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 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

May 2014 E-News 


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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.


May 8, 10 a.m.


May 8, 6:30 p.m. 


May 12, 10 a.m. 

Technical Advisory Committee
May 15, 10 a.m.

Other Events

WILMAPCO will be closed on May 26 for Memorial Day. 


For updates or more information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit

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BikeMonthMay is National Bike Month

Whether you are a beginning cyclist or a seasoned rider, plenty of events are scheduled for 2014. Highlighted events include:

  • May 14 - Delaware Legislator's Ride: Details available at www.­bike.­deldot.­gov 
  • May 16 - Bike to Work Day in Newark: Join other commuters and show your support for bicycling in Newark, from 7:30-9 a.m., at the Trabant University Center,
  • May 16 - Bike to Work Day in Wilmington: Bicycle commuter morning reception in front of the Highmark Building (800 Delaware Avenue) from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Evening reception at Wilmington Grand Prix Time Trials at Brandywine Park from 5 to 7 p.m.  For information visit  
  • May 21- National Ride of Silence: Visit 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, and in Newark it will depart from the Newark Charter School. More details are available at 
  • May 16-18 - Wilmington Grand Prix: Features competitive pro cyclist races, a bicycle parade, and a family-friendly ride escorted by Governor Markell, visit 
  • May 28 - Cycling Class for Beginning Riders - White Clay Bicycle Club will offer free training at WILMAPCO. For more information, visit    

AQAir Quality Awareness Week Pledge
Air Quality Partnership of Delaware and RideShare Delaware have announced an opportunity for you to pledge to go car-free one day during Air Quality Awareness Week (April 28th through May 2nd) and you will be eligible to win a $100 gift card to Target, Walmart, or Wawa. During Air Quality Awareness Week, the Air Quality Partnership of Delaware encourages everyone to take the steps below help keep the air clean. 

  • Conserve energy by turning off lights and appliances when you leave a room
  • Use energy efficient appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioners, heat pumps and furnaces.
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle to conserve energy and reduce emissions
  • When possible, walk, bike or use public transportation
  • Do not idle your vehicle's engine - keep the air clean and save fuel
  • Maintain your vehicles in good working order and check tire pressure regularly
  • Shop with reusable bags instead of using paper or plastic
  • Plant trees in locations around your home to provide shade in the summer
  • Follow air quality forecasts and plan your outdoor activity as appropriate
  • Put off mowing the lawn or painting and reduce driving on bad air days 

Prize eligibility is available to those physically living or working in the State of Delaware. Employees of DelDOT, WILMAPCO, and URS Corporation are unable to participate in this promotion. To take the Air Quality Awareness Week pledge, please visit  To signup for email alerts when air quality is predicted to be poor, please visit


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MDBIkewaysMaryland Bikeways Program

According to an email, "The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is accepting applications for FY15 Maryland Bikeways Program funding. Applications are due by June 5. MDOT encourages agencies to apply to this Program to fund bicycle transportation projects. Funding awards will be announced this Fall. The Maryland Bikeways Program is a state-funded reimbursable grant program that provides funds to local, regional and state agencies to design and develop bicycle transportation infrastructure projects." Applications may be submitted online at Applications may also be submitted via email to



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ResearchSpring 2014 Research Showcase 

You are invited to attend the Delaware Center for Transportation's 2014 Transportation Research Show-case. The event will be held on May 7 from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Paradee Center, 69 Transportation Drive
Dover, DE. Attendees will have the opportunity to view poster displays and talk to Principal Investigators from the University of Delaware and Project Managers from DelDOT. Showcase projects will include environmental, bridge engineering and management, traffic, planning, policy, pavement, construction, and others. For more information, please contact Ellen Pletz at (302) 831-1446, or Sandi Wolfe at (302) 831-4094, or visit

GISDelmarva GIS 2014 

The 2014 gathering of the Delmarva GIS Community is set for May 8 at the Heritage Shores Club in Bridgeville, Delaware. The Delmarva GIS Conference (formerly Delaware GIS Conference) provides an opportunity to exchange ideas, share knowledge, and network with other professionals in the region. Each conference draws more than 200 geospatial professionals from a wide array of backgrounds including decision-makers, managers, educators, and state and local government staff.  For more information, please visit



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TransBillSecretary Foxx Sends Transportation Bill to Congress

According to U.S. DOT release, "U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx unveiled a long-term transportation bill he is sending to Congress for consideration as the House and Senate face looming deadlines to avoid the economic uncertainty and job loss that would ensue if the Highway Trust Fund runs out of money this summer. The GROW AMERICA Act reflects President Obama's vision for a four-year surface transportation reauthorization bill that would create millions of jobs and lay the foundation for long-term competitiveness, rebuilding crumbling roads and bridges while providing much-needed certainty for local and state governments and addressing the country's future needs."  To view the release, please visit

TRTRB Annual Meeting Papers and Presentations Are Now Available Online
According to the recently posted Transportation Research Board (TRB) article, "TRB Annual Meeting Online (AMOnline) portal now includes the papers and presentations from the 2014 TRB 93rd Annual Meeting, which includes more than 2,900 technical papers and viewable slides and Posters of the more than 3,600 program presentations from the Annual Meeting. In one search, this portal allows users to quickly find all available papers and visual aids by session, presentation, author, subject area, and more."  For more information, visit  


CJClimate Justice

According to the EPA's Connect Blog, "Climate change is impacting our lives today, including record high temperatures, reduced air quality, extreme weather, severe droughts and sea-level rise, just to name a few examples. While we all share this burden, these impacts greatly exasperate the many environmental and public health challenges in minority, indigenous and low-income communities. That's why EPA promotes 'climate justice' - a movement, building on more than 20 years of commitment to Environmental Justice, to protect disadvantaged communities disproportionately affected by climate change."  For more information, please visit  


BridgeNew Analysis Finds more than 63,000 U.S. Bridges Need Structural Repair
According to the Civic + Structural Engineer News, "An analysis of the 2013 National Bridge Inventory database recently released by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) shows cars, trucks, and school buses cross the nation's more than 63,000 structurally compromised bridges 250 million times every day. The problem could get a lot worse, the chief economist for the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) says, as states across the nation face a slowdown in reimbursements for already approved federal-aid highway projects in August. Without congressional action, Dr. Alison Premo Black says there will be no Highway Trust Fund support for any new road, bridge, or public transportation projects in any state during FY 2015, which begins October 1."  For more information, please visit


SafetyCampNational Public Service Campaign Targets Risky Driver and Pedestrian Behavior Near Rail Tracks

According to a DART First State Media Advisory, "National safety advocate Operation Lifesaver, Inc., (OLI) has joined with with federal transportation officials and the nation's railroads to launch the new "See Tracks? Think Train!" campaign aimed at raising public awareness about risky pedestrian and driver behavior around railroad tracks. According to preliminary Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) statistics for 2013, 908 pedestrians were injured or killed while walking on or near railroad tracks in 2013, up 7.7 percent from 843 in 2012.  In addition, 1,193 people were injured or killed at railroad grade crossings, up 1.5 percent from 1,175 in 2012."  For more information, please contact Delaware's Operation Lifesaver State Coordinator, Drew McCaskey of DART First State at (302) 576-6003.

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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


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