News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)
Wilmington's Transit Future - Public
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 www.wilmapco.org/wilmington-initiatives.
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: www.wilmapco.org/marshallton.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Update
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 www.mdot.maryland.gov/bikewalkplan
for a full summary of the Public Open House Meeting.
MDOT 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 http://www.mdot.maryland.gov/Office_of_Planning_and_Capital_Programming/2013_CTP_Tour/Index.html.
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
Transit Corporation & Downtown Visions Partner Together on Safety
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 www.dartfirststate.com/rightfit/index.shtml.
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 http://completecommunitiesde.org. The
registration deadline is October 28. To register, please visit https://commerce.cashnet.com/cashnetc/selfserve/EditItem.aspx?PC=IPCC-DESUM&ItemCount=1.
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.
Association Webinar - Planning Ethics and the Law
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
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 http://www.planetizen.com/websites2013?goback=.gde_1961663_member_265820847#!.
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 www.walkinginfo.org/newsroom/2013-08-26.cfm.
Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System
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 www.pedbikesafe.org/PEDSAFE.
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 www.betterroads.com/study-proposes-implementing-per-mile-tolls-on-u-s-interstate-system/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=09-16-2013&utm_campaign=BR&ust_id=c1838ee0da&*.
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.