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 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)


February 2014 

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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. 

 

February 10, 10 a.m. 

 

February 13, 1 p.m.

February 20, 10 a.m.

 

February 24, 7 p.m.

 

WILMAPCO Public Workshop

Transportation Improvement Program
February 24, anytime from 4 to 7 p.m., at WILMAPCO

 

Other Events
WILMAPCO will be closed on February 17 for Washington's Birthday.

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

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TIPWILMAPCO Public Workshop - Transportation Improvement Program 

WILMAPCO is proposing more than $1.8 billion for federally-funded transportation projects in New Castle County, Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland over the next four years in its FY 2015-18 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Public comments are being accepted through Tuesday, March 4. A corresponding analysis of the on-road air quality impacts of projects was also completed for New Castle County, and is also available for comment.  

 

Review and comment on the proposed TIP and its associated air quality analysis at a Public Open House on Monday, February 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. The Open House is being hosted jointly by WILMAPCO and DelDOT.  

 

The draft documents and open house materials are also available online at www.wilmapco.org/tip. Comments may be submitted online at www.wilmapco.org/tip, mailed to Wilmington Area Planning Council, 850 Library Avenue, Suite 100, Newark, DE 19711, by fax to (302) 737-9584, or emailed to wilmapco@wilmapco.org. For more information, please email Heather Dunigan at hdunigan@wilmapco.org, or call (302) 737-6205 ext. 118.   

 

 heelsandwheelsRegistration is Open for Heels & Wheels: Delaware Walk/Bike Summit 2014

Heels & Wheels: Delaware Walk/Bike Summit 2014, organized by the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Dover/Kent Metropolitan Planning Organization, and WILMAPCO, will take place on Friday, March 21 at the University of Delaware, John M. Clayton Hall in Newark. Heels & Wheels will provide the opportunity for trail users, walking and biking commuters, planners, land managers, advocacy groups, trail and pathway builders, decision makers, and walking and biking enthusiasts to network and learn collectively what has been achieved in recent years, new opportunities, and current issues.

 

Dan Burden, a nationally recognized authority on livability, Smart Growth, and bicycling and pedestrian design, is the keynote speaker. Burden has helped hundreds of communities in North America become more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.  

 

The Summit is free, and continental breakfast and lunch are included, but registration is required. To learn more or to register, please visit www.wilmapco.org/heelsandwheels

  

 

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PedFunds$16 Million Available For Bike and Ped Projects in Maryland - Upcoming Workshops to Discuss Details
According to a Maryland Department of Transportation release, "MDOT and State Highway Administration (SHA) will hold regional workshops to detail four programs that provide funding for bicycling, pedestrian, and recreational trail projects throughout Maryland: Bikeways, Safe Routes to School, Transportation Alternatives, Federal Lands Access Program, and Recreational Trails. In 2014, $16 million in reimbursable grant funding will be available for projects that enhance walking, biking, pedestrian safety, and recreational trail and federal lands access. MDOT and SHA officials will discuss available funding sources, project eligibility, requirements, and funding cycles.  The free workshops are geared toward local governments and non-profit organizations and will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on at the following dates and locations:

  • February 13 at the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Headquarters, Auditorium, 6600 Kenilworth Avenue, Riverdale, MD. To RSVP, go to http://bit.ly/1iGWS7o 
  • February 20 at the Harford County Council Chamber, 212 South Bond Street, 1st  Floor, Bel Air, MD. To RSVP, go to: http://bit.ly/1cpNp0D 
  • February 27 at the Queen Anne's County Department of Planning and Zoning, 160 Coursevall Drive, Centreville, MD. To RSVP, go to: http://bit.ly/Lk9wuO
  • March 5 at the Browning Building, located in Pinecliff Park, 8350 Pinecliff Park Road, Frederick, MD. To RSVP, go to: http://bit.ly/1f7RUfR

For more information on the Bikeways, Safe Routes to School, Transportation Alternatives, Federal Lands Access, and Recreational Trails programs, please visit the following sites:  

DTCTransit Changes in Delaware Postponed
According to a Dover Post article, "The Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) announced that many of the changes to Delaware's transit system proposed earlier this year will be postponed until the fall. During a string of public forums held by the transit corporation the public was presented with a list of proposed changes including fare increases. Due to feedback received, the transit corporation will hold off on implementing those changes, with the exception of fare increases, until September 2014."  To view the source article, please visit www.doverpost.com.  The fare increase will be effective on February 9.  To view fare changes, please visit www.dartfirststate.com/rightfit/pdf/AccessibleFareDetails1-10-14.pdf or visit www.dartfirststate.com/rightfit/index.shtml for more information.
 
MDOTMDOT Announces Release of Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

According to an email from Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), "MDOT is pleased to announce the release of the Twenty-Year Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan establishes a 20-year vision to support cycling and walking as modes of transportation in Maryland. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan supports the Maryland Transportation Plan (MTP) and other key statewide planning efforts."  To view the Plan, please visit www.mdot.maryland.gov/bikewalkplan.

 

SHAMaryland's SHA Uses Audio and Video Social Media to Share the Latest Road Information

According to a January 6 Talking Transportation blog post, "Maryland State Highway Association (SHA) is using a combination of SoundCloud, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to tightly integrate its safety messaging. While many state DOTs and other transportation agencies have actively utilized Twitter and Facebook for several years, video services like Instagram and Vine, which allow smartphone users to record short video messages, are still emerging tools. SoundCloud, an audio hosting service, is popular with musicians but remains relatively unknown in transportation circles. SoundCloud is a rapidly growing tool that helps SHA disseminate critical information, particularly during winter weather events."  To view the source article, please visit http://talkingtransportation.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/brrr-audio-video-social-media-tools-help-marylands-sha-share-the-latest-road-information.

