February 2017
All meetings are open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held in the WILMAPCO Conference Room.

Feb 7, 3 p.m.

Air Quality Subcommittee
Feb 9, 10 a.m.

Feb 9, 1 p.m.

Feb 13, 6:30 p.m.

Feb 16, 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
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). 
car graphic TIPTIP Public Comment Accepted through February
Development of the FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) has begun. The TIP lists and prioritizes planned transportation projects, including road, bus, rail, bicycle, and pedestrian projects based upon available funding. The draft TIP is available for public comment through February 28, 2017.

WILMAPCO and DelDOT will hold a public workshop to discuss the planned projects. Please join us on Wednesday, February 1 at the Newark Free Library (750 Library Avenue, Newark, DE). Stop by anytime between 4 and 7 p.m.

To view project information and submit comments, please visit
www.wilmapco.org/TIP .

Local News
SafeBikeSafe Accommodation of Bicyclists on High-Speed Roadways in Maryland 
The Maryland Department of Transportation has released a report summary that investigates safety concerns associated with bicycle accommodations on high-speed roadways. The main conclusion of this study is that bicyclists on high-speed roadways face serious risks unless sufficiently separated from the motor-vehicle traffic. The treatments presented in the project report, if prudently implemented, can help mitigate such risks where separated facilities are not an option. The study also found that available data on accidents involving bicyclists are inadequate for quantitatively comparing the merits of design alternatives and treatments."  To view the report, please visit www.roads.maryland.gov/OPR_Research/MD-16-SHA-UM-4-06_Bicycles-on-High-Speed-Roadways_report.pdf

TransitCenterDelDOT/DTC Announce Innovative Approach to Construct New Transit Center 
According to a DART First State release, "DelDOT and Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) are currently working to finalize a Public-Private Partnership to construct the Wilmington Transit Center on State-owned land just east of Walnut Street and north of Front Street, adjacent to the train station. The selected private entity would, at their expense, design, build, maintain and operate a parking and transit facility by way of a lease.  In return, DTC would have at least nine bus bays on the ground floor of the parking deck, an area for bus staging, accommodations for future electric bus recharging, bus operator facilities, a public kiosk for transit ticketing/information, rental car parking and additional public parking availability.  When completed, the transit center will provide one-stop connections for people to travel locally, throughout the state and the northeast corridor.  The final proposal is due March 7, 2017 and the Transit Center could open as early as spring 2019."  To learn more, please visit  http://dartfirststate.com/.
ClimateProgDelaware 2016 Climate Change Progress Report 
According to a DNREC release, "Delaware has released Climate Action in Delaware: 2016 Progress Report, highlighting the state's progress toward meeting the challenges of climate change and outlining steps forward. In 2013, Governor Jack Markell issued an Executive Order directing all state agencies to address the greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change and to protect Delaware from current and future impacts. As a result, state agencies developed the Climate Framework for Delaware, which outlines more than 155 recommendations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to rising heat and sea levels. Now, the state has released its 2016 progress report to update Delawareans on the state's climate action.

NonmotorizedClimate Change and Non-Motorized Transportation
According to the Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center, "Researchers at the University of Delaware and Morgan State University are assessing the vulnerability of non-motorized transportation facilities, starting with an analysis of trails and bike routes in Delaware. Ardeshir Faghri, PhD, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware, and Hyeon-Shic Shin, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, Morgan State University, are modeling sea level to predict the number of trails and bike routes in Delaware that will be impacted by low, medium and high sea level rise at the end of 2100. Understanding sea level rise and its impact on pedestrian and bike facilities will enable the development of strategies to minimize or eliminate the negative impacts."  To learn more, please visit www.matsutc.org/2016/12/research-highlight-climate-change-and-non-motorized-transportation.

National News
DBDDangerous by Design 2016
According to the Smart Growth America website, "The fourth edition of Dangerous by Design once again examines the metro areas that are the most dangerous for people walking. It also includes a racial and income-based examination of the people who are most at risk, and for the first time also ranks states by their danger to pedestrians. This year's report ranks the 104 largest metro areas in the country, as well as every state by a 'Pedestrian Danger Index,' or PDI. PDI is a calculation of the share of local commuters who walk to work and the most recent data on pedestrian deaths."  To view the report, please visit https://smartgrowthamerica.org/dangerous-by-design.