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Transportation
 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)


November 2013 

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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. 

 

Data and Demographics Subcommittee

November 11, 10 a.m. 

 

Air Quality Subcommittee
November 14, 10 a.m.

Congestion Management Subcommittee
November 14, 1 p.m.

WILMAPCO Council
November 14, 6:30 p.m.
Elkton Town Hall
100 Railroad Ave., Elkton

Technical Advisory Committee
November 21, 10 a.m.

Other Events 

American Planning Association Webinar -

November 6, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
at WILMAPCO

WILMAPCO will be closed on November 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving.

   

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

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In this issue...

WILMAPCO News

·         WILMAPCO helps Coordinate Walk to School Month Activities  

Member Agency News

·         MDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan 

·         DART Public Hearing Workshops Announced 

·         DART First State CEO Accepts New Position 

·         Stuff the Bus  

Local News  

·         Complete Communities Delaware Summit 2013 

·         Transportation Infrastructure Forum 

·         Delaware Greenways See You Outside Harvest Party  

National News

·         Bike Commuting up 10% from 2011  

·         New from AASHTO: Commuting In America 

 

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SRTSWILMAPCO helps Coordinate Walk to School Month Activities   

During the month of October, thousands of students, parents, and community members in the WILMAPCO region celebrated International Walk to School Month. This event is part of an international effort to  encourage families to safely walk and bicycle to school. At Claymont Elementary, students participated in Walk to School Week (Oct. 21-25) where punch cards and fun giveaway items were distributed. To kick the week off, students received a visit from Buster the Bus, during a pedestrian safety assembly, where they learned how to be safe while walking near large vehicles and crossing the street. Maple Lane Elementary also participated by holding a Walk to School day event on October 29, during the school's pedestrian safety week. Fun prizes, including reflectors and blinking lights were distributed. Both schools are participating in the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. SRTS includes safety education and infrastructure improvements to make it safer for more children to walk and bike to school. Claymont Elementary is scheduled to see new sidewalks constructed and crosswalks painted this fall, while Maple Lane is slated for next fall. For more information about these Safe Routes to School programs, please visit www.wilmapco.org/school-children

 

 

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MDOTMDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan 

According to a Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update Newsletter article, "MDOT is leading an update of the existing Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, adopted in 2002. This Plan establishes a 20-year vision to guide investments that support cycling and walking, both on-road and off-road, as part of Maryland's multimodal transportation network. MDOT is also updating the Maryland Transportation Plan (MTP), the State's 20-year vision for transportation, which identifies goals and strategies to help guide statewide policy and investment decisions across all modes of transportation." A Public Meeting to discuss the Draft Plan will be held on November 13 from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Talbot County Free Library, 100 W. Dover Street, Easton, MD.  

 

You will also be able to join the meeting online using WebEx web conferencing. The link to join the meeting will be posted to www.mdot.maryland.gov/bikewalkplan the day of the meeting. Advanced registration is not required. A phone conference option will also be available for those who would like to call in to listen to the presentation and participate in a discussion. The conference number will be (866) 365-4406 Access Code: 9320229. For more information on the Bike and Pedestrian Plan, please visit http://www.mdot.maryland.gov/bikewalkplan.  For more information on the Transportation Plan, please visit www.mdot.maryland.gov/MTP.

 

DARTDART Public Hearing Workshops Announced
According to a DART First State Public Hearing Notice, "Delaware Transit Corporation will conduct Public Hearing Workshops to obtain comments on DART's proposed Transit Redesign Plan, which will expand and improve transportation services for all Delawareans. The proposed Plan includes fixed route bus service expansion, paratransit service model
changes, and a fare increase."  The New Castle County workshops will be held at the following times and locations:

Tuesday, October 29, 4 PM to 7 PM

Wilmington DoubleTree Hotel

700 King Street, Wilmington 19801

 

Wednesday, November 6, 4 PM to 7 PM  

Embassy Suites Hotel

654 S. College Avenue, Newark 19713   

 

For more information, please visit  www.dartfirststate.com/information/getting_there/public_hearings/index.shtml

 

SHASix New Roundabouts Proposed for Cecil County

According the an article in the Cecil Whig, "The State Highway Administration (SHA) announced its intention to build six roundabouts in Cecil County in 2015 and 2016, mostly along Telegraph Road. Four new roundabouts are planned on Route 273, and two of them will replace existing traffic signals." 