 

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APADeadline Extended for Regional Planning Conference Call for Presentations 

Organizers of the 2014 Delaware/Maryland Regional Planning Conference, "Planning for Healthy & Sustainable Places," have extended their search for conference sessions and presentations through February 10. The two-day event, co-sponsored by Nemours, will be held at the Embassy Suites in Newark, Delaware on October 28 and 29, 2014. To learn more or submit an idea, please visit http://delawareapa.wordpress.com/2014-conference/Proposals. Proposals must be received by February 10.

 

CCCNew Cecil County Connector Bus Route Announced

According to a CecilDaily.com article, "Cecil Transit announced it will begin a new Mid-County Connector bus route for all citizens to ride. The new route will connect the towns of Charlestown, Elkton, North East, and Perryville to Cecil College's main campus. The new route will provide three loops daily Monday through Friday to start. Riders must have exact change or a Cecil Transit bus pass. The general public can ride the bus for $2 each way, or they can buy a pass for $20 that gives them 12 rides. Anyone 60 years old or older can ride for $1 each way, or buy a pass for $10 that gives them 12 rides. Students can buy a 20-ride pass for $20 with a student identification card. Student passes must be purchased at Cecil College." For additional information, call (410) 996-5295 ext. 2, or visit www.ceciltransit.com.  To view the source article, please visit http://www.cecildaily.com/news/local_news/article_18e6d68a-cbaa-5632-9b9e-2a4fcb3effe7.html.   


DNRDNR is Seeking Public Input on a Proposed Recreation Plan for State Lands  

According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) webpage, "Maryland DNR is seeking public input on the final draft of the Land Preservation and Recreation Plan, developed to enhance recreation areas and services on State lands. The proposed Plan helps to guide land conservation and the development of outdoor recreation opportunities over the next five years."  To review and comment on the Plan, please visit www.dnr.state.md.us/land/Stewardship.  Comments can be emailed to LPRP@dnr.state.md.us, but must be received by February 14, 2014.   

 

ClimateNew Delaware Climate Report Projects Increasing Temperatures and Heavier Precipitation

According to a Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) release, "A new statewide report produced at the direction of DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara and DNREC's Division of Energy and Climate, 'Climate Change Projections and Indicators for Delaware,' projects increasing temperatures, more extreme heat days, and more frequent heavy rain events through the year 2100."  To view the full report, please visit http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/energy/Pages/Climate.aspx.

  

SLRDelaware's Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan Released 

According to the Delaware Sea Level Rise Newsletter, "Delaware's sea level rise adaptation plan 'Preparing for Tomorrow's High Tide: Recommendations for Adapting to Sea Level Rise in Delaware' is now available. This document highlights 55 actions that should be taken to better prepare Delaware for the wide-ranging effects of sea level rise. It also describes sea level rise adaptation strategies, highlights several case studies of adaptation, and includes a list of resources and tools for those wishing to start adapting homes, businesses, or communities."  The adaptation plan is available at http://de.gov/slradaptplan or by calling the Delaware Coastal Programs Office at (302) 739-9283. 

  

DEHEALShowcase Delaware Community's Efforts in Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
According to a Delaware Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Coalition email, "Delaware Recognition for Community Health Promotion Program will be accepting applications in March 2014. The program highlights the efforts of Delaware's municipalities that incorporate health-promoting options as an integral part of their services and infrastructure. Community leaders, coalitions, municipal staff, and others are eligible to complete the application
(with review and signature of a municipal official). Being part of this program is a great way to promote health, economic development, and other vitality goals in your community."  For more information, please visit the DE HEAL website, at www.deheal.org.

 

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BikeSummit2014 National Bike Summit
According to the National Bike Summit webpage, "The 2014 National Bike Summit will be held March 3 through 5 in Washington, D.C. The 2014 Summit will unite the voices of bicyclists on Capitol Hill to advance bicycle safety, funding, and equity. Join more than 700 participants from all 50 states to build momentum in Congress for a Bicycle Friendly America."  For more information, please visit http://www.bikeleague.org/summit.

MITMIT Report On the State of Health and Urban Planning

According to an MIT News article, "A newly published research report from MIT's Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU) examines an array of public health matters in eight major metropolitan areas in the United States, and suggests a wide array of possible remedies, from better mass transit to extensive tree-planting."  To learn more, please visit http://cau.mit.edu/news/report-state-health-urbanism.

 

AdaptationTransportation Project Climate Change Adaptation Guide According to the introduction of a recently released FHWA report, Assessment of the Body of Knowledge on Incorporating Climate Change Adaptation Measures into Transportation Projects, "This report highlights adaptation actions that transportation agencies around the world are already pursuing and articulates a growing set of best practices for implementing adaptation. The report also discusses strategies, examples, and best practices for evaluating the costs and benefits of adaptation. The purpose of the report is to provide transportation practitioners with a guide to the current 'state of practice' in this field."  To learn more, please visit http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/climate_change/adaptation/resources_and_publications/transportation_projects/page01.cfm.

 

USDOTUS DOT Study Finds Digital Billboards Don't Distract Drivers 

According to a blog post on The Hill, "Drivers are not distracted by digital billboards alongside roads, according to a study conducted by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The study, which was released by the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), found that drivers are not any more likely to be distracted by digital billboards than stationary signs. On average, the drivers in this study devoted between 73 and 85 percent of their visual attention to the road ahead for both Commercial Electronic Variable Message Signs (CEVMS) and standard billboards. The presence of CEVMS did not appear to be related to a decrease in looking toward the road ahead." To view the source blog post, please visit http://thehill.com/blogs/transportation-report/highways-bridges-and-roads/194654-dot-study-finds-digital-billboard-dont.

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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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