April 2020
WILMAPCO Meetings

All meetings are open to the public and will be held virtually. For meeting access information, please visit www.wilmapco.org
 
April 7, 3 p.m.
 
April 16, 10 a.m.
 
WILMAPCO will be closed on April 10th for Good Friday.
For updates or more information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit www.wilmapco.org
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WILMAPCO Staff and Public Meetings
Based on public health recommendations and stay at home orders WILMAPCO staff are working from home until further notice. Staff remain available via email and virtual meetings. Please visit WILMAPCO's " contact us" webpage for staff contact information. WILMAPCO's public meetings are postponed or offered virtually for April and May.  Please check WILMAPCO's homepage to access links to join virtual meetings.
 
CPMPC oncord Pike Corridor Master Plan
WILMAPCO, DelDOT, and New Castle County held a Virtual Public Workshop on April 1 to allow public review of the Concord Pike Corridor Master Plan. Planners shared the results of traffic analysis and recommendations for potential safety improvements along the corridor. A recording of the Virtual Workshop, the presentation, an interactive map of proposed projects, and a new online survey are available for review and comment through May 29, 2020 on the project website at www.wilmapco.org/202.  
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DARTDART Institutes Additional Safety Measures and Waived Fares on Buses
According to a DART release, "DART will limit the number of passengers allowed on each bus at any given time, based on bus seating capacity