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 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

 

September 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. 

 

September 9, 10 a.m.

Air Quality Subcommittee
September 12, 10 a.m.

Congestion Management Subcommittee
September 12, 1 p.m.

WILMAPCO Council
September 12, 6:30 p.m.

Technical Advisory Committee
September 19, 10 a.m.

 

Visit WILMAPCO at the following events: 

September 15, University of Delaware

Elkton Fall Fest
September 21
Main Street, Elkton

Other Events 

WILMAPCO will be closed on September 2 for Labor Day  


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

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In this issue...

WILMAPCO News

Member Agency News

         DelDOT Public Workshop - U.S. 40/SR 72Intersection Improvements 

         DelDOT Public Hearing - Capital Transportation Program 

Local News  

National News

         Longer Walk to School Improves Girls' Cognitive Performance

         State and Local Transportation Revenue Models and Sources 

         App Lets Commuters Vent Traffic Frustration 

         DOT Unveils New Tools to Help Communities Keep Pedestrians Safe 

         2011 Pedestrian Traffic Safety Fact Sheet Released 

 

walkerWILMAPCO News 

   

TIPPublic Comment Sought for Two Billion Dollars in Proposed Transportation Improvements 

Draft amendments to WILMAPCO's Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) have been released for public comment. The TIP is a four-year listing of transportation priorities and projects for New Castle County, Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland based on available funding. The TIP is amended each year for New Castle County and for the State of Delaware based on the Delaware Bond Bill.  

  

The draft amended TIP contains 19 percent more funding than the FY 2014-17 TIP, approved in March 2013. Newly added roadway projects include:

  • Cavaliers Mitigation - build berms and vegetative walls next to the Cavaliers apartments alongside I-95
  • SR 4, Christina Parkway: SR 2-SR 896 - add two eastbound lanes on Christina Parkway from SR 896, South College Avenue to SR 2, Elkton Road 
  • Nine new bridge preservation projects

The TIP public comment period will extend through September 4. Residents wishing to submit comments can:

 

Member Agency News

 

DelDOTWorkshopDelDOT Public Workshop - U.S. 40 /SR 72
Intersection Improvements
 

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is holding a Public Workshop to obtain comments from surrounding businesses and the general public for the capital project on SR 72.  The workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 10 at Keene Elementary School, 200 LaGrange Avenue in Newark. The public is invited to attend any time between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. The project involves reconstructing the intersection of U.S. 40 and SR 72 to provide an additional through lane on each approach to U.S. 40. In addition to improving pedestrian and bicycle access, the project also includes providing double left-turn lanes along both U.S. 40 approaches to SR 72. For more information, please visit www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicNotice&id=4938&month=9&year=2013.

 

CTPDelDOT Public Hearing - Capital Transportation Program

DelDOT invites Interested persons to participate in the development of the states six-year Capital Transportation Program (CTP) for Fiscal Years 2014 to 2019, by attending public hearings to be held in September. The hearings provide an opportunity to review current and suggested transportation projects. The hearings also include capital investments for DART First State public transit. The public hearings will be held in an open house format, with a Court Reporter available to take comment. The New Castle County hearing will be held on Thursday, September 26, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Kathleen H. Wilbur Elementary School.  For more information, please visit www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicNotice&id=4941&month=9&year=2013.

 

 

trainLocal News 

 

GGRPMaryland Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan Released by Governor O'Malley

According to the July 2013 ClimateLine, "Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley hosted a national Climate Change Summit at the Baltimore Maritime Institute to release Maryland's historic Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Plan.  The GHG reduction goal of the Plan is to reduce Maryland's GHG emissions by 25 percent from the 2006 baseline by 2020, equivalent to cutting 55 million metric tons of CO2 (mmtco2) in 2020. The Plan aims to achieve these environmental goals through a combination of 150 new or updated programs, initiatives, and aid packages covering all economic sectors. The Plan also includes a two-phase plan for climate adaptation, including immediate preparation for sea level rise and storm surges, as well as preparation for future changes in water cycles and temperatures that affect the health of Maryland's citizens, agriculture, ecosystems, Chesapeake Bay, and critical infrastructure." For more information, please visit www.climatestrategies.us/library/library/view/943.

DriverSurveyDelaware Driver Behavior Survey
The Delaware Office of Highway Safety has created an online survey to learn motorist views on traffic safety throughout the state. Survey participants will then have an opportunity to win two tickets to one of the three races in September at the Monster Mile, OHS Drive Sober team racing apparel, or tickets to Firefly 2014. For more information, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/OHS2013Survey.

