January 2018

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

January 11, 10 a.m.

January 11, 1 p.m.

January 11, 6:30 p.m.

January 18, 10 a.m.

WILMAPCO is closed January 15th for MLK Day.

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

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Transportation news and events from the
Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO). 
PedPlan Help Make Elkton more Walkable
WILMAPCO, the Town of Elkton, and State of Maryland are working together on the Elkton Pedestrian Plan.  The Plan will make recommendations for improvements to make walking a safer and more convenient way to get around.  How do you think walking conditions in Elkton could be improved? Come to a public workshop and let us know.  The Public Workshop will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm the Elkton Town Hall, 100 Railroad Avenue. During the workshop, draft recommendations for new sidewalks and safer road crossings will also be available for review and comment.  Please visit www.wilmapco.org/elktonpedplan or follow the plan on facebook at www.facebook.com/elktonpedplan to learn more.

car graphic TIPTIP Public Comment Period
Development of the FY 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) has begun. The TIP prioritizes and documents planned transportation projects, including road, bus, rail, bicycle, and pedestrian improvements based upon available funding. Pending review by WILMAPCO's Council, the draft TIP will be available for public comment from January 22 through February 28, 2018.

WILMAPCO and DelDOT will hold a public workshop to discuss the planned projects and hear your feedback. Please join us on Monday, February 26 at the Newark Free Library (750 Library Avenue, Newark, DE). Stop by anytime between 4 and 7 p.m. For more information and submit comments online, please visit www.wilmapco.org/tip. or view the Facebook event at www.facebook.com/events/1005121269628305.   
Local News
MTPWhat are your Transportation Priorities for Maryland?
The Maryland Transportation Plan, or MTP, establishes a 20-year vision for transportation in the State and provides policy direction through statewide multimodal goals and objectives. The MTP is updated through extensive consultation and coordination with state, regional, and local government stakeholders. It is also updated through outreach to Maryland's citizens, whose feedback and viewpoints are vital in shaping the MTP. The Maryland Department of Transportation has launched a survey to learn what transportation initiatives are important to you when looking ahead 20 years. To take the survey, please visit  https://2040mtp.metroquest.com.
APADEAPA DE 2018 Regional Conference Call for Presentations 
The Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association is now accepting proposals for presentations at their 2018 Regional Conference to be held in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  The conference is scheduled for October 23-24, 2018.  Eligible submissions can cover a broad range of topics related to technological advances and their impacts on infrastructure planning, design, operations, and management related to the conference theme of economy, environment, and health. The submission deadline is January 15, 2018.  To learn more, please 2014conference.delawareapa.org/2014conference/2018%20Conference/2018%20Conf%20Main.html.

DNRECDNREC Public Meeting - EPA's Proposed Repeal of Federal Clean Power Plan
According to a Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) release, "DNREC will host a public meeting on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 to provide an opportunity for comment on the US Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to repeal the federal Clean Power Plan (CPP). The DNREC-sponsored listening session will begin at 10 a.m. at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. The goal of the Clean Power Plan is to reduce carbon pollution from coal, oil, and natural gas burning power plants, all of which have been scientifically-proven as contributing to climate change." DNREC anticipates limiting each speaker to five minutes, but time may be adjusted, depending on the number of people who register to speak. Speakers are asked to register no later than Jan. 5 by emailing Valerie Gray ( Valerie.Gray@state.de.us ). For more information about the meeting and listening session, please visit
National News
I95Philadelphia Repurposes Elevated Interstate 95
According to Landscape Architecture Magazine, "around the world, cities are demolishing, burying, or capping their elevated freeways, but an interstate in Philadelphia provides a possible alternative. In redesigning three miles of Interstate 95 north of Center City Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation planned 27 acres of park and open space, and the first phase of the $1 billion project, due for completion by 2027, incorporates examples of green infrastructure."  To learn more, please visit https://landscapearchitecturemagazine.org/2017/11/09/another-way-for-highways/.
WalksOlder Woman, Brisk Walks and Longevity
According to CenterLines news, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, "older women who take at least one brisk walk a week could potentially reduce their risk of early death by 70%, according to a study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital published in Circulation ."  To learn more, please visit http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2017/10/31/CIRCULATIONAHA.117.031300.
WorkWalkingMore American Walking to Work
According to America Walks, "More Americans are walking to work in cities and towns across the US. New data released by the League of American Bicyclists and analyzed by America Walks shows a growth in regular walking trips made by adults on their way to and from work. Over 4 million people opted to hit the pavement as part of their commute in 2016, an increase from similar data collected in 2005 and 2011."  To learn more, visit http://americawalks.org/new-data-over-4-million-us-commutes-done-by-foot.  
GoogleMapsGoogle Maps Will Soon Tell you When it's Time to Get off your Train or Bus
According to Tech Crunch, "Google is about to launch a small but useful update to Google Maps that will give you live guidance and interactive real-time notifications during your journey. The idea here is to give you real-time updates while you are on your transit journey."  To view the source article, please visit https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/09/google-maps-will-soon-tell-you-when-its-time-to-get-off-your-train-or-bus/.  
CNUCall for Submissions
According to Congress for New Urbanism (CNU), "Selected students, academics, researchers, and professionals are offered the opportunity to present their research at CNU's annual Congress for the New Urbanism. Submissions will be accepted for any research topic that connects the built environment with other dimensions of urban life-social, environmental, economic-whether this connection is from the perspective of design, history, policy, science or method. Submissions will be accepted until January 17, 2018 at 5:00 p.m."  For more information, please visit www.cnu.org/new-urban-research