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 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

 

May 2013 

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WILMAPCO Meetings 

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May 9, 1 p.m.

WILMAPCO Council

May 9, 6:30 p.m.

May 13, 10 a.m.

 

May 16, 10 a.m.

Other Events  

May 15, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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NBPNewark Bicycle Plan Online Workshop

WILMAPCO and the Newark Bicycle Committee would like to know your concerns and ideas to help improve biking conditions in and around Newark. You can find an online survey and interactive map to submit comments at www.wilmapco.org/bikenewark through the end of June. A preliminary draft Plan will be released later this May and will be revised throughout the summer based on community feedback.

 

AQPSign up for Air Quality Email Alerts

The air we breathe is a mixture of gases and microscopic particles. Some of these gases and particles are air pollutants, and they are unhealthy to breathe. Most of the time pollution levels do not impact our daily lives. At other times, certain pollutants reach unhealthy levels and put many at risk.   

 

EnviroFlash (www.enviroflash.info) is an e-mail alert system that delivers air quality information straight to your inbox. Subscribers sign up, fill out some basic information and receive daily alerts about their local Air Quality Index (AQI) forecasts. They will also receive alerts when special events such as unhealthy ozone or particle pollution occur.

   

Knowing your air quality level is important if you have respiratory or heart issues, if you are an older adult, if you have children or if you are active outdoors. Elevated levels of pollutants, like ozone and particle pollution, can have serious short- and long-term impact on your health. To learn more, please visit the Air Quality Partnership of Delaware webpage at www.wilmapco.org/aqp

 

APAAPA Webinar: Rethinking the Role of the Urban Freeway Lecture

WILMAPCO is hosting the American Planning Association (APA) Webinar: Rethinking the Role of the Urban Freeway, sponsored by the local APA Delaware Chapter and DelDOT on May 15, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The webinar will explore how freeways and cities can learn to get along by examining different approaches.  American cities - including San Francisco, Seattle, New Orleans, Milwaukee, and others - have taken to address their problem freeways, and the latest results in terms of mobility, real estate value, social equity, and other measures.  For more information, please visit www.delawareapa.org.  One Certificate Maintenance (CM) credit is available for this webinar. 

 

BikeMonthMay is National Bike Month

Featured events include:

  • May 14-Bike to Work Day in Newark: Join other commuters and show your support for bicycling in Newark, from 7:30 to 10 a.m., at the Trabant Center. This will coincide with the annual UD Employee Benefits Fair and will feature special guests, visit www.wilmapco.org/bikenewark.
  • May 15-National Ride of Silence: Visit  www.rideofsilence.org to learn about the event which honors those who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. In Wilmington, the ride will depart from Porky Oliver's Golf Club. Note: No Newark ride will take place in 2013. More details are available at www.whiteclaybicycleclub.org.
  • May 17-Bike to Work Day in Wilmington: Three groups rides will begin at 7:30 a.m., to a reception at the H.B. DuPont Plaza, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. View the flier here or visit www.bikewilmington.org.

 

bikeMember Agency News

 

SHASHA Solicits National Recreational Trail Projects 

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is accepting applications for FY14 Recreational Trail Program funding with a deadline date of 2 p.m. on July 1, 2013. SHA encourages agencies and non-profit organizations to utilize this Program to fund trail related projects including both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. Examples of trail uses include hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, canoeing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles. Funding awards will be announced this Fall.  

 

Applications may be submitted electronically to tmaxwell@sha.state.md.us. Because SHA's email server rejects most attachments larger than 6 MB, please use an FTP site or file sharing service to transmit the application and any large attachments. Confirmation will be sent when the application is received. To learn more about the Recreational Trails Program, please visit http://roads.maryland.gov/Index.aspx?PageId=98.

     

MDOTMDOT now Accepting Applications for Bikeways Grant Funding

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is now accepting applications for Bikeways Program funding. Applications are due by June 5.  Funding awards will be announced this summer. To learn more about the Bikeways Program and to download an application, please visit www.cycle.maryland.gov.  

