, or call 302-739-3436.

 

WalktoSchoolStudy Finds that Kids Who Walk or Bike to School Concentrate Better 

According to a February 19 News Journal article,

"Fewer than 11 percent of Delaware kids walk to school and just over half a percent ride a bike, a 2010 University of Delaware survey of 1,300 Delaware families across the state showed. But some Delaware families might want to reconsider how their children get to school. A study of nearly 20,000 Danish children showed those kids who walked, biked, or got to school in a physically active way performed better on tests of focus than their peers. The study, called Mass Experiment 2012, joins a growing body of scientific evidence linking exercise with enhanced learning, memory, and concentration."  To view the source article, please visit http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130219/HEALTH/302190010/Children-who-walk-bike-school-do-better-tests-studies-find.

 

UDUniversity of Delaware Researches Complete Communities

According to an article in the Delaware Center for Transportation Newsletter, "The University of Delaware (UD) Institute for Public Administration (IPA) is currently working on a project to develop an initiative to plan for Complete Communities. The first phase of IPA's Complete Communities project included a focused literature review of Delaware planning initiatives and national best practices, work with two pilot communities in Delaware, and the development of a comprehensive outreach strategy-including launch of a Planning for Complete Communities website."  For more information, please visit http://completecommunitiesde.org.

 

CityofNewCastleCity of New Castle to Receive Technical Assistance from the EPA

According to an EPA press release, "EPA announced that 43 communities across the country (including the City of New Castle) will receive technical assistance from the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. The program provides tools to help communities achieve their development goals, improve the quality of life, and become more economically and environmentally sustainable. EPA staff and national experts will conduct one- to two-day workshops that focus on a specific sustainability tool the community chose. For more information on the Building Blocks program, please visit www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/buildingblocks.htm.

 

REMIEconomic Forecasting, Data Analytics, and Policy Analysis Seminar

According to a Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI) email announcement, REMI will hold a free seminar in Dover, Delaware on March 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Seminar topics will include:

  • The Role of Policy Analysis in Evaluating Competing Economic Visions
  • Evaluating State Tax Reformation Efforts
  • eREMI: An Introduction to the New Online Forecast Database
  • REMI TranSight: Transportation and the Economy
  • Tampa Bay Disaster Resiliency Study
  • Hands-on Demonstration of REMI Model (please bring laptop)

To register, please visit www.remi.com/events/dover-de.

 

GasPricesAs Gas Prices Rise, Savings for Public Transit Riders Increases

As stated in a press release from the American Public Transit Association (APTA), "According to the February Transit Savings APTA Report, Philadelphia area individuals who ride public transportation instead of driving can save, on average, more than $981 this month, and $11,768 annually. These savings are based on the cost of commuting by public transportation compared to the cost of owning and driving a vehicle, which includes the February average national gas price ($3.60 per gallon-reported by AAA) and the national unreserved monthly parking rate."  For more information, please visit http://www.apta.com/mediacenter/pressreleases/2013/Pages/130212_Transit-Savings.aspx.

GDLNew Online Tool For Parents of New Teen Drivers

According to the Delaware Office of State Planning website, "The Graduated Driver License (GDL) Parent Orientation Program (POP) is now available online at www.ohs.delaware.gov/OHSGDL/story.html for all parents and sponsors of new teen drivers in Delaware. This program explains why the GDL law was implemented in Delaware, gives them teaching and educational resources to help educate and teach their new drivers how to drive safely, and what responsibilities and liabilities the parent or sponsor assumes with a newly licensed driver."

 

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TransportationCommitteeU.S. House Transportation Committee has Released its Work Program
The U.S. House of Representatives Highways and Transit Subcommittee of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has released its work plan for 2013-2014. The House Transportation Committee has agreed that the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit will work on the following issues:  

  • Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) Implementation
  • Sustainability of Surface Transportation Programs
  • Innovative Financing
  • Transportation Planning and Major Construction Projects
  • Compliance, Safety, Accountability Program
  • Hours of Service (limits on the number of hours commercial drivers may be on duty)  
  • Highway Safety and Traffic Fatalities and Injuries
  • Innovative Technologies
  • Research Structure at the Department of Transportation  

For more details, please visit http://www.transportationissuesdaily.com/read-the-2013-14-workplan-for-house-subcommittee-on-highways-and-transit/.

