Transportation news and events from the
Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO). 
November 2020
WILMAPCO News
Share your thoughts on the draft Concord Pike Corridor Master Plan
WILMAPCO is nearing the end of a two year planning process for the Concord Pike Corridor stretching from the City of Wilmington to the Pennsylvania state line. You are invited to review and share your thoughts on the draft Concord Pike Corridor Master Plan. Comments will be accepted through November 5, 2020. The draft report and an interactive map of project recommendations is available on the project webpage at www.wilmapco.org/202.
Route 9 Paths Plan Survey
WILMAPCO invites residents and business owners of the Route 9 area to take a brief survey in English or Spanish about improving walking and biking in the corridor. Responses will help better plan for the network of neighborhood pathways described in the Route 9 Paths Plan. Survey respondents will have the chance to win a $25 Visa gift card.

Realice la "Encuesta del Plan de Vías en la Ruta 9" para tener la Oportunidad de Ganar $25
WILMAPCO invita a los residentes y dueños de negocios del área de la Ruta 9 a realizar una encuesta sobre cómo mejorar las vias peatonales y rutas para montar bicleta alrededor del Corredor de la Ruta 9. Las respuestas ayudarán a planificar mejor el sistema de caminos vecinales descritos en el Plan Maestro para el Corredor de la Ruta 9. Estas vías peatonales y rutas para montar bicicleta conectarán mejor a las comunidades con escuelas, parques, tiendas y otros destinos. Realice esta breve encuesta para tener la oportunidad de ganar una tarjeta de regalo Visa de $25 en: www.wilmapco.org/route9pathsplan/#es.
Local News
NCC@2050 Let's Talk! Workshop Series
As part of the NCC@2050 Comprehensive Plan, this is the fourth in a series of virtual workshops to be held on November 18 from 6-8pm to discuss a diverse array of topics, including: sea level rise and climate action planning, environmental justice and equity, land preservation, water quality and pollution, and sustainability. Visit NCC2050.newcastlede.gov to learn more about future workshops and the comprehensive plan.
NCC@2050 Fall Forum
Whether you love New Castle County just as it is, or feel things need to change, sharing your voice during the NCC@2050 comprehensive planning process is one of the most important ways to influence the future of the county. The Fall Forum on November 18 at 6pm will focus on getting your ideas for the future. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about the process and progress of the county's comprehensive plan update.
DART Improves Weekend Bus Service in New Castle County
For many years, DART riders have asked DART to expand the service on Saturdays and Sundays. The following weekend service improvements have been implemented:

  • Routes 2, 6 and 13 - earlier Saturday morning service
  • Routes 2, 4, 5, 6, 13, 15, 33 and 40 - later Saturday service
  • Routes 2, 4, 5, 6, 13, 15, 33 and 40 - earlier Sunday morning service

To learn more, please visit https://dartfirststate.com.
DART's Annual "Stuff The Bus" Thanksgiving Food Drive
DART Launches 23rd Annual "Stuff The Bus" Thanksgiving Food Drive, November 9 to 14 to help Delawareans in need. "Stuff The Bus" will be collecting food at seven sites throughout the State. The site locations, collection dates, and times for NCC are:

  • Wednesday, November 11: ShopRite of First State Plaza, 1600 W. Newport Pike, Stanton, 9 AM - 4 PM
  • Thursday, November 12: Rodney Square, Market Street side, Wilmington, 7 AM - 5 PM
  • Friday, November 13: ShopRite of Brandywine Commons, 1300 Rocky Run Parkway, Wilmington, 9 AM - 4 PM
  • Saturday, November 14: ShopRite of Four Seasons, 700 Plaza Dr., Newark, 9 AM - 4 PM

DART also encourages the public to donate directly to the Food Bank of Delaware. For more information on donating food, contact the Food Bank at 302-292-1305, or visit www.FBD.org.
Sea level rise, increased flooding threaten historic resources
As reported in Delaware Public Media, "Sea levels are rising in the Delaware Bay faster than in other places. Experts are sounding the alarm about the threat to historic resources. Coastal flooding will intensify as sea levels continue to rise and storms become more frequent and powerful. This presents a problem for those documenting the past, as much of Delaware’s human history is clustered around its coast and waterways."
Final phase underway for Route 141 reconstruction
As reported by WDEL, "The sixth and final phase in the nearly 90-million dollar reconstruction of the Route 141 interchange has begun. Traffic will be shifted to newly constructed bridges over I-95 southbound in preparation for the demolition of the older segments which will then be replaced. The final piece of the Route 141 puzzle is scheduled to be completed in spring of 2021. This next phase of Route 141 work will necessitate the closure of the off ramp to northbound Route 141 from southbound I-295 until early December. A traffic light at the ramp merge from southbound I-95 to southbound Route 141 will remain in place for the next segment of construction."
Planning 101 – Earn Your Citizen Planner Certificate Today!
Earn your Citizen Planner Certificate by completing Planning 101. Planning 101 is a series of free online courses developed by New Castle County in partnership with the University of Delaware that discusses why planning matters and helps to explain the planning process. After completing the online courses, participants will receive a Citizen Planner Certificate. To learn more about Planning 101 please visit NCC2050.newcastlede.gov.
 
National News
Driving Down Emissions
Driving Down Emissions, a new report released by Transportation for America and Smart Growth America, explores how our land-use and transportation decisions are connected, and unpacks five strategies that can make a dent in the growth of emissions while building a more just and equitable society.
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​ dvoss@wilmapco.org.