Transportation
 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

August 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. 
 
Nonmotorized Transportation Working Group
August 5, 3 p.m.

Data and Demographics Subcommittee
August 11, 10 a.m.
August 14, 10 a.m.

Congestion Management Subcommittee
August 14, 1 p.m.

Public Advisory Committee
August 18, 7 p.m.

Technical Advisory Committee
August 21, 10 a.m.

Other Events

Join us for WILMAPCO's 2014 Our Town Event
September 3, 4 to 7 p.m., Embassy Suites Hotel, Newark 

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

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WILMAPCO News 
 
OurTownWILMAPCO's 2014 Our Town Forum
Join WILMAPCO at the Embassy Suites Hotel (654 S. College Ave.) in Newark, Delaware on Wednesday, September 3 from 4 to 7 p.m., for our biannual Our Town forum. 

This year's Our Town will focus on Transportation Funding and the shortfalls in the region and nation. Due to funding shortfalls in recent years, many projects have been delayed, placed on hold, or have lost funding altogether. But what can be done about it? National and local experts, and elected officials will discuss what can be done to adequately fund our transportation system now and in the future.

Our Town will also highlight 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) will also be 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.  Both documents will be available for public review and comment during Our Town.

There is no cost to attend and light refreshments will be provided, but registration is required.  For more information or to register, please visit www.wilmapco.org/ourtown.

TIPPublic Comment Sought on Proposed Transportation Projects

WILMAPCO has released proposed amendments to the region's Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for public comment through September 10. This proposal will revise the currently approved TIP based on available Delaware funding from the FY 2015 Delaware Bond Bill and the state's priorities for spending. The proposal has a six percent decrease in funds compared to the previous TIP. Due to the decrease in funds and Delaware's priorities, many projects will have all or most of their funding removed. These projects include:

  • City of New Castle Intersections: Realigns intersections to reduce traffic cutting through historic New Castle and increases pedestrian access across Route 9.
  • Churchmans Crossing Fairplay Station Parking: Expands train station parking.
  • Possum Park Road at Old Possum Park Intersections: Includes constructing separate left-turn lanes along Possum Park Road at St. Regis Drive and at the relocated Old Possum Park Road.
  • SR 9 between 3rd Street and Heald Street: Reconstruction and multimodal improvements.
  • Tyler McConnell Bridge: Reconstruct the bridge with four lanes to eliminate a pinch point in the SR 141 corridor.
  • US 13 between Duck Creek and SR 1: Improvements are drawn from the Town of Smyrna's land use and transportation master plan.
  • Wilmington improvements on 4th and Walnut Streets: Resurfacing, traffic flow upgrades, streetscaping, and pedestrian improvements.
  • Wilmington Transit Hub: New facility to alleviate Rodney Square crowding, provide bus layover facilities, and facilitate passenger transfers.

Construction funding will be removed from other projects, including:  

  • SR 4 between Elkton Road and South College Avenue
  • New Christina River Bridge connecting US 13 to the Wilmington Riverfront
  • SR 72 widening including bike lanes and sidewalks between McCoy Road and SR 71
  • I-295 westbound from US 13 to I-95 rehabilitation in partnership with Delaware River and Bay Authority
  • SR 1 widening and resurfacing from Roth Bridge to SR 273
  • Southern New Castle County local road improvements on Cedar Lane Road and Jamison Corner Road with drainage improvements, intersection upgrades, and pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
  • Train station improvements at Claymont and Newark SEPTA stations.

You can review and comment on the TIP online at www.wilmapco.org/tip or at WILMAPCO offices, 850 Library Avenue, Newark, DE during business hours. Comments also may be submitted in writing to Wilmington Area Planning Council, 850 Library Avenue, Suite 100, Newark, DE 19711, by fax to 302-737-9584, or by e-mail to wilmapco@wilmapco.org. Print versions of the documents are available at WILMAPCO's office or can be mailed upon request.  

