September 2016

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

October 4, 3 p.m.

Air Quality Subcommittee
October 13, 10 a.m.

Congestion Management Subcommittee
October 13, 1 p.m.

Public Advisory Committee
October 17, 7 p.m.

Technical Advisory Committee
October 20, 10 a.m.

 will be closed on October 10 for Columbus 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). 
car graphic OurTownOur Town 2016: The Future of Transportation
Be sure to register, seating is limited and space is filling up for WILMAPCO's Our Town Conference: The Future of Transportation, on Wednesday, November 2 from 4 - 7 p.m., at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. The event will highlight transportation innovations and technologies of the future including driverless cars, alternative fuels, unmanned aerial vehicles, WiFi connected cars, and other innovations of the future. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is required.  For more information, please visit  
Local News
DARTDART Service Change Public Hearings
According to a Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) public notice, "DTC will conduct Public Hearing Workshops to obtain comments on proposed changes to DART Statewide Fixed Route Bus Service to become effective Sunday, December 11, 2016.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 4 pm to 6 pm
Dover Public Library, Room B
35 Loockerman Plaza
Dover, DE 19901
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 4 pm to 6 pm
Wilmington Public Library, The Commons
10 East 10th Street
Wilmington, DE 19805
Thursday, October 6, 2016, 4 pm to 6 pm
850 Library Avenue
Newark, DE 19711
A summary of proposed changes and service proposals is available for review online at and at the Wilmington, Dover and Georgetown Libraries, WILMAPCO, and at the reception desks of DART Administrative Offices. For information on an alternative format, please call (302) 760-2827.
Those unable to attend may send their comments to: DART Public Hearing Workshop, P.O. Box 1670, Wilmington, DE 19899-1670. Comments can also be emailed through DART's website at  All written and e-mailed comments must be received by October 7, 2016." For more information, please visit

APAMaryland and Delaware American Planning Association Regional Conference  
The Maryland and Delaware Regional Conference is slated for October 15 and 16, 2016 at the Sheraton North Hotel in Towson, Maryland. This year's conference is centered on Change the Mindset - Change the Planning! - Moving Forward in a Changing World. With three concurrent sessions during each time slot to choose, this will be an exciting conference. Wendy Moeller, AICP, Principal and Owner of Compass Point Planning will provide
the keynote Saturday on signs and the legal atmosphere since the Reed v. Town of Gilbert Supreme Court decision . Sunday's keynote lunch will feature Bernie Fowler, Jr., founder, Farming 4 Hunger, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit that grows fresh produce for the working poor in Southern Maryland. For more details, please visit:
UberUber starts carpool option in Delaware  
According to a News Journal article, " The nation's preeminent ride-hailing service is giving the old-fashioned carpool a makeover, launching UberPool in select Delaware markets. The newest, and cheapest, Uber option will allow those who live and work in the Wilmington and Newark areas to split the cost of a trip with strangers and co-workers headed in the same direction."  To view the full article, please visit
National News
SRTSInternational Walk to School Day 
According to the National Center for Safe Routes to School, "Grab your backpack and lace up your shoes for International Walk to School Day. On October 5, students, families, school and community partners, and mayors around the country will bring light to safety concerns, celebrate the benefits of walking, and mark a special occasion - the 20th celebration of Walk to School Day in the USA. " For more information, please visit    

TrafficDeathsTraffic Fatalities Up Sharply in 2015
According to a USDOT briefing, "The nation lost 35,092 people in traffic crashes in 2015, ending a 5-decade trend of declining fatalities with a 7.2 percent increase in deaths from 2014. The  final data
MotorVehicleDeathsMotor Vehicle Fatalities Up 9% in 2016
According to the National Safety Council, "Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate motor vehicle deaths were 9% higher through the first six months of 2016 than in 2015, and 18% higher than two years ago at the six-month mark. An estimated 19,100 people have been killed on U.S. roads since January, and 2.2 million were seriously injured."  For more information, please visit
SmartCarSoon your car may be updateable like your smart phone
According to the Detroit Free Press, "Like a new smartphone, your car may soon get regular software updates to fix problems, improve performance and add new features. By 2022, more than 200 million vehicles around the world will be able to get over the air software updates according to ABI Research, a company that studies technology trends. Nearly one-third of the defects that lead to recalls might be fixed with an over-the-air software update, resolving problems without an inconvenient trip to the dealership and saving automakers up to $6 billion a year."  To view the full article, please visit