  

HealthyCommReportReport: Metropolitan Area Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities

The U.S. DOT's Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in cooperation with FHWA's Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty has produced the report, "Metropolitan Area Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities."  This report is the first of two white papers highlighting best practices of State Departments of Transportation (State DOTs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and their partners to successfully consider health throughout the transportation planning process. The research focuses on broadly based approaches to health, including safety, air quality, physical activity from walking and bicycling, and access to health related destinations, and considers all stages of transportation planning. For more information, please visit www.planning.dot.gov/healthy_communities_desc.asp.

 

HealthWebsiteNew Health in Transportation Website

The U.S. DOT's Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty has announced a new Health in Transportation Website. The web site will serve as a one stop shop for all Health and Transportation information, case studies, training opportunities, and other resources.  For more information, please visit http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/health_in_transportation.  

 

BikeLanesEffectiveness of Bike Lanes 

According to a December Washington University news release, "A new study out of Washington University in St. Louis is one of the first to use technology to effectively measure the use of built environments as a means to improve public health. The study, 'Emerging Technologies: Webcams and Crowd-Sourcing to Identify Active Transportation,' is published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The research was conducted in a novel way, using publicly available outdoor webcams and crowd-sourcing to count people, bikes, and cars, in rainy, foggy, or crowded conditions where automatic methods fail."  For more information, please visit 

https://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/24718.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter+-+Issue+16,+Jan+2013&utm_campaign=Newsletter+-+Issue+16,+Jan+2013&utm_medium=email.

 

GasMoneyWhere Your Gas Money Goes

According to an article from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), "Every year Americans spend hundreds of billions of dollars at the gas pump, but where does that money go? To find the answer, UCS examined how drivers' gas dollars are distributed among all the stakeholders involved. The results are clear. Most of the money spent at the pump goes directly to oil companies." UCS found that:

  • Out of the more than $22,000 spent on gas over the lifetime of an average vehicle bought in 2011, oil companies take in about $15,000
  • Of the remainder, 14 percent of the money spent on gasoline goes to taxes that help pay for roads and transportation services, 10 percent to refining costs, and 8 percent to distribution and marketing
  • Gas stations average only three to five cents of profit from each gallon of gasoline sold

How you drive and take care of your vehicle can have a big effect on how much fuel you use. To learn about simple tips to reduce your car's impact on your wallet and the environment, please visit http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_vehicles/smart-transportation-solutions/better-fuel-efficiency/how-to-maximize-your.html.

 

FundingChartFind It, Fund It Charts Federal Bike and Pedestrian Funding Sources

According to a February 11 American Bicyclist Update email, "The Find It, Fund It chart shows you the federal funding sources for which your bike or pedestrian project is eligible. The table has been updated for the new transportation law, MAP-21."  To view the chart, please visit www.advocacyadvance.org/site_images/content/Find_It_Fund_It_chart.pdf.

 

TransitDoes Transit Build Stronger Communities?
According to Planetizen, "The results of a new poll conducted for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution show that transit riders have a stronger connection to their neighborhoods and the larger region. A poll of residents in 10 Georgia counties has found that 51 percent of those who had ridden Atlanta's transit service at least once in the past six months said they had a strong connection to the Atlanta region, versus 23 percent of nonriders."  For more information, please visit http://www.planetizen.com/node/60450

 

HighwayFundsStudy Predicts $365 Billion Highway Fund Shortfall
According to Better Roads, "As automobile fuel economy increases, the federal highway program's fiscal position will become ever more precarious, a new study by researchers at the College of William and Mary finds. The team from William and Mary's Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy (TJPPP) forecasts that during the next 23 years, as Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards rise, gasoline consumption will decline. This will lead to a drop in gas tax payments to the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF), the highway program's primary funding source. Failing to change the existing tax structure while maintaining current investment will cause the HTF's account to incur a $365.5 billion deficit during the next 23 years, the study concludes." For more information, please visit www.betterroads.com/study-predicts-365-billion-highway-fund-shortfall.
 
BiketoSchoolNational Bike to School Day Registration Now Open
According to a National Center for Safe Routes to School press release, "National Bike to School Day registration is now open. Nearly 950 schools across the country participated in the inaugural national event in 2012. As excitement for the event builds, participation is expected to increase for the 2013 celebration on May 8." Schools, community members, and parents can register a Bike to School Day event now at www.walkbiketoschool.org.

  

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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 www.wilmapco.org.

 

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