Transportation news and events from the
Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO). 
July 2021
WILMAPCO's office will be closed on July 5 for the Independence Day Holiday.
Share your ideas for improving the Churchman's Crossing area
WILMAPCO, DelDOT, and New Castle County Department of Land Use held a Virtual Public Workshop to help plan for the future of the Churchman's Crossing area on June 23, 2021. During the workshop, the project team presented an analysis of initial project recommendations. A recording of the workshop is now available on the project website, along with the project evaluation matrix. You are invited to continue the conversation by sharing your ideas via an online comment form:

Comments are requested by Friday, July 16.
City of New Castle Transportation Plan Info Booth
Share your ideas and stay for the music! Join us in the City of New Castle on July 28 (raindate August 4) between 6 – 8 p.m. at Battery Park near Delaware Street. We will be sharing information about the City of New Castle Transportation Plan and seeking community feedback. In addition, New Castle’s summer concert series will be going on. Learn more about the concert series at Learn more about the Transportation Plan at
Route 9 Paths Plan
Building on the walking and biking recommendations of the Route 9 Corridor Master Plan, the Route 9 Paths Plan proposes a network of walking and biking paths for the Route 9 corridor, between the City of Wilmington and the City of New Castle. The plan’s recommendations were developed after a year of data analysis and public outreach. The majority of the path network could be implemented within 10 years, including short-term recommendations that could make an immediate impact to better connect neighborhoods, improve safety and public health, and increase access to opportunities.
WILMAPCO's Quarterly Printed Newsletter is Going Digital
WILMAPCO's quarterly printed newsletter, Transporter, is going digital. The Transporter provides details on WILMAPCO's most recent plans, studies, and events. To view previous newsletters or subscribe, please visit

A printed copy of the newsletter will still be mailed to those requesting it. To request a printed newsletter, please email Dawn Voss at
Local News
Studies show improving air quality in Claymont and elevated dust along Route 9
As reported by Delaware Public Media, "Results are in for two multi-year air quality studies examining complaints from Delaware residents in industrial areas. Residents of the Eden Park neighborhood near the Port of Wilmington live among industry. The state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) says it found several measures of air quality in the neighborhood to be below state and federal health standards—except for dust. Officials say the elevated dust in the neighborhood comes from soil, concrete, and vehicle breaks and tires. The second study, in Claymont, investigated citizen concerns about volatile organic compounds at the industrial border with Marcus Hook, PA. DNREC found levels of these chemicals, which can cause a number of health problems, were low and similar to those at a monitoring station in the City of Wilmington."
NCC@2050 Summer Forum
New Castle County Department of Land Use invites you to join the NCC@2050 Summer Forum! Held on the evening of July 15, this event will help the County prioritize areas of growth, community services, infrastructure, economic development, housing, natural resources, cultural resources, and many other essential elements as New Castle County’s Comprehensive Plan is developed. 
What:        NCC@2050 Summer Forum
When:       July 15, 2021, 6pm – 8pm
Where:      Virtual/Online
Who:         You!
MDOT's Commuter Choice Maryland Partner Program
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Commuter Choice Maryland program (CCMD), which helps mitigate traffic congestion and promote alternative commuting options, has been working hard to expand its services. CCMD is excited to announce the new CCMD Partner Program and is seeking employers (e.g., state and local organizations, nonprofits, and private sector companies) across Maryland who may be interested in becoming partners.   
Delaware is dangerous for pedestrians and bicyclists
As reported in the Delaware News Journal, "Delaware has long been recognized as one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians, with more fatalities per capita than most others. The national average of bicycle deaths has hovered around 2.5 per 1 million people over the last 10 years, according to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In Delaware, however, 10 of the 15 years between 2005 and 2019 saw deaths at a rate higher than the national average. The Delaware bicycle deaths in 2019 were not in high-density urban areas like Wilmington, Newark, and Dover. They occurred along suburban roadways and on the always-dangerous Coastal Highway, where speed limits for vehicles are higher and bicyclists have less protection."
New Castle County Youth Planning Board
Are you a resident of New Castle County who wants to shape the future of your community? Apply for the New Castle County Youth Planning Board, a new program for young people who care about civic engagement, policy, land use and its many interrelated issues such as transportation, the environment, housing and more. While serving on the board you will work with the Department of Land Use to help create the blueprint for NCC2050: The Comprehensive Development Plan. The program will take place from September 2021 to May 2022. Open to individuals ages 14-22.
National News
Despite pandemic, carbon dioxide level in atmosphere hits record high
As reported by the Washington Post. "Scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have said the steady accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached the highest levels since accurate measurements began 63 years ago, despite the pandemic. The new figures serve as a sober reminder that even as President Biden and other world leaders make unprecedented promises about curtailing greenhouse gas emissions, turning the tide of climate change will take even more massive efforts over a much longer period of time."
You are invited to participate in the transportation planning process, regardless of your race, color, national origin (including limited English proficiency), religion, creed, gender, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran’s status, or background. To request special accommodations, or if you need this information in another language, please contact WILMAPCO at (302) 737-6205 or​