SHA will hold an Information Public Meeting regarding the roundabouts on Wednesday, November 13 from 6 PM to 8 PM, at the Cecil County Administration Building, 200 Chesapeake Boulevard, Elkton. For more information, please visit www.roads.maryland.gov/Pages/CalendarDetails.aspx?EventId=100

 

TrailStudyNewark to Wilmington Pathway Feasibility Study

As part of the Delaware Department of Transportation's First State Trail and Pathway Initiative, the Newark to Wilmington Pathway Feasibility Study will identify off-road bicycling and walking connection between Newark and Wilmington. 

According to the project website, "the purpose of the Study is twofold:

  1. To evaluate potential routes between the two cities that could provide bicycle and pedestrian connections not only end-to-end, but to destinations in between.
  2. To identify sections of those routes that could be built in the short-term, reflecting both public input and technical feasibility. Potential routes shown on the maps were suggested based on GIS analysis, extensive field review, and consultation with a number of public agencies.

DelDOT is currently seek public input on these potential routes. This study does not intend to recommend one single continuous route between Newark and Wilmington. Rather, the goal is to move forward with individual segments that have local community benefits, eventually weaving a fabric of active transportation choices in northern New Castle County."  For more information, please visit www.deldot.gov/information/projects/trails/Newark_to_Wilm_Pathway/index.shtml.

 

CEODART First State CEO Accepts New Position

According to a Getting There article, "DART First State CEO Lauren Skiver accepted a new position at SunLine Transit Agency on the West Coast. While Lauren led Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC), her top priorities were improving operating efficiencies, performance management, and the development of leadership for the corporation. As Lauren moves on to new endeavors, Rich Paprcka, Chief Operating Officer will be DTC's Acting Chief Executive Officer."  For more information, please visit www.DartFirstState.com.

 

StuffBusStuff the Bus

According to a Getting There news article, "In November, DART First State will sponsor the 16th annual 'Stuff the Bus' Thanksgiving Food Drive in support of the Food Bank of  Delaware.The Food Bank of  Delaware will distribute the donated food via its 440 hunger-relief partners in Delaware. Last year DART collected 10.8 tons (21,595 pounds) of food for Delaware residents in need."  Stuff the bus will be held in Rodney Square in Wilmington on Thursday, November 14 and Friday, November 15.  For more information, please visit www.DartFirstState.com.

 

DelDOTDelDOT's Red Light Safety Camera Program Explained in New Video
According to a DelDOT press release, "DelDOT has posted a link to a new video on its web site (www.deldot.gov) explaining how Delaware's red-light safety camera program works and why it is effective in changing driver behavior and reducing crashes. DelDOT has seen measurable safety improvements at the state's most dangerous intersections since the Electronic Red Light Safety program was implemented in 2004. Red-light running crashes are down 29 percent and dangerous T-bone crashes have decreased by 47 percent since the cameras became active. Red-light safety cameras are in use at 30 intersections in Delaware. When a driver enters the intersection after the light turns red, the camera captures two still images and a 12-second video of the event."  To view the video, please visit www.deldot.gov/information/red_light.

 

DTCDelaware Transit Corporation to Conduct Rider Origin - Destination Survey

According to a DART First State news release, "Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) has announced a Rider Origin - Destination Survey. The survey will request transit trip information from DART First State customers riding routes in Northern New Castle County.  The information collected will assist in transit service planning for the Wilmington region."  For more information or to complete the survey, please visit www.DartFirstState.com.

 

 

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UDComplete Communities Delaware Summit 2013

The Institute for Public Administration (IPA) at the University of Delaware, in partnership with DelDOT, the Office of State Planning Coordination (OSPC), and National/Delaware Association of REALTORS®, is hosting its second Delaware Complete Communities Summit. The event is slated for Monday, November 4, from 8 AM to 3 PM, at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, Dover, Delaware.

           

The main objective of the summit is to convene community stakeholders and discuss Delaware complete communities' issues. Featured keynote speakers are Jonathan Levine, Ph.D, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at University of Michigan, and Paul Bishop, Ph.D, Vice President of Research, National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, please visit http://completecommunitiesde.org.  To register, please visit https://commerce.cashnet.com/cashnetc/selfserve/EditItem.aspx?PC=IPCC-DESUM&ItemCount=1.

