News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

July 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. 
Air Quality Subcommittee
July 10, 10 a.m.

Congestion Management Subcommittee
July 10, 1 p.m.

July 10, 6:30 p.m.

Data and Demographics Subcommittee
July 14, 10 a.m.

Joint Technical Advisory Committee and Air Quality Subcommittee
July 17, 10 a.m.
Lums Pond State Park

WILMAPCO Summer Picnic
July 17, 12 p.m.
Lums Pond State Park

Other Events
WILMAPCO will be closed on July 4 for Independence Day.

Save the Date for WILMAPCO's 2014 Our Town Event
September 3, 4-7p.m.
Embassy Suites Hotel, Newark

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In this issue...
OurTownWILMAPCO's 2014 Our Town Event

Join WILMAPCO at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Newark on Wednesday, September 3 from 4-7 p.m., for our biannual Our Town event. This year's Our Town will highlight and offer the opportunity for public comment on the Update to the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The RTP sets the transportation goals for the region; examines forecasted trends such as population, employment, housing and travel; identifies the transportation challenges that these trends pose; and proposes transportation investments to mitigate these challenges. The RTP also serves as the transportation section of the New Castle County Comprehensive Plan.


Information about draft amendments to the FY 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) will also be available for review and comment. The TIP is the regional list of priority transportation projects.


There is no cost to attend Our Town and light refreshments will be provided, but registration is required. To register for Our Town, please visit

WTMFWilmington Transit Moving Forward

The Wilmington Transit Moving Forward project is taking another look at the transit operations in and around Downtown Wilmington. WILMAPCO and the project consultant team have been working extensively with Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC), the City of Wilmington and other stakeholders to study the existing transit system and develop improvements that will benefit bus riders and Downtown stakeholders while reducing bus congestion and maximizing DART resources. To learn more, please visit   


EVWILMAPCO Releases Electric Vehicle Data Report

WILMAPCO has released its latest data report. The report develops a methodology for identifying potential electric vehicle (EV) charging hotspots. The hotspots are defined as places where EV motorists may park for some duration and places that install one or more EV charging stations. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis we mapped charging hot spots using block level census data for New Castle County, Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland. To view a map of EV charging hotspots, please visit   


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CecilTransitSenior Services & Community Transit Community Focus Group
According to a Cecil County public notice, "The Cecil County Department of Senior Services and Community Transit will be hosting a community focus group on Wednesday, July 9 at the Elkton Senior Center on Chesapeake Boulevard from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30.p.m. The Department is seeking a diverse group of participants representing all geographical regions within Cecil County to assist in formulating goals and strategies to better serve the community. Participants will engage in a group discussion and provide information, feedback and suggestions on specific topic areas to include programming, transportation and marketing. There is no cost and dinner will be provided. Participation is limited to 36 individuals. Please RSVP to Suzanne Kalmbacher at 410-996-8434 or email"  To view the public notice, please visit

CEONew Chief Executive Officer for Delaware Transit Corporation
According to the DART newsletter, Moving Forward, "In April, John Sisson was named the new Chief Executive Officer for Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC). Sisson has more than twenty years of experience in both the public and private sectors of transit and transportation. His career at DTC began in June 1993, in the former Railroad Administration section of the Delaware Transportation Authority, moving to serve as Contract Operations Coordinator, Facilities Engineer, Facilities Manager, and as DTC's Chief Performance Officer, before accepting the position of CEO."  For more information, please visit

Local News 


PedFacDesigning Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility Training

The Delaware T2/LTAP Center is offering a two-day training on designing pedestrian facilities for accessibility. According to the University of Delaware website, "this two-day course was developed by the Federal Highway Administration to provide a more in-depth understanding of the needs of those with various physical disabilities and the design elements necessary to meet those needs, particularly in relation to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)."  For more information, please visit   


