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 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

October 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. 


Air Quality Subcommittee
October 10, 10 a.m.

Congestion Management Subcommittee
October 10, 1 p.m.

Technical Advisory Committee
October 17, 10 a.m.

Public Advisory Committee
October 21, 7 p.m.

Other Events 

WILMAPCO will be closed on October 14 for Columbus Day  

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

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In this issue...


·         Marshallton Circulation Study 

Member Agency News

·         Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Update   

·         MDOT Annual Statewide Tour to Discuss Transportation Priorities 

·         Governor O'Malley Announces $3.2 Million in New Bikeways Grants  

Local News  

·         Complete Communities Delaware Summit 2013 

·         Transportation Infrastructure Forum 

·         American Planning Association Webinar - Planning Ethics and the Law 

National News

·         New Undergrad Bike and Pedestrian Teaching Modules 

·         Website: PEDSAFE Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System 

·         Study Proposes Implementing Per-mile Tolls on U.S. Interstate System 


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WTFWilmington's Transit Future - Public Workshop

The Wilmington Initiatives partners invite you to an Open House Public workshop on Wednesday, October 16 at the Double Tree Hotel, located at 8th and King Streets in Wilmington from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wilmington Initiatives is a partnership between the City of Wilmington, DelDOT, Delaware Transit Corporation and DART First State, and WILMAPCO.

The workshop will include a presentation on the future of transit in Wilmington.  The purpose of the workshop is to seek meaningful public input on the transit recommendations of the State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI) Study and previous work done by the Wilmington Initiatives. The SSTI Study provided recommendations on circulation alternatives, identified the need for a new downtown transit center, and discussed several programs for consideration to improve transit service in Downtown Wilmington.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about upcoming transportation projects in Downtown Wilmington, including:

In addition, there will be information regarding several Transportation Enhancement and Transportation Alternatives Projects in Wilmington. For more information, please visit


MarshalltonMarshallton Circulation Study

WILMAPCO will be presenting an update of the Marshallton Circulation Study at the next Marshallton Civic Association meeting. The meeting is set for October 10,  7 p.m., at the Mill Creek Fire Hall (3900 Kirkwood Highway). This study was initiated in the fall of 2011 to address traffic concerns and nonmotorized access within Marshallton and to points outside. The final recommendations will include rebuilds of the intersections of Stanton and Newport at Old Capitol Trail, and numerous sidewalk improvements. Visit our Marshallton webpage to learn more:



Member Agency News


MDBIkePlanMaryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Update

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is leading an update of the existing Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, which was 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 will hold a public meeting to discuss the Draft Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan on Tuesday, November 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton, MD. An online participation option will also be available. Please visit the project website at for a full summary of the Public Open House Meeting.


CTPTourMDOT Annual Statewide Tour to Discuss Transportation Priorities

Each fall the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) presents its draft six-year capital program for review and comment.  At each stop, the Transportation Secretary will seek the input of local leaders on the draft FY 2014-FY 2019 Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP), which details the MDOT six-year capital budget.  The Cecil County portion of the tour will be held on November 1 at the Elkton Library at 2:30 p.m. To view the draft CTP and tour dates, please visit    


BikewaysGrantGovernor O'Malley Announces $3.2 Million in New Bikeways Grants  

According to a Maryland Department of Transportation press release, "Governor Martin O'Malley announced $3.2 million in Bikeways Program Grants to fund 23 projects in four counties and 12 municipalities. The Maryland Bikeways Program, which is administered by MDOT, supports the design and construction of projects that create and improve bicycle connections in Maryland to key destinations, like work, school and shopping." Cecil County received $39,470 to install bike racks and signage on bike routes in the Towns of Cecilton, Charlestown, Chesapeake City, Elkton, Perryville, North East, and Rising Sun. To view the full list of grant-funded projects, please visit

SafetyAmbassadorDelaware Transit Corporation & Downtown Visions Partner Together on Safety Ambassador Program

According to a DART First State news release, "Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) has announced their partnership with Downtown Visions for a Safety Ambassador Program.  The objective of the program is for the Safety Ambassadors to serve the community by providing information to riders about local attractions as well as providing an extra set of eyes and ears while riding the Wilmington Trolley." For information, please call 1-800-652-DART or visit


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CompleteCommComplete 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 a.m. to 3 p.m., 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 The registration deadline is October 28.  To register, please visit


InfrastructureTransportation 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  


APADEAmerican Planning Association Webinar - Planning Ethics and the Law

The Planning Ethics and Law webcast, sponsored by Kent County, will be held on October 9, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Kent County Administrative Complex, 555 Bay Road, Room 220. This webinar will broaden your understanding of ethics and examine what standards the law uses to judge ethical behavior. To view a list of upcoming webcasts, please visit


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PlanetcitizenPlanetizen's Top Ten Planning, Design, and Development Websites

According to an August 12 Planetizen article, "Our annual list of the ten best planning, design, and development websites represents some of the top online resources for news, information, and research on the built environment."  For more information, please visit!.


BikePedTeachingNew Undergrad Bike and Pedestrian Teaching Modules

According to an August 26 Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) news brief, "PBIC is pleased to announce the release of new bicycle and pedestrian planning teaching modules for undergraduate students. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Short Series is designed to augment undergraduate courses in basic civil engineering and/or transportation planning. The series consists of three lessons covering Planning for Pedestrians and Bicycles, Pedestrian and Bicycle Facility Design, and Pedestrian and Bicycle Data and Performance."  For more information, please visit


PedsafeWebsite: PEDSAFE Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System

The Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System is intended to provide practitioners with the latest information available for improving the safety and mobility of those who walk. The online tools provide the user with a list of possible engineering, education, or enforcement treatments to improve pedestrian safety and/or mobility based on user input about a specific location. For more information, please visit   


TollsStudy Proposes Implementing Per-mile Tolls on U.S. Interstate System 

According to an article in Better Roads, "In an attempt to provide a solution to America's transportation funding problems, the Reason Foundation, a libertarian nonprofit organization that researches public policy, has proposed tolling interstates and charging 3.5 cents per mile for cars and 14 cents per mile for trucks."  For more information, please visit*.


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