News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

November 2014 

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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. 
November 10, 10 a.m. 

Air Quality Subcommittee
November 13, 10 a.m. 
November 13,  1 p.m.

November 13, 6:30 p.m.

Technical Advisory Committee
November 20, 10 a.m.

Other Events

WILMAPCO will be closed on November 11 for Veteran's Day and November 27 and 28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. 

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

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RTP2040 Regional Transportation Plan

What do we want our transportation system to look like in 25 years? That is the question at the heart of the update to the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), set for Council approval this January. The RTP answers this question after considering successes and failures, feedback from agencies, governments and the general public, and existing and pending federal requirements. WILMAPCO will be soliciting your feedback on the draft 2040 RTP.  WILMAPCO staff are making dozens of presentations at local government and civic meetings this fall and a formal public comment period is expected to be held from November 17 through January 5, 2015. To learn more, please visit


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DARTDART "Stuff The Bus"Food Drive

According to a Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) October 22 release "DART has announced that it will hold the 17th annual 'Stuff The Bus' Thanksgiving Food Drive throughout the State starting on November 10 and ending on November 14. The public is invited to help 'Stuff The Bus' by donating nonperishable food items such as canned goods, boxed cereal, and household products such as paper products, laundry detergents, and side dishes. The Food Bank of Delaware, located in Newark, will distribute the donated food via its more than 550 hunger-relief partners in Delaware. 'Stuff The Bus' will be collecting food in New Castle County at the following locations and times:

  • Wednesday, November 12, Acme, Fairfax Shopping Center, US 202 in Wilmington, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 13, Rodney Square (Market Street side) in Wilmington, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday, November 14, Rodney Square (Market Street side) in Wilmington, 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
DART also encourages the public to donate directly to the Food Bank of Delaware if they are unable to visit any of the "Stuff The Bus" collection sites.  For more information on donating food, contact the Food Bank at 302-292-1305, or visit their website at


Local News 


NECNEC Future Public Meeting

According to, "NEC FUTURE is a comprehensive planning effort to define, evaluate and prioritize future investments in the Northeast Corridor (NEC), launched by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in February 2012. FRA's work will include new ideas and approaches to grow the region's intercity, commuter and freight rail services and an environmental evaluation of proposed transportation alternatives.  


The FRA is hosting public open house meetings to introduce the alternatives that will be evaluated in the Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). All are welcome to attend and arrive at any time during the meeting. The open house will consist of displays outlining the NEC FUTURE program, the Tier 1 EIS Alternatives, and the next steps in the environmental review process."  The Delaware public meeting will be held on November 20, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Delaware Technical Community College.  To learn more, please visit

NPSGNew Partners for Smart Growth Conference 
According to the New Partners for Smart Growth website, "The theme for New Partners 2015 is "Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities," underscoring this year's stronger emphasis on implementation. The program will feature tools, strategies, focused training and new technologies that will help communities."  The conference is being held in Baltimore, Maryland on January 29 - 31st. For more information, please visit
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ObamaPresident Obama Announces New Climate Resilience Measures
According to a White House release, "President Obama announced a new set of tools to harness the unique scientific and technological capabilities of the United States to help vulnerable populations around the world strengthen their climate resilience. The President also announced a new Executive Order requiring Federal agencies to factor climate resilience into the design of their international development programs and investments."  For more information, please visit

CarbonGlobal Carbon Project Estimates Record CO2 Emissions in 2014
According to a Global Carbon Project release, "An annual report from the Global Carbon Project predicts that global CO2 emissions will top 44 billion tons, a new record, in 2014. The Global Carbon Project, comprised of an international group of scientists who monitor the global carbon cycle. This year's analysis found that current emissions are on track to cause global temperature increases between 3.2 and 5.4 degrees Celsius by 2100, and that 'large and sustained' carbon emissions mitigation measures will be required to hold the temperature increase to below 2 degrees Celsius." For more information, please visit

SRTSWalk to School Month 

According to an October 6th National Center for Safe Routes to School release, "On Wednesday, October 8, thousands of students, parents and communities representing more than 4,300 schools across the United States will walk and bicycle to school to celebrate International Walk to School Day. This one-day event in the U.S. is part of an international effort in more than 40 countries to celebrate the many benefits of safely walking and bicycling to school and to encourage more families to consider getting out of the car and onto their feet on the way to school in October." For more information, please visit


PedFriendlyOne Easy Thing Any City Can Do To be More Pedestrian Friendly 

According to an October 7th Wired article, "There are many ways cities can make their public spaces safer and more inviting for pedestrians. But there is one easy, cost-effective, and quick thing just about any city can do to make itself more pedestrian-friendly: Use building and landscape details to make people feel welcome and comfortable. The idea comes from a report by the non-profit SPUR (originally called the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association), which laid out seven ways to make any city more pedestrian-friendly. Most of the ideas required big changes to existing infrastructure, but this one is simple."  To learn more, please visit


About Us
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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