SLRDelaware Sea Level Rise Awareness Week
Delaware has the lowest average elevation of any state, making its 381 miles of shoreline particularly vulnerable to sea level rise. September 14 - 22 is Delaware Sea Level Rise Awareness Week. Learn about rising waters and what we can do to prepare during a series of public meetings held throughout the state.  All meetings will be held from 7 to 8:30pm, and include panel presentations on:

  • The science behind Sea Level Rise
  • The ethical and social justice considerations
  • Delaware Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee recommendations  

Meeting will be held at the following times and locations:

  • Monday, September 16 at the Christ Episcopal Church, South State St. and Water St., Dover
  • Wednesday, September 18 at Limestone Presbyterian Church, 3201 Limestone Rd.
  • Friday, September 20 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 211 Mulberry St., Lewes   
  • Tuesday, September 24 at Elbert-Palmer Elementary School, 1210 Lobdell St., Wilmington

For more information, please visit http://sosdelaware.org or email Chad Tolman at ctolman141@gmail.com.

 
KingThe King of Transit Bus Wrap Project

Geraldo "The King of Transit" Gonzalez has been drawing public transit vehicles since 2004. The King of Transit Bus Wrap Project aims to take one of Geraldo's bus drawings and translate it into a full advertising wrap over a DART bus. The cost of the project is $8,000.  This project will only be realized if at least $8,000 is pledged by Friday October 11 via the following website: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1861114503/the-king-of-transit-bus-wrap-project.

  

 

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EPAGreening America's Capitals: Request for Letters of Interest from Capital Cities 

EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities is seeking letters of interest from state capital cities interested in receiving design assistance to create a clear and implementable vision of distinctive, environmentally friendly neighborhoods that incorporate smart growth strategies and green infrastructure systems. Letters of interest are due no later than 11:59 p.m., on September 23.  Read the Request for Letters of Interest at www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/pdf/greencapitals/greening-americas-capitals-letters-of-interest2013.pdf

 

LongerWalksLonger Walk to School Improves Girls' Cognitive Performance 

According to an abstract in a July 24th news release, "Cognitive performance of adolescent girls who walk to school is better than that of girls who travel by bus or car. Moreover, cognitive performance is also better in girls who walk for more than 15 minutes, than in those who live closer and have a shorter walk to school."  For more information, please visit http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/uog-cpi072413.php.

 

TransRevenueState and Local Transportation Revenue Models and Sources 

According to a January State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI) website posting, "This SSTI report (Report on State and Local Transportation Revenue Sources) examines innovative, sustainable transportation funding models to assist decision-makers in identifying policies and practices to augment the current fuel tax revenue system. The report provides a broad account of these funding methods, where they have been implemented or proposed, and identifies state laws, policies, and practices that permit state DOTs and local governments to pursue a more sustainable funding model."  For more information, please visit http://www.ssti.us/2012/10/ssti-report-on-state-and-local-transportation-revenue-sources-ssti-2012/.

 

CommuterAppApp Lets Commuters Vent Traffic Frustration 

According to an email from Building America's Future, "Building America's Future has developed a free mobile app that will allow delayed commuters around the nation to directly and immediately e-mail their U.S. Representative or Senator to share their frustration. The app is available for download on Android and Apple devices - search for, "I'm Stuck" or "Building Americas Future."  Additionally, the app can be downloaded from the website: http://action.bafuture.org/imstuck/

 

USDOTPedToolDOT Unveils New Tools to Help Communities Keep Pedestrians Safe

According to a U.S. Department of Transportation press release, "Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced a new set of tools to help communities combat the rising number of pedestrian deaths that have occurred over the last two years. As part of the campaign, the Department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is making $2 million in pedestrian safety grants available to cities with the highest rate of pedestrian deaths, and along with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is launching a one-stop shop website www.nhtsa.gov/everyoneisapedestrian with safety tips and resources for local leaders, city planners, parents and others involved in improving pedestrian safety." For more information, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/everyoneisapedestrian.

 

PedSafetyFactSheet2011 Pedestrian Traffic Safety Fact Sheet Released  

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a fact sheet that summarizes the number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities in the United States in 2011. In 2011, on average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes in the United States. For more information, please visit www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811748.pdf.

 

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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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