 

Freight4th Annual Delmarva Freight Summit
The Delmarva Freight Summit is a half day forum held on Wednesday, August 6th at the Dover Downs. It Is an annual event which brings together both public and private sector freight professionals to focus on the needs and interests of freight movement across the Delmarva Peninsula. The summit is free, but you must pre-register. To register, please go to  https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=cjpfuwcab&oeidk=a07e9gg3ar275f5bc40&oseq=.

 

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Rt65Cecil County to Take Over Newark to Elkton Bus Route

According to the Newark Post, "Delaware Transit Corporation, the parent company of DART First State, ran its last loops of the Route 65 bus between Newark and Elkton. Cecil County Department of Senior Services & Community Transit and DART have an agreed upon memorandum of understanding to take over the route. The agency is aiming to begin service in the first or second week of August."  To view the source article, please visit http://www.newarkpostonline.com/news/article_77206d31-b9b7-53da-8a69-165b11908d43.html.


TollsDelaware Route 1 Toll Increases Effective Aug. 1st
According to a DelDOT press release, "Tolls will increase on Route 1 for weekend traffic effective August 1, 2014, at 7 p.m. The increase will be $1 above the current weekend toll rates for all vehicle classes, except oversize loads. Route 1 ramp tolls in Smyrna and Dover will not change and all E-ZPass frequent user discounts will remain in effect. The new revenue will be used to fund paving and other transportation projects statewide. The added revenue will be supplemented with an additional $20 million in borrowing in fiscal year 2015."  To view the release, please visit www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5214.

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Local News 

 

TAPDelaware Featured in Transportation Alternative Program Case Studies

According to a May 23rd Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) article, "FHWA commissioned five case studies (including Delaware) on early implementation of the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). The TAP program was established by Congress in 2012 to provide funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation, community improvement activities, and safe routes to school projects.These case studies provide a variety of examples of how States and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) have set up their TAP competitive processes." To view the case studies, please visit

 

SustainableawardMaryland Sustainable Growth Awards

According to an email, "The Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission has announced its call for applications for its 2015 awards program celebrating exemplary efforts in smart growth. The awards go to people and projects who demonstrate a commitment to achieving results that advance sustainable growth and preservation." The application deadline for a Sustainable Growth Award is September 19.  For more information, please visit 

http://planning.maryland.gov/YourPart/773/MSGC_Awards2014.shtml and http://planning.maryland.gov/YourPart/773/SGChallenge.shtml.
  

 

NTAQSNorthern Transportation & Air Quality Summit

According to fhwa.gov, "The Northern Transportation & Air Quality Summit will be held on August 19 and 20, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Summit will bring together stakeholder from the transportation and air quality communities to discuss the current and upcoming regulatory environment, new technologies, and current practices. The content is geared toward practitioners in the northern and Mid-Atlantic States involved with public agencies at all levels." For more information, please visit 

www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/air_quality/conformity/highlights/high0614.cfm.   

 

HousingHousing Search Resource Available 

According to an email from Mary Ellen Gray of the Kent County Division of Planning, "www.DelawareHousingSearch.org is a collaboration of agencies that operates a website and call center designed to connect people with available housing throughout the state. The purpose of the site and supporting toll-free multi-lingual call center is to better connect people who need specific features, due to a disability, with the units that have those  features, and to make sure language is not a barrier for people looking for housing."  For more information, visit www.DelawareHousingSeach.org

  

GreenwaysDelaware Commits $6.3 Million to Greenways and Trails

According to a Delaware Greenways e-News, "In a very early vote on July 1, both the Delaware House and Senate voted unanimously to approve an FY15 capital budget bill (HB425) for the state of Delaware that includes a new and substantial $6.3 million commitment to greenways and trails. The $6.3 million includes $2.7 million for 'Statewide Trails and Pathways' for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and $3.6 million for 'Bike and Pedestrian Improvements' for DelDOT."  To view the source article, please visit http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com.  