 

The Bikeways Program supports design and construction of projects that make biking a true transportation alternative by enhancing bicycle access to transit, enhancing bicycle safety, extending shared-use paths, and improving facilities and wayfinding for bike routes that connect key destinations, such as work, school and shopping.  The Program supports bike improvements along both local and state roads, as well as off-road trails and pathways.

 

Applications may be submitted electronically to MDBikeways@mdot.maryland.gov. Because MDOT's email server rejects most attachments larger than 6 MB, please use an FTP site or file sharing service to transmit the application and any large attachments. Confirmation will be sent when the application is received. Please contact us at the email above with any questions about submissions or to discuss potential projects. 

 

RailStudyDelmarva Intercity Rail Study

According to an April DART Rider Notice, "The Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC), in partnership with the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), has conducted a study of passenger rail service to downstate Delaware and Eastern Shore Maryland. The Delmarva Rail Study examined the potential for Amtrak service from points on the Northeast Corridor between Washington, D.C. and New York City to destinations in the resort area. Within Delaware this would be mainly on existing Norfolk Southern Railway track and possibly the Maryland and Delaware Railroad extending to Berlin, Maryland. At the request of Maryland DOT, the potential and cost of reestablishing rail service to Ocean City was also examined." For more information on the study, please visit www.DartFirststate.com

  

 

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BikeDEWalkable Bikeable Delaware 2013

The Walkable Bikeable Delaware 2013 event will be held in Dover on May 1st.  The theme is "Active Transportation, Healthy Families". The event will bring together elected leaders, engineers, public health professionals, agency staff, and residents from all over the state. Many will attend the summit after cycling to Dover with the Legislators' Bike to Work Ride.  For more information or to register for Walkable Bikeable Delaware 2013, please visit www.bikede.org/category/walkable-bikeable-delaware.  To register for for the Legislators' Bike to Work Ride, please go to: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e787g5th6ab23bb4&oseq=&c=&ch=.   

 

MDTransInvestMaryland Approves Four-Year Transportation Investment

According to an editorial in the April 5 Washington Post, "With impressive speed, lawmakers adopted the first gas-tax hike in a generation in response to a coordinated push by Gov. Martin O'Malley and the two top leaders of the General Assembly, all Democrats. The legislation is expected to raise about $4.4 billion for new transportation projects and maintenance over six years, a relatively modest amount, given the need. Still, if lawmakers had not acted, the state was on course to run out of funds by 2017 for all but routine upkeep on highways, bridges, and rails."  To view the source article, please visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/marylands-gas-tax-victory/2013/04/05/89f4b152-9e00-11e2-a941-a19bce7af755_story.html.  

 

MTAMaryland Transit Administration Unveils New MV-1 Vehicles to Serve People with Disabilities 

According to the Washington Post, "The Maryland Transit Administration is unveiling its new fleet of mobility vehicles to serve riders with disabilities. The transit agency is replacing its fleet of sedans and cut-away buses with new vehicles designed specifically for people in wheelchairs. They are called MV-1s. The first 10 MV-1 vehicles are now in service, and 30 more will be put into service over the next two months under a $2 million contract. The new vehicles are expected to get better gas mileage and save the MTA about $75,000 a month, or $900,000 a year once most of the fleet is converted."  To view the source article, please visit www.washingtonpost.com/local/maryland-transit-administration-unveils-new-mv-1-vehicles-to-serve-disabled-riders-save-money/2013/04/01/e713347c-9ad5-11e2-9219-51eb8387e8f1_story.html.  

 

DelDOTDelDOT Installing Antennas to Improve Reception of Traffic Information Station 

According to the Cape Gazette, "Tall, wirey poles have gone up at several locations along Route 1, designed to strengthen the Department of Transportation's radio station signal. DelDOT installed six antennas, from the Smyrna area to the Cape Region," said Sandy Roumillat, deputy manager for DelDOT public relations. "A large auxiliary tower also was installed at a salt barn in Glasgow. The antennas will help strengthen the radio signal for DelDOT's WTMC radio station 1380 AM." To view the source article, please visit http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/p/deldot-antennas-sprout-along-route-1/977430.  



