Transportation news and events from the
Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO). 
October 2020
WILMAPCO News
Newport Transportation Plan Virtual Public Workshop
You are invited to share your ideas for improving transportation in and near the Town of Newport during a Virtual Public Workshop being held on Wednesday, September 30 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.
During the workshop, you'll have the opportunity to review and provide feedback on recommendations for projects to improve the safety, walkability, and transit-friendliness of the Town of Newport. Please click below to register to attend.
Concord Pike Corridor Master Plan Virtual Public Workshop
You are invited to participate in the final Public Workshop for the Concord Pike (US 202) Corridor Master Plan on Monday, October 5 from 6:30 to 8 pm. The draft plan provides a vision and recommendations that have been developed based on community feedback and technical analysis. Review the analysis, draft plan and its recommendations, and share your feedback during this online event. To learn more, visit www.wilmapco.org/202.
Take the “Route 9 Paths Plan Survey” for a Chance at $25
WILMAPCO invites residents of the Route 9 Corridor to take a survey and help improve walking and biking around Route 9 near Wilmington. Responses will help better plan for the network of neighborhood pathways described in the Route 9 Master Plan. These walking and biking paths will better link communities to schools, parks, shops and other destinations. Those taking the survey will have the option of being entered to win a $25 Visa gift card.
Governor Printz Boulevard Survey
You are invited to help plan for the future of the Governor Printz Corridor by taking a brief online survey. The survey is a follow up to the September 21 Public Workshop that presented possible roadway reconfiguration options aimed at improving the safety of all who walk, bike, drive or take public transit in the corridor. View the workshop presentation and participate in the survey through October 21st. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
Southern New Castle County Master Plan Draft Available For Review
In collaboration with the community, the NCC Department of Land Use, WILMAPCO, and DelDOT are working to establish a long-term vision for land use and transportation infrastructure in Southern New Castle County. The goal is to guide growth while at the same time taking proactive steps to preserve natural resources and agricultural land. After a series of public workshops held since 2018, and significant community input, the final draft of the master plan is now available for review. Comments will be accepted until October 12, 2020 and can be emailed to NCC2050@newcastlede.gov.  
Local News
NCC@2050 - Let's Talk Workshop Series
As part of New Castle County’s Comprehensive Plan effort, the New Castle County Department of Land Use will host a series of four virtual workshops to inform and discuss with our residents a diverse array of topics affecting the future of the county. 

October 7, 6 p.m.
Workshop #2: Our Homes & Neighborhoods: This workshop will focus on housing affordability, social determinants of health, and environmental justice issues. 

October 21, 6 p.m.
Workshop #3: Our Places & Spaces: This workshop will discuss design and placemaking.
Join DART for an Outdoor Community Conversation
Public transportation plays an essential role in the lives of Delawareans. It provides vital connections, bolsters the economy, improves the environment and helps to enhance our quality of life. Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) operates DART services in the First State. In efforts to continually improve services and provide an enhanced customer experience, DART would like to hear from you!
 
Topics of Conversation will include:

New Castle County October Community Conversations: 
  • Odessa Park & Ride - DE 1 at DE 299, Middletown - Tuesday, October 6: 6 AM-10:30 AM
  • Bellevue Community Center Pavilion - 510 Duncan Rd., Wilmington - Wednesday, October 14: 4 PM-6 PM
  • Boyd’s Corner Park & Ride - DE 1 at Pole Bridge Rd.,Odessa - Wednesday, October 21: 5:45 AM-9 AM
APA Delaware 2020 Fall Conference
"COVID-19 and the Real World” is the American Planning Association (APA) Delaware Chapter conference program emphasis this year. APA DE will hold two morning sessions. The first session (Thurs, Oct. 29) will highlight COVID-19 impacts and influences on the Health Care Sector, while Transportation based topics will be the focus of the second session (October 30). A virtual brownbag lunch will be held at noon each day following the programming.
Maryland Statewide Transit Plan
The Maryland Statewide Transit Plan (STP) is an initiative of the Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) and will provide guidance on the need for transit services and connectivity in Maryland. The STP will be a 50-year vision for transit, based on existing regional and local plans, proposed projects, and analysis of future activity centers, demographics, and transit needs. The STP will build upon the transit services that exist today and create a framework for coordinated transit service and customer experience.
 
MDOT MTA is developing the STP with input from a broad range of partners, including other state agencies, local and regional governments, public and private transit providers, business and non-governmental organizations, and the public. Please take part in an online survey which will be available through October 25th by visiting the project website:
Celebrate Maryland’s Official Exercise with Walktober!
The Maryland Department of Transportation, the Maryland Department of Planning, the Maryland Department of Health, MDOT State Highway Administration, Maryland Highway Safety Office, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, America Walks, and AARP are sharing a series of informational resources and free webinars for pedestrians throughout the month of October. The four webinars are tailored to interest pedestrian enthusiasts, advocates, planners, and residents. Throughout Walktober, learn how walking is an easy and accessible exercise, how to safely use pedestrian infrastructure, and how to incorporate walking in your daily routines within the provisions of social distancing and other restrictions.
Delmarva Central Railroad receives millions in federal grant to improve aging freight infrastructure
As reported by Delaware Public Media, "A nearly 100-year-old rail line that carries agricultural supplies and other freight into Delaware is getting a spiff-up. Delaware’s Congressional Delegation announced a more than $18 million infrastructure improvement grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to the Delmarva Central Railroad. Along with the grant, the privately owned railroad will invest close to $30 million to upgrade its rail bridges over the C&D canal, the Nanticoke and the Pocomoke rivers. It’ll also upgrade public rail crossings and the main rail line."
DelDOT planning $64 million upgrade for U.S. 40/Del. 896 intersection
As reported by the Newark Post, "The Delaware Department of Transportation is moving forward with a major overhaul of the U.S. 40/Del. 896 intersection in Glasgow. The $64 million project, which won’t begin until 2022, involves elevating Del. 896 over U.S. 40 and building an interstate-style interchange with ramps allowing movement between the two roads. The project was first suggested in a 2000 study, and engineers considered 12 different possibilities before settling on the final design, which was announced to the public during a virtual public meeting."
Cecil County MDOT Tour Meeting
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 FY 2021 – FY 2026 DRAFT Consolidated Transportation Program – Fall 2020 Tour Schedule is now available. The meeting for Cecil County will be held on Friday, October 16 at 11 a.m. Log on information is available at https://www.ccgov.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/9209/20?curm=10&cury=2020
Newark Transportation Improvement District Public Meeting
The Newark Transportation Improvement District (TID) Committee will hold a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Details on how to join the meeting are available on the meeting agenda. A TID is defined as a “geographic area defined for the purpose of securing required improvements to transportation facilities in that area” by comprehensively coordinating, with transportation-planning partners, land-use and transportation decisions.
National News
California will ban gas-only cars within 15 years
As reported in The Guardian, "Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, has signed an executive order to ban the sale of gas-only cars in the state within the next 15 years, to combat the damaging effects of climate breakdown after a summer of record temperatures and historic wildfires."
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