2016 Our Town
In the future, technology will continue to improve how we get around by reducing emissions, improving safety, and making vehicles more efficient and reliable. Cars will use wireless technology to communicate with each other and warn drivers of congestion and accidents. Crash avoidance systems, using sensors embedded in the roadways, will help prevent accidents; and driverless cars are being developed by most major manufactures.
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Click below to view the 2016 Our Town Presentations:
2014 Our Town
2014 Our Town focused on Transportation Funding and the shortfalls that exist in our region and nation. Attendees learned from national and local experts, and elected officials what could be done to adequately fund our transportation system now and in the future.
Our Town also highlighted the Update to the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The RTP sets the transportation goals for the region, examines forecasted trends, identifies the transportation challenges that these trends pose, and proposes transportation investments to mitigate these challenges. The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) was also highlighted during the event. The TIP is a $1.7 billion, four-year listing of priority projects for the region. The proposed TIP has a six percent decrease in funds compared to the previous TIP
- Beth Osborne, Transportation for America
- Tigist Zegeye, WILMAPCO
- Colin Peppard, Office of U.S. Senator Thomas Carper
- Mark Kleinschmidt, NCC Chamber of Commerce
- Ted Williams, Transportation Trust Fund Task Force
- Shailen Bhatt, DelDOT
- Mike Nixon, MDOT
2012 Our Town
WILMAPCO’s 2012 Our Town event focused on rail and making the connections in New Castle County, Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland. The event highlighted several Transit Oriented Development (TOD) plans in both Maryland and Delaware, regional rail plans, local rail projects,Amtrak’s North East Corridor plans, and regional freight plans.
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- Rebecca Reyes-Alicea, USDOT, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Railroad Policy & Development
- Drew Galloway, AVP, NEC Infrastructure Investment & Development, Amtrak
- Scott Muir, Government Relations, Atlantic States, Norfolk Southern
- Dave Gula, Principal Planner, WILMAPCO – WILMAPCO Transit Studies
2010 Our Town
More than 100 residents and professionals attended WILMAPCO’s Our Town Event this November. Attendees had the opportunity to view and comment on presentations for five state and regional Plans including WILMAPCO’s 2040 Regional Transportation Plan update. Following the presentations WILMAPCO’s Council members had the opportunity to describe their visions for the future and spent nearly an hour answering audience questions. The event provided a great opportunity for honest dialog between local leaders and community members, and an unpreceidented opportunity to learn about and affect a variety of Plans for the region.
To view the PowerPoint presentations from Our Town, please click the links below:
- Plan Maryland—the State’s first comprehensive plan for sustainable growth and development
- New Castle County Comprehensive Plan—5-year update
- Delaware State Spending Strategies–creates a unified view for growth and preservation priorities that all levels of government can use to allocate resources
- Delaware Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)—includes a culmination of information from WILMAPCO and Dover/Kent MPO’s Long-Range Transportation Plans, the Sussex County Comprehensive Plan, and Salisbury/Wicomico’s Plan
- WILMAPCO’s 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Update—sets regional transportation priorities for New Castle and Cecil Counties
Transportation and Energy: Setting Sustainable Priorities for the Future
WILMAPCO held its biannual Our Town community forum on Wednesday, October 22, 2008, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This year’s event focused on the use of fossil fuels and how local, state, and federal governments are working to make our transportation system more sustainable in a world that includes increased population, air pollution, and congestion.
Speakers included Reid Ewing, a research professor at the National Center for Smart Growth, University of Maryland; Bill Osborne, Transportation Management Association (TMA) of Delaware; Beth Osborne, Senator Tom Carper’s office; Stephen Kingsberry, Delaware Transit Corporation; Mark Barteau, University of Delaware; Scott Lynch, Delaware Department of Energy; and Donald Halligan, Maryland Department of Transportation.