January 2017

All meetings are open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held in the WILMAPCO Conference Room.

Jan 12, 6:30 p.m.

Jan 19, 10 a.m.

In case of inclement weather, please call (302) 737-6205, or toll free from Cecil County at (888) 808-7088 for cancellations or postponements.

For updates or more information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit www.wilmapco.org

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Transportation news and events from the
Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO). 
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TIPComment on the FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program
Pending Council action, WILMAPCO will release its draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for public review and comment on January 16. The draft FY 2018-2021 TIP documents more than $2.1 billion of anticipated transportation funding for New Castle County, Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland, including road, transit, rail, multimodal, and bicycle and pedestrian projects.
To solicit public feedback on proposed projects. WILMAPCO and DelDOT will host a public workshop on Wednesday, February 1 at the Newark Free Library, 750 Library Ave, Newark, with open house between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. During the workshop, WILMAPCO and DelDOT representatives will be available to answer questions.
You can view and comment on the draft TIP online at www.wilmapco.org/tip or at WILMAPCO's office during business hours. Comments may also be submitted in writing to Wilmington Area Planning Council, 850 Library Avenue, Suite 100, Newark, DE 19711, by fax to 302-737-9584, or by e-mail to wilmapco@wilmapco.org. Comments will be accepted through February 28, 2017.
UnionStUnion Street Reconfiguration Project
West Side Grows Together, the City of Wilmington, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and WILMAPCO are seeking your feedback on  proposed changes to Union Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Sycamore Street.

Proposed changes include reducing vehicular lanes from three to two, adding clearly marked crosswalks and a buffered bicycle lane, and increasing the number of parking spots by adding diagonal back in parking. The goal of the project is to create a safer Union Street for all.

Currently, speeding traffic along Union Street makes it unsafe for those walking, biking or taking public transportation. This project will make it safer for people to walk and bike, and enjoy all the businesses along the corridor.
To review project information, provide feedback, and follow the project on Facebook, please click below:  
Local News
DelDOTDelDOT & DTC Announce Release of Real-Time Transit Information
According to a Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) release, "The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Secretary Jennifer Cohan and DTC CEO John Sisson announced the release of 'Real-Time' transit information, as they demonstrated enhancements to DelDOT's innovative mobile and web application that allows DART customers to view real-time bus arrival information. 
The enhancements allow users to select a DART bus stop, receive real-time bus arrival times, and view live updates as a bus icon travels along its designated route.  The DelDOT mobile app is free and available to anyone using a smartphone device (iOS and Android).  The free app can be downloaded by searching "DelDOT" at the Google Play and Apple App stores, or accessed on the web via DelDOT's interactive map found at www.deldot.gov.  Check out the video on DART's YouTube."
APAPlan4Health Project Initiative
According to the Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA), "Hear from planners and heath care professionals on the Delaware APA project  status during a podcast.  This podcast considers access and equity to healthy foods and beverages and incorporation of enabling better physical activity into communities. "

Click  here for the Delaware Podcast 
Click here for similar Podcasts related to Plan4Heath
Click here for the Plan4Heath website which provides an perspective on the program initiative

NatureDelaware State Parks launches new Children in Nature initiative
According to a Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) release, " In an effort to encourage more Delaware children to enjoy the outdoors and outdoor-related activity year-round, the Delaware Children in Nature Coalition will highlight an 'Outdoor Theme of the Month' beginning in January 2017.

The Children in Nature Coalition began as a partnership between DNREC, the Department of Education and Nemours Health and Wellness. Events and themes will be announced on the Delaware Children in Nature Facebook page and the Children in Nature Twitter page (@DelawareCIN). A list of themes can be found at delawareCIN.org .
WebsiteDelDOT Launches Website for Development of Non-Traditional Community Based Transportation Projects
According to a Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) release, "DelDOT announces the launch of the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) website. This program is a community-driven program that facilitates the development of non-traditional transportation projects with the goal of providing choices for non-motorized users that are safe, reliable, and convenient.

TAP is a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) program under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act that was passed into law in December 2015. The purpose of TAP, is to encourage community-based projects encompassing a variety of smaller-scale transportation projects such as:
  • Pedestrian and bicycle facilities
  • Recreational trails
  • Safe routes to school projects
  • Historic preservation and vegetation management
  • Environmental mitigation related to stormwater and habitat connectivity.
For more information, the TAP webpage can be accessed by:
  1. www.DelDOT.gov - main page newsy: Slide #1
  2. Community Programs and Services - http://deldot.gov/information/community_programs_and_services/ (scroll down alphabetically to TAP link)
  3. Or the Transportation Alternatives Program main landing page : http://deldot.gov/information/community_programs_and_services/tap/index.shtml
For more information, visit DelDOT's website at www.deldot.gov or tune to WTMC-AM 1380. 
National News
VMTVehicle Miles Traveled Up in 2016  
According to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Journal, "The Federal Highway Administration said vehicle miles traveled on all U.S. roads and streets increased 2.9 percent in September over the same month last year, while year-to-date vehicle travel rose 3 percent for the first nine months of 2016."  To learn more, visit www.aashtojournal.org/Pages/120916traffic.aspx. 

BikeHow Separated Bikeways are Setting the Standard for Safety 
According to a State Smart Transportation Initiative article, "A wealth of evidence is accumulating in support of building protected bike lanes. The release of new statistics shows that bicycle crashes and injury rates have dropped significantly in Minneapolis since the build-out of on-street protected bike lanes within the city. Protected bike lanes, often located on high-speed arterials, form critical connectors for a city bike network, offering a 90 percent reduction in injuries per mile ridden compared with streets without any bike facilities. Recent studies have also shown that compared to streets with no bike accommodations or only marked bike lanes, protected bike lanes improve motor-vehicle driver behavior and result in significant reductions in bicycle/vehicle crashes, as well as encourage a mode shift from cars to bicycles." To view the source article, please visit www.ssti.us/2016/11/sharing-the-road-how-separated-bikeways-are-setting-the-standard-for-safety