News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

July 2015 

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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. 
July 9, 1 p.m. 

July 9, 6:30 p.m.

Data and Demographics Subcommittee
July 13, 10 a.m.

Joint Air Quality Subcommittee and Technical Advisory Committee
July 16, 10 a.m., Lums Pond State Park

WILMAPCO Summer Picnic
July 16, 11:30 a.m., Lums Pond State Park 
Other Events 
WILMAPCO will be closed on July 3 for Independence Day.
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In this issue...

TIPSave the Date: Transportation Project Amendments Public Review Period

Pending July 9 action by WILMAPCO Council, proposed amendments to the region's Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for will be available for public comment from July 20 to September 2, with the full details available at  


This proposal would revise the TIP based upon available Delaware funding from the FY 2016 Delaware Bond Bill. The TIP is a four-year listing of expected priority transportation projects based upon available funding. Project delays and deletions are anticipated to address anticipated funding shortfalls. In addition, a public workshop, about the changes, will be held on Wednesday, August 24, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Newark Free Library.

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MDFundingGovernor Larry Hogan Announces $1.97 Billion in Transportation Funding
According to an MDOT release, "Following through on his campaign pledge to provide funding for highways and state-owned local roads, Governor Larry Hogan announced $1.97 billion for highways and bridges from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore. The priority projects, which will get underway by 2018, include $1.35 billion in new projects going to construction and $625 million in preserved projects. The $1.35 billion in new projects includes $845 million for major projects and $500 million to fix bridges and improve roads."  For more details, please visit

CycleTrackCity of Newark Invites the Public to Test Ride a Concept Cycle Track

Volunteers are needed. Be part of Delaware cycling history on July 14 as the City of Newark mocks up and tests a concept for a Cycle Track, a two-way bicycle facility, on Delaware Avenue. If built, this will be the first facility of its kind in Delaware, a recommendation from the Newark Transportation Plan and Newark Bicycle Plan. The test will provide feedback for the Delaware Cycle Track Feasibility Study currently underway by DelDOT and the City of Newark. According to the City of Newark, if you can spare an hour (or some portion of an hour) on Tuesday, July 14, between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., it'd be really, really helpful. What's required? Not much, just come down and ride your bike, then let the City know your thoughts about the cycle track as it's mocked up.


Local News 


AmtrakHearing on the Amtrak Crash in Philadelphia

According to the Transportation Research Board (TRB), "On June 2, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held a hearing to examine federal oversight issues related to the Amtrak accident in Philadelphia in May. A webcast of the hearing and witness statements are available online." For more information, please visit

FrontierFrontier Airlines officially departs from Delaware
According the News Journal article, "
Frontier Airlines quietly pulled the plug on commercial airline service out of New Castle Airport this week - almost two years to the day after its first flight out of Delaware. There were no flights to cancel because the Denver-based airline stopped providing service out of New Castle Airport in April, when it suspended its last two remaining routes - cuts the company initially described as 'seasonal.' The suspension of those routes followed earlier service cuts and repeated changes in the airline's offering of destinations, some of which left travelers holding tickets for flights that no longer existed."  To view the source article, please visit

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National News
HTFHighway Trust Fund Shortfall Approaches Again

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Fast Lane Blog, "With a shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund approaching, cash management steps are not far away.  Because the HTF supports critical roadwork by State DOTs, these cash management procedures will slow improvements and basic repairs on roads across the U.S. To keep Americans informed, U.S. DOT has posted the projected cash flows for the HTF's Highway Account."

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FedsFeds Warn of Highway Funding Cutoff

According to The Hill, "The Obama administration is warning state transportation departments that it will have to stop authorizing payments for construction projects on July 31 unless Congress reaches a deal to extend federal infrastructure funding. The current transportation funding measure is scheduled to expire on that date, and lawmakers are struggling to come up with a way to pay for an extension. The Department of Transportation said Friday its Highway Trust Fund will dip below $4 billion, which is the level that triggers 'cash management procedures,' on the day of the looming infrastructure deadline."  For more information, please visit

WideLanesWider Lanes Make Streets more Dangerous
According to the Streets Blog USA, "A new study (Narrower Lanes, Safer Streets) reinforces the argument that cities need to reconsider lane widths and redesign streets accordingly. In a paper to be presented at the Canadian Institute of Traffic Engineers annual conference, author Dewan Masud Karim presents hard evidence that wider lanes increase risk on city streets. Looking at the crash databases, Karim found that collision rates escalate as lane widths exceed about 10.5 feet. Roads with the widest lanes 12 feet or wider were associated with greater crash rates and higher impact speeds. Karim also found that crash rates rise as lanes become narrower than about 10 feet, though this does not take impact speeds and crash severity into account. He concluded that there is a sweet spot for lane widths on city streets, between about 10 and 10.5 feet." For more information, please visit


TRBWeather, Traffic Accidents, and Climate Change

According to the Transportation Research Board (TRB), "Resources for the Future has released a report that documents the relationship of temperature, rainfall, and snowfall with traffic accidents and travel demand by using travel demand data and information from police-reported accidents."  For more information, please visit

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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
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