WalkBikeFundsState Revenue Sources that Fund Bicycling and Walking Projects
According to CenterLines News, "Advocacy Advance has released a new resource focused on state revenue sources that can pay for biking and walking projects and programs. Biking and walking dollars aren't only available from the federal government. States can also have their own revenue sources that can be used to fund active transportation. Use this tool to find what revenue sources can pay for biking and walking projects in your state."  For more information, please visit

ClimateSeminarClimate Change Seminar
According to an
email to Mid-Atlantic Sustainability Network members,  "on Tuesday, July 8, Dr. Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University will visit EPA's Philadelphia office to discuss her research on the rapidly warming Arctic and its impacts on weather events in the mid-Atlantic."   


The session will be available via webinar (Adobe Connect). To view the seminar, please visit and enter the guest number 866-299-3188, and participant code 2158142172# .  For more information, contact Megan Goold at 


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National News

TransLegTransportation Funding Bill Stalled Over Amendment Fight

According to a Washington Newsline, "A dispute between Republicans and Democrats over several controversial amendments bogged down Senate action on a package of bills to fund, among other things, the federal transportation programs in FY 2015.  The measure would preserve current levels of highway investment, boost transit spending by $200 million and provide a $100 million increase for airport capital projects.  While the Senate had been working to complete action on the legislation, Republican efforts to offer amendments to stop Obama Administration regulations on climate change and wetlands led Democrats to suspend further action on the measure.  It is unclear if, or when, the two sides will be able to resolve their differences and allow the measure to move forward.  The House passed its version of the FY 2015 transportation funding bill June 12."  To view the source article, please visit


HTFHighway Trust Fund Ticker Projects Funding Gone by Late August

According to a May 16 AASHTO Journal article, "The U.S. Department of Transportation updated its online Highway Trust Fund (HTF) Ticker, showing the HTF is continuing its trend to be out of money by late August and drop below a $4 billion balance around July 25. The monthly numbers continue to show an HTF balance in the red before the end of the federal fiscal year."  To view the ticker, please visit

PollutionNew Evidence links Air Pollution to Autism and Schizophrenia

According to Science Daily, "
A new study describes how exposure to air pollution early in life produces harmful changes in the brains of mice, including an enlargement of part of the brain that is seen in humans who have autism and schizophrenia. The mice performed poorly in tests of short-term memory, learning ability, and impulsivity. Study authors say the findings are very suggestive that air pollution may play a role in autism, as well as in other neurodevelopmental disorders." For more information, please visit

FHWAFHWA Publishes Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Case Studies Online

According to a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) post, "FHWA added Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Case Studies to the TAP website. These case studies provide a variety of examples of how State DOTs and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) have set up their TAP competitive processes. Each case study covers: overall program descriptions, TAP implementation, challenges, lessons learned, critical factors for success and contact information."  Delaware is included among the case studies. For more information, please visit


FoodSurveyFood Systems Survey
Take a survey for the Growing Food Connections project. With funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, this five-year initiative will build the capacity of planners and policy makers to support community food systems. Project partners include APA, American Farmland Trust, Cultivating Healthy Places, Ohio State University and the University at Buffalo. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes. Your responses will provide important insight into the current state of food systems planning in the United States. To take the survey, please go to:

RacialBiasRacial Bias in Driver Yielding Behavior at Crosswalks

According to the abstract of a recently published study, Racial Bias in Driver Yielding Behavior at Crosswalks, "Racial minorities are disproportionately represented in pedestrian traffic fatalities, indicating a significant public health and safety issue."  To view the abstract, please visit
GasTaxSurvey Finds Half of Americans Support a Gas Tax Increase

According to Washington Newsline, "A recent survey by AAA has found that about half of Americans support an increase in the federal gas tax to improve the nation's transportation infrastructure. The omnibus survey of 2,013 adults also found that two-thirds (68 percent) believe the federal government should be investing more in roads, bridges and mass transit." For more information, 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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