 

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National News
 

TransLegNational Transportation Bill Update

According to an Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) e-news article, "The House passed HR 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014. HR 5021 extends through May 31, 2015, expenditure authority for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and MAP-21 programs. The bill provides almost $11 billion dollars to pay for the extension. The Senate has several legislative options, now that the House has passed an extension. It could pass the House bill and send it to the President, or the Senate could take up the House bill and strike the language, and replace it with some version of a Senate bill and send it back to the House. Given the strong vote in the House for HR 5021, there will be great pressure on the Senate to send the House bill to the President. To view the source article, please visit www.ampo.org/category/news-events.     

 

AmtrakAmtrak Welcomes Bike Passengers

According to a June 24th Pittsburgh Post Gazette article, "Amtrak said it will begin to introduce new baggage cars equipped with bicycle racks on all of its long-distance trains by the end of the year. The railroad has ordered 55 new baggage cars with bike racks, and the cars will be placed on all 15 long-distance routes. Amtrak offers roll-on service on a few routes, but for most routes, those who want to travel with bicycles on must box them as checked baggage. They can't get off the train anywhere but Pittsburgh and Washington, because the other stations on the way aren't staffed with baggage handlers." To view the source article, please visit www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2014/06/25/Amtrak-to-welcome-bicycling-passengers-by-end-of-the-year/stories/201406250033.   

 

GoogleMapsGoogle Maps for Mobile Helps Bikers Avoid Steep Hills

According to engadget.com, "Google's latest update to Maps on mobile wants to help make biking a little easier. New features for two-wheeled transportation include routes based on elevation so you can avoid any strenuous climbs. A handful of voice commands have also been added for checking what traffic is like ahead of you, estimated arrival time and next-turn reminders, among others."  To download Google Map for mobile, please visit https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.maps.   

 

BikeShareInternational Review of Bike Share's Impact on Car Use

According to a June 26th Institute for Sensible Transport article, "The world's first international review of bike share's impact on car use has been published in Transportation Research Part D: Transport & Environment. Bike share's impact on car use: evidence from the United States, Great Britain, and Australia details how bike share programs in Washington, D.C, Minneapolis/St. Paul, London, Melbourne and Brisbane with some surprising findings."  To view the review, please visit http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=d82befa38f2c7df058e218b84&id=54db99f55f&e=3dae89a5d.

 

TrailModelTrail Modeling and Assessment Platform

According to a Rails to Trails Conservancy (RTC) article, "The Trail Modeling and Assessment Platform (T-MAP) is a recently launched, $1.2 million, three-year initiative to create the next generation of urban trail planning tools. The core of the platform is a suite of general analytical models that can be used independently for a specific purpose, or in concert, depending on a community's needs and goals. For more information, please visit www.railstotrails.org.

 

FHWAFHWA Health in Transportation Webpage

According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) website, "This webpage is designed to be a comprehensive resource on the linkages between transportation and health. Linking health and transportation brings together transportation professionals and health practitioners in a collaborative process to improve transportation decisions." For more information, please visit www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/air_quality/conformity/highlights/high0614.cfm.   

 

ObesityLack of Exercise, Not Diet, Linked to Rise in Obesity

According to a July 7th Stanford Medicine News article, "Inactivity rather than overeating could be driving the surge in Americans' obesity, according to a study by a team of Stanford University School of Medicine researchers. (Obesity, Abdominal Obesity, Physical Activity, and Caloric Intake in U.S. Adults: 1988-2010). Examining national health survey results from 1988 through 2010, the researchers found huge increases in both obesity and inactivity, but not in the overall number of calories consumed." For more information, please visit http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2014/07/lack-of-exercise--not-diet--linked-to-rise-in-obesity--stanford-.html.

 

WarmingGlobal Warming Interactive Tool 

According to Climate Central, "If Americans think record-breaking summer heat in recent years has been brutal, just wait several decades. That's the message of a new project from Climate Central, a nonprofit climate news and research organization based in New Jersey. The scientists' findings are summed up in the report, '1,001 Blistering Future Summers', which includes an interactive tool that allows users to look up projected June through August temperatures in their communities by century's end."  For more information, please visit http://assets.climatecentral.org/pdfs/ShiftingCitiesAnalysis.pdf.   

 

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 www.wilmapco.org.
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