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.
March 10, 10
March 13, 10
March 21, 8:30 to
4 p.m., University of Delaware Clayton Hall
For updates or
more information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit www.wilmapco.org.
Heels & Wheels:
Delaware Walk and Bike Summit 2014
Recreation & Parks Society, Department of Natural Resources &
Environmental Control, Department of Transportation, Dover/Kent
Metropolitan Planning Organization, and WILMAPCO invite you to Heels
& Wheels: Delaware Walk and Bike Summit 2014. Join us on
March 21, at the University of Delaware's John M. Clayton Hall in
Newark for Delaware's premiere walking and biking conference.
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 learn
what has been achieved in recent years and how we can make Delaware a
better place to walk and bike.
Dan Burden, a
nationally recognized authority on livability, Smart Growth, and
bicycling and pedestrian design, is the keynote speaker. Burden has
helped hundreds of places in North America create pedestrian and
bicycle friendly communities.
include a joint presentation on the Delaware Trails and
Pathways Initiative by the Secretaries of DNREC and DelDOT, a
map room featuring statewide walking and biking networks and
opportunities for input, presentations from bicycle and pedestrian
safety experts, and much more.
The Summit is
free. Continental breakfast and lunch are included, but space is
limited. For more information or to register, please visit www.wilmapco.org/heelsandwheels.
Member Agency News
Try the Wilmington
According to Delaware Transit Corporation's Getting There newsletter,
"In collaboration with City business partners, the Wilmington
Trolley, Route 32 will be extended to serve the Riverfront and Delaware
Avenue at Jefferson Street. Starting February 10 you can ride the
Trolley, weekdays from 10:45 a.m. to 10:45 p.m., operating every 20
minutes. The special fare is $1.00 each trip." For more
information, please visit www.DartFirstState.com.
According to a Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA)
release, "SHA has announced new upgrades to its 511 travel
information service, helping Maryland drivers to Know 'Even More'
Before They Go. For drivers who rely most on the State's roadways,
Maryland 511 features a 'Commercial Vehicle Operator' section designed
for professional drivers. Truckers can customize 511 accounts
specifically for commercial trips that can include multiple stops along
a delivery route. The enhanced 511 system provides a one-stop
shop with information about route restrictions, Truck Weigh and
Inspection Stations and winter storm emergency truck
parking." For more information, please visit www.md511.org.
State of Delaware and
University of Delaware Partner to Create Electric Vehicle Charging
According to a
DNREC release, "Charging stations for electric vehicles will be
strategically placed at key locations in Delaware to enable long trips
in the state by next year, through a new collaborative research
agreement between the University of Delaware (UD) and the Delaware Department
of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)." For
more information, please visit www.udel.edu/udaily/2014/feb/ev-charging-stations-021914.html.
You Outside Kickoff Party
According to the Delaware Greenways e-News, "The
Second Annual See You Outside
Challenge will begin next month - help Delaware Greenways
celebrate by attending the See You Outside Kickoff Party at the Delaware
Museum of Natural History on Thursday, March 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Enjoy food, music, refreshments, and a preview of outdoor activities,
community festivals, concerts, and special events throughout the First
State. Tickets are only $15 and can be purchased at the door or
online." For more information or to purchase tickets, please
New Chesapeake Bay Draft Watershed Agreement
According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources,
"Chesapeake Bay Program partners and jurisdictions are seeking
public input on the draft Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. The
Agreement outlines a new plan for collaboration across the Bay's
political boundaries and clarifies the Bay Program's vision and
values." Bay Program partners welcome input on the draft
Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement through March 17. Interested parties
can offer input in three ways:
an in-person comment at the March 13 meeting of the Management
Board, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Joe
Macknis Memorial Conference Room (Fish Shack)
an online comment below (up to 750 words)
an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, a
public listening sessions will be held at:
Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Tuesday, March 4, from 3
to 8 p.m., in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium in Mellon Hall at
St. John's College (60 College Avenue, Annapolis). Contact:
Christopher R. Becraft (email@example.com
information, please visit www.chesapeakebay.net/chesapeakebaywatershedagreement/page.
IPA Launches Online
Delaware Complete Communities Planning
TransSearch, "The Institute for Public Administration (IPA) at the
University of Delaware has launched the Delaware Complete Communities
Planning Toolbox on its Complete Communities
website. The online Toolbox is designed to build local government's
capacity to develop complete-communities planning approaches,
implementation tools, and community engagement strategies."
For more information, please visit www.completecommunities.org.
Bike to School Day 2014 Registration Now Open
According to a National
Center for Safe Routes to School Release, "The National Center for
Safe Routes to School has announced National Bike to School Day
registration is now open. Bike to School Day is a national event that
gives communities across the country the opportunity to join together
in bicycling to school on the same day. It is part of the movement for
year-round safe routes to school and encourages bicycling to school as
a healthy way for kids and families to make their school commute."
For more information, please visit www.walkbiketoschool.org.
Department of Transportation Uses V2V Technologies to Improve Highway
According to GCN.com article, "The Department of Transportation
Department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced
this month it would begin to take the steps necessary to enable new
vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technologies in light cars and trucks. The new
V2V technologies would help vehicles avoid crashes by allowing them to
"talk" to one another to exchange safety data, including
vehicle speed and positioning information, through a combination of
roadside data-gathering sensors and in-vehicle devices. To view
the source article, please visit http://gcn.com/Articles/2014/02/10/connected-vehicles.aspx.
Department of Transportation Seeks Comment on Whether to Ban Mobile
Device Voice Communications on Flights
According to a
U.S. Department of Transportation release, "The DOT has announced
it is seeking public comment on whether it should propose a rule to ban
voice communications on passengers' mobile wireless devices on flights
within, to, and from the United States. The Advance Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking (ANPRM) on Use of Mobile Wireless Devices for Voice Calls on
Aircraft provides the public with 30 days to offer comments on whether
or not a rule should be proposed." Comments on the ANPRM must be
received by March 14. The ANPRM can be found at www.regulations.gov,
docket number DOT-OST-2014-0002-0001.
CTAA Announces the Launch
According to a
Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) email,
"CTAA is excited to announce the launch of RideShareNation, a site
dedicated to news, resources, finance, and discussion about connecting
all forms of ride sharing into a cohesive network that builds mobility
options, reduces congestion, and improves the environment."
For more information, please contact Caryn Souza, RideShareNation
Director or visit www.ridesharenation.com.
ULI Global Awards for
According to an
Urban Land Institute (ULI) email, "If you're proud of your work,
why not apply to the 2014 ULI Global Awards for Excellence? In its 36th
year the program is the centerpiece of ULI's efforts to identify and
promote best practices in all types of real estate development. The
awards define the standard for real estate development practice
worldwide." For more information, please visit http://uli.org/programs/awards-competitions/uli-global-award-for-excellence/.
due March 3, 2014. If you have any specific questions, contact Daniel
Lobo, manager of ULI awards, at firstname.lastname@example.org or
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.