 

ForumTransportation Infrastructure Forum

The fourth Transportation Infrastructure Forum will take place on Wednesday, November 13, in Clayton Hall on the University of Delaware campus.  The forum is estimated to attract approximately 400 participants from Federal, State, and Local governments, different academic institutions, private companies and contractors, as well as public officials and community leaders. Together this group will attempt to identify the most important transportation issues facing the State of Delaware, and the surrounding regions. For more information, please visit www.ce.udel.edu/dct.   

 

DEGreenwayDelaware Greenways See You Outside Harvest Party

According to a Delaware Greenways e-news, "In its first year, See You Outside has been an unqualified success. We have reached out to more than 100,000 people throughout the state, and thousands now routinely check www.syodelaware.org for upcoming outdoor events throughout Delaware. To celebrate the end of the 2013 Challenge, we will be gathering at the Delaware Museum of Natural History on November 14, from 6 PM to 9 PM for the First Annual See You Outside Harvest Party. In addition to the food, refreshments, music, and door prizes, there will also be the Grand Prize drawing for the $500 gift card to Trail Creek Outfitters. If you sign up, each picture you send in counts as an entry." To sign up, please visit www.syodelaware.org/sign_up.htm.

 

 

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TransitSafetyU.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Comment on Transit Safety and Asset Management
According to a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) press release, "The U.S. Department of Transportation's FTA announced that the agency is seeking public comment on the most significant regulatory step taken under FTA's new transit safety authority. The Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on Safety and Transit Asset Management will be published in the Federal Register next week. A safety and transit asset management rulemaking is required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), and covers several topics that signal FTA's commitment to ensuring that efforts to keep transit systems in good working order goes hand-in-hand with efforts to keep them safe.

 

Safety advocates, industry leaders, and the general public are invited to comment on several MAP-21 requirements that are part of FTA's new safety and transit asset management authority, including:

  • Developing and implementing meaningful national, state-level, and transit agency safety plans; and
  • Implementing a national transit asset management program to help transit agencies establish a systematic means for managing their assets and establishing performance measures for making improvements to the condition of their facilities, equipment, rolling stock, and infrastructure.

Comments must be received within 90 days of the date the notice is published.  To view the source press release, please visit http://www.fta.dot.gov/newsroom/12286_15694.html.

 

TransandHealthToolFHWA Announces Transportation and Health Tool Development

According to September 24 FHWA web post, "Many state officials and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) have begun including public health goals and health criteria in transportation planning and policies as well as within the transportation project selection process. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) are partnering to develop a simple-to-use transportation and health tool (THT). This tool is designed to be a useful resource for transportation decision-makers around the country, providing an overview and a key perspective on how their decisions impact the health of the communities they serve. The THT is under development with an anticipated online launch in fall 2014. For more information, contact Lilly Shoup at lilly.shoup@dot.gov."  To view the source web post, please visit www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/health_in_transportation/resources/health_tool/index.cfm.

 

BikeCommutingBike Commuting up 10% from 2011

According to a September 23rd American Bicyclist Update article, "New 2012 data released last week from the American Community Survey (ACS) confirmed what many people are seeing on the streets: More people are commuting by bike. According to the ACS, there was an almost 10% increase in bike commuting from 2011 to 2012. Since 2000, ACS data shows a 61.6% increase in bicycle commuting."  To view the source article, please visit http://bikeleague.org/content/acs-bike-commuting-continues-rise.  

 

AASHTONew from AASHTO: Commuting In America
According to an American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) email announcement, "AASHTO has released the first parts of Commuting in America 2013 - a series of 16 briefs analyzing the evolving role of commuting, which accounts for 28 percent of the passenger miles traveled on America's roadways. The report reveals new modal patterns and trends."  To view these publications, please visit https://bookstore.transportation.org/search.aspx?Text=commuting

 

AMTRAKAMTRAK Teams with Google to Create Interactive Train Locator Map

According to an AMTRAK press release, "Amtrak is introducing an innovative way to see where trains are and when they are expected to arrive, including information on stations nation-wide, all through a new interactive train locator map built on the easy-to-use, familiar Google Maps interface. The new train location tracking system, available at Amtrak.com, provides near real-time train status of more than 300 daily trains, estimates of arrival times and station information - all in the context of the Amtrak national system map. Users can search for information by train number or name, city and station name, or code." For more information, please visit  blog.amtrak.com.   

 

EuropeBikes Are Outselling New Cars in Europe

According to an October 24 NPR article, "Bicycle sales outpaced new-car sales last year in every European country, except Belgium and Luxembourg. The top five countries by bicycle sales can be seen in the chart below."  

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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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