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.
Transportation Working Group
June 4, 3 p.m.
June 10, 10 a.m.
June 20, 10 a.m.
5, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
26, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For updates or more information on upcoming WILMAPCO
meetings, please visit www.wilmapco.org.
DNS Clean Air Fair
Nature Society (DNS) is partnering with the Air Quality Partnership
(AQP) of Delaware to hold the center's first Clean Air Fair. The Clean
Air Fair is a family-oriented open house at the DuPont Environmental
Education Center on the Wilmington Riverfront on Saturday, June 1, from
12 to 3 p.m. During the open house, attendees will have the opportunity
to meet animals that live in the marsh and experts will demonstrate how
you can keep healthy and help protect the air.
Annual Delmarva Freight Summit
Freight Summit is a half day forum that brings together both public and
private sector freight professionals to focus on the needs of freight
movement across the Delmarva Peninsula. The Summit will be held
on June 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the New Castle County
Chamber of Commerce.
include experts who will highlight the region's chemical industry
supply chains. Speakers from other areas of the freight and goods
movement community will also present topics including the Delmarva Freight Study,
a multi-state, multi-MPO effort to develop a comprehensive evaluation
of the freight transportation system and its operations along the
The summit is
free, but registration is required. To register, please visit www.wilmapco.org/delmarva.
Seating is limited to the first 100 who register.
and Bicycle Planning Webcast and Milford Walking Tour
Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA), the Dover/Kent MPO,
and the City of Dover are sponsoring a webcast and walking tour of
Milford's Riverfront. The APA webcast will highlight successful plans
and programs from across the country that make streets work for all
users. Following the webcast, local planners will review successful
pedestrian and bicycle work in Milford. The event will be held at the
Milford Public Library (11 SE Front Street) on June 5 from 4 p.m. to 7
p.m. Dinner will be provided and seating is limited. To register,
please visit www.delawareapa.org.
Member Agency News
Help Shape the Maryland
Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
How can we improve
biking and walking in Maryland over the next 20 years? What are key
focus areas and strategies? Please join the Maryland Department of
Transportation on Tuesday, June 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the
Rockville Memorial Library to discuss the ongoing update of the
Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. Can't make it to
Rockville? You can also join the meeting online. More information and
access to the online meeting are available at: http://www.mdot.maryland.gov/bikewalkplan.
DART's Statewide Bus
Service Changes Approved
According to a
DART First State press release, "Lauren Skiver, Chief Executive
Officer of Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC), announced that the
proposed changes to DART First State Statewide Fixed Route Bus Service
have been approved.
On Sunday, June 16, 2013, changes to DART's New Castle
County fixed route service will go into effect. Because of low
ridership, Route 32 - Wilmington Trolley's Saturday service will be
discontinued. Those resources will be reallocated to the Route 17's
Saturday service improving frequencies to every 60 minutes instead of
every 90 minutes.
The Routes 62 and
63 pilot (experimental service) of replacing existing services with a
new on-demand route that circulates in the Churchmans Crossing area is
contingent upon negotiations with area businesses, communities, and a successful
response from a contractor." For more information, please
DNREC and DelDOT Announce
Trail Connector Project in White Clay Creek State Park
According to a
Delaware Department of Natural Resources (DNREC) press release,
"Construction will begin on a connector that will join two
existing trail facilities within the White Clay Creek State Park along
Hopkins Road, as part of Governor Jack Markell's First State Trails and
Pathways Initiative. Improvements will include creating a separated and
protected shoulder within the roadway for pedestrians and bicyclists.
The project is 0.2 miles in length, located between Creek Road and the
northernmost end of the Pomeroy Trail where it joins Hopkins Road. Trail
users will come up from Newark via the Pomeroy Trail into White Clay
Creek State Park. In addition, pedestrian crosswalks will define
crossings, and signage will note that pedestrians and bicyclists will
be crossing Hopkins Road. For information, please visit www.trails.delaware.gov.
Online Map of Maryland Construction
Projects Now Available
According to a
State Highways Association (SHA) press release, "The annual e-Road
Ready construction brochure is online and available to help motorists
navigate work zones in Maryland. SHA is beginning many projects across
the state and this resource helps motorists plan ahead. The brochure
also provides links to many new features including project web pages,
Maryland's Scenic Byways routes, and State and local government
agencies." For more information, please visit www.roads.maryland.gov/Pages/release.aspx?newsId=1502.
Delaware moves from 10th to 5th among
Bicycle Friendly States
According to a League of American Bicyclist press release,
"In honor of National Bike Month, the League of American
Bicyclists released its latest Bicycle Friendly States ranking. In the
sixth annual assessment, Delaware achieved a fifth place ranking
nationally, making it the most bicycle friendly state east of the
Delaware took a
leap in the 2013 ranking, moving from No. 10 to No. 5 in just one year.
