Transportation news and events from the
Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO). 
September 2021
Check out the Summer 2021 edition of WILMAPCO's quarterly Transporter Newsletter.
DelDOT Virtual Public Workshop
Save the date for a DelDOT Virtual Public Workshop on Wednesday, September 15 from 4-6pm. This online event will feature DelDOT’s Draft Capital Transportation Program (CTP). The CTP provides information on various capital and maintenance projects, and estimated costs.

During the meeting, you’ll have the opportunity to review project display boards, discuss projects with DelDOT and WILMAPCO, and submit public comments. Login details will be coming soon!
City of New Castle Transportation Plan - Virtual Public Workshop
WILMAPCO, the City of New Castle and DelDOT invite your feedback during the second Virtual Public Workshop for the City of New Castle Transportation Plan being held on Monday, September 13 at 7 p.m. 
During this online event, you will have the opportunity to help shape potential recommendations for walking, bicycling, parking, driving, flooding, and freight that were developed, based on community feedback, during the first Public Workshop held this past February. Ideas will also be presented during an October, in-person event, with details to be announced soon. Please email Heather Dunigan with any questions at
Middletown Walkable Community Workshop
Middletown Main Street and WILMAPCO invite you to an important event to help make downtown Middletown a safer, more attractive and pedestrian friendly place. The Middletown Walkable Community Workshop will be held Wednesday, September 29 from 4 to 7 p.m., at Middletown Main Street, 216 N. Broad Street, Middletown.
A Walkable Community Workshop is an interactive community workshop designed to bring together key stakeholders such as citizens, land owners, elected officials, and professionals to focus on issues related to walkability. This is part of an effort to make our community more pedestrian friendly. To learn more visit or contact Monique Chadband via email at or at (302) 650-8010.
Local News
Maryland Department of Transportation Tour
Annually, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) meets with each County in the State of Maryland, along with Baltimore City, to share the Draft Consolidated Transportation Program between September 15th and November 15th. The meeting in Cecil County is scheduled for Friday, September 24, 10 a.m., at the County Administration Building, Elk Room, 200 Chesapeake Boulevard, Elkton, MD 21921. The MDOT Office of the Secretary and representatives from MDOT's business units will meet with Cecil County officials to discuss transportation investments. The meeting provides an opportunity for the public to learn about Cecil County's transportation priorities and upcoming MDOT projects.
DART Bus Service Changes
Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) has announced DART bus service changes will become effective on Sunday, September 12, 2021. According to a DART First State release, "After receiving customer feedback at Community Conversations and virtual Public Hearing Workshop, DART listened to its customers and the public, and as a result, a change was made to the original proposal.

  • Original proposed Route 40 weekday service frequencies would operate every 25 minutes.
  • New Route 40 weekday service frequencies will be increased to operate every 25 minutes. Based on customer requests and comments received from the community, Route 40 will no longer operate "Limited" service from the US13/40 Split to/from Wilmington, it will operate as 'local' service, serving all existing bus stops along the US 13 Corridor to/from Wilmington."
UD IPA Training Opportunities
The University of Delaware Institute of Public Administration (IPA) is holding several training opportunities in September, including: Understanding Bias Factors in Personnel Decisions on Septmeber 9, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) training on September 24, and an electric vehicle training for local governments on September 29 (information to be posted soon). Click below to register and learn more.
Electric school buses coming to Delaware
As reported by Delaware Public Media, "Elected officials and clean air advocates praised the $2.5 billion earmarked for new zero-emission buses and $2.5 billion for low-emission buses. Electric buses and other vehicles are also key to limiting climate change. Transportation contributes nearly a third of Delaware’s carbon emissions. President Biden recently announced a goal to make half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 zero-emissions vehicles
Delaware Commute Solutions
A clean commute is a trip that takes a single occupied vehicle trip off the road. As long as you aren’t driving by yourself in a car you qualify to earn free rewards from Delaware Commute Solutions (formerly RideShare Delaware). When you join Delaware Commute Solutions, you earn free member benefits and rewards for recording your clean commute trips, including:

  • Rewards, discounts, and monthly drawings when you record your commute
  • Carpool matching
  • Guaranteed Ride Home in the case of an unexpected event
  • Personal commute tips and advice
  • Special promotions and social media contests
National News
Biden Sets U.S. Goal for Clean Cars to Be Half of 2030 Sales
The White House has announced, " The President has signed an Executive Order that sets an ambitious new target to make half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 zero-emissions vehicles, including battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric, or fuel cell electric vehicles. The Executive Order also kicks off development of long-term fuel efficiency and emissions standards to save consumers money, cut pollution, boost public health, advance environmental justice, and tackle the climate crisis.
Sustainable Transit for a Healthy Planet Challenge
In light of the Biden-Harris Administration goals of achieving a 50% reduction in net greehouse gas emission by 2050, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has launched the Sustainable Transit for a Healthy Planet Challenge. The challenge encourages transit agencies to develop climate action strategies with measurable goals to curb GHG emissions, supporting the Administration’s goal. On Earth Day 2022, FTA will showcase the impact of the challenge and transit agency success stories toward reducing their GHG emissions.
Greenhouse Gas Levels Are The Highest Ever Seen Going Back 800,000 Years
As published by NPR, "Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that the concentration of carbon dioxide, one of the primary greenhouse gases, hit 412.5 parts per million in 2020. That's 2.5 parts per million higher than in 2019, and it's now the highest ever observed. Human emissions of greenhouse gases, primarily from burning fossil fuels, are the cause of global warming. Scientists have said emissions must fall dramatically this decade to avoid catastrophic warming."
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