 

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MAP21Obama Administration 2014 Budget Proposes Fully Funding, Expanding MAP-21  

According to The Hill, "The president's budget calls for appropriating $76 billion for the Department of Transportation, which would be a $4 billion increase from 2012. The plan also reiterates President Obama's call for spending $50 billion on fixing existing roads, and spending $40 billion on a new Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act (PRIIA). The White House's explanation of the budget says that President Obama's plan would fully fund the transportation bill passed last year, which included $50.1 billion for road and transit projects in 2014. President Obama is also calling for an expansion of the transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), in 2015."  To view the source article, please visit http://thehill.com/blogs/transportation-report/infrastructure/293011-obama-wants-50b-for-roads-40b-for-rail-map-21-extension.

 

RightsizingRightsizing Streets Webinar

ContextSensitiveSolutions.org will present a webinar on creating "Rightsizing Streets," strategies for reallocating a street's space to better serve its full range of users  This free webinar is brought to you by FHWA, in partnership with the Project for Public Spaces, and INDUS Corporation.  The webinar will be held on April 30 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This webinar will explore how transportation agencies are rethinking their streets to better fit the surrounding context and create better communities.  Rightsizing is a comprehensive process of reconfiguring streets and constrained Right of Ways (ROW)s by utilizing "outside the box" strategies like road diets and restriping techniques.  Transportation officials from Seattle and Charlotte will share their expertise and experience with rightsizing. For more information, please visit www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/resources/webconference/web_conf_learner_reg.aspx?webconfid=25974.

BiketoschoolNational Bike to School Day is Four Weeks Away

The National Bike to School Day celebration on May 8 is only four weeks away, and there are already more than 550 events registered at www.walkbiketoschool.org  from 47 states and the District of Columbia. Take a look at the Who's Biking Map to see who's planning to ride to school in this nationwide event. National Bike to School Day encourages a nationwide bike-focused celebration for students in the month of May, which is also National Bike Month. National Bike to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for bicycling and walking and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, reducing traffic congestion and concern for the environment.

SurgeonGeneralYou're Invited to Give Input on the Office of the Surgeon General's Future Call to Action on Walking

Until April 30, the US Surgeon General is looking for feedback from the public on what should be included in a future call to action around walking. Just like recent calls to action and reports by the Surgeon General (breastfeeding, healthy homes, and smoking), your feedback will be consolidated and combined into the proposed call to action on walking.

During the Public Comment Period, April 1 through April 30, you have a unique opportunity to provide comment to the Federal Register on the proposed call to action on walking. To comment, visit www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=CDC-2013-0003-0001.  

   

SmartSkinWireless "Smart Skin" Sensors to Provide Remote Monitoring of Infrastructure

According to R&D News, "Major bridge failures in recent years have focused attention on the need to monitor America's highway bridges and other infrastructure. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are developing a novel technology that would facilitate close monitoring of structures for strain, stress, and early formation of cracks. Their approach uses wireless sensors that are low cost, require no power, can be implemented on tough yet flexible polymer substrates, and can identify structural problems at a very early stage.These sensor designs can be inkjet printed on various substrates, using methods that optimize them for operation at radio frequency. The result would be low-cost, weather-resistant devices that could be affixed by the thousands to various kinds of structures."  To view the source article, please visit www.rdmag.com/news/2013/04/wireless-smart-skin-sensors-provide-remote-monitoring-infrastructure.

 

ALAAmerican Lung Association "State of the Air 2013" Report Finds Air Quality Improves Nationwide Despite More Spikes in Unhealthy Air Days

According to an American Lung press release, "The American Lung Association's 'State of the Air 2013' report finds significant progress in the reduction of year-round particle pollution (soot) across the nation, but many cities that ranked among the most polluted had more unhealthy days of high ozone (smog) and short-term particle pollution than in the 2012 report."  To view the report, please visit /www.stateoftheair.org/2013/.  

 

About Us
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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