U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) praised Governor Jack Markell, the state
legislature, congressional delegation, advocacy organizations, and the
people of the First State for prioritizing biking.
walkable and bikeable communities boosts air quality by reducing the
amount of time cars and trucks idle on our roadways releasing harmful
emissions,' Sen. Carper said. 'Biking also helps decongest our
transportation system, allowing individuals to spend more time working
or relaxing with their families instead of wasting time and money
sitting in traffic." For more information, please visit http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs173/1102316596448/archive/1113258319495.html.
Social Media Takes Flight
at Wilmington Airport
According to a
Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) press release, "DRBA
officials, operators of New Castle's Wilmington Airport, announced the
launch of Twitter and Facebook sites for the airport in response to the
impending arrival of Frontier Airlines this summer. In April,
Frontier Airlines announced its plan to begin commercial air service to
Delaware in July. The new social media pages will help inform
travelers of flight updates, travel promotions, airport events, and
more. Follow the airport on Twitter @FlyWilmILG, like it on Facebook at
or visit its splash page at www.flywilmilg.com
for more information.
President Obama Picks
Charlotte Mayor Foxx As Next Transportation Secretary
According to a Washington Post article,"President
Obama plans to nominate Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to serve as
transportation secretary. Foxx, who would succeed Ray LaHood, would be
the first African American nominated to serve in the president's
second-term Cabinet. Foxx has pushed to expand public transit options
for Charlotte while serving as mayor. The city has started building the
Charlotte Streetcar Project, one of several electric trolley systems
underway in the country, and is expanding the LYNX light-rail system so
it can reach the University of North Carolina at Charlotte."
To view the source article, please visit
Hiking Society's National Trails Day is the country's largest
celebration of trails. On June 1 thousands of NTD activities will take
place all over the country. Events include hikes, biking and
horseback rides, paddling trips, birdwatching, geocaching, gear
demonstrations, stewardship projects, and more. To find an event in
your area, please visit www.americanhiking.org/ntd-events.
International Comprehensive Ped Safety Manual
A Road Safety Manual for Decision-Makers and Practitioners has been
released in 2013 by the World Health Organization. The manual describes
the magnitude of pedestrian deaths and injuries; key risk factors; ways
of assessing the pedestrian safety situation in a given setting and
prepare an action plan; and how to select, design, implement and
evaluate effective interventions. For more information, please visit http://www.grsproadsafety.org/sites/grsp.drupalgardens.com/files/201304/PedestrianSafety_eng.pdf.
Adolescents in More Walkable Communities
According to an
abstract of a February 2013 Journal of Preventative Medicine article,
"Neighborhood design features have been associated with health
outcomes, including the prevalence of obesity. This study (Walkable
Communities and Adolescent Weight) examined the association between
walkability and adolescent weight in a national sample of public
secondary school students and the communities in which they live. Data
were collected through student surveys and community observations
between February and August 2010, and analyses were conducted in Spring
2012. The sample size was 154 communities and 11,041 students. A
community walkability index and measures of the prevalence of
adolescent overweight and obesity were constructed. The odds of
students being overweight or obese decreased if they lived in
communities with higher walkability index scores. Results suggest that
living in more-walkable communities is associated with reduced
prevalence of adolescent overweight and obesity." For more
information, please visit www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(12)00800-8/abstract.
U.S. DOT Announces Fifth
Round of TIGER Funding
According to the U.S. DOT website, "DOT is authorized to award
$474 million in TIGER Discretionary Grants pursuant to the Full-Year
Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013. This appropriation is similar, but
not identical to the appropriation for the 'TIGER' program authorized
and implemented pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
of 2009. As with previous rounds of TIGER, funds for the FY 2013 TIGER
program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will
have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area or a
region." For more information, please visit www.dot.gov/tiger.
CBO Releases Highway
Trust Fund Projections
According to an AMPO eMail, "The Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
released its most recent projections for the highway and transit
accounts of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). CBO's projections show that
under current conditions the highway and transit accounts will have
insufficient revenues to meet all obligations starting in fiscal year
2015. It is not clear if the balances in each account of the HTF will
have enough revenue to meet obligations before the expiration of MAP-21
at the end of September 2014. If balances fall below $4 billion, in the
highway account or $2 billion in the mass transit account it could lead
to cash shortages that may result in the slowing of
reimbursements." For more information, please visit www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/44201_HighwyTrustFund.pdf.
45% of Teens Text While Driving
According to a USA Today article, "
In 2011, 45% of all students 16 and older reported that
they had texted or e-mailed while driving during the past 30 days, says
the study by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention and reported in June's Pediatrics. Teens who texted
while driving were five times more likely than those who didn't to
drive when they had been drinking alcohol. And the more they texted the
worse their seat belt habit was. Teens who texted every day while
driving during the past month were more than 40% more likely to not
always wear their seat belts than were teens who engaged in texting
while driving once or twice in the past 30 days. The study also found
that state laws banning texting while driving had little effect, with
39% of teens reporting texting and driving in states where it is
illegal, compared with 44% of teens in states with no
restrictions." To view the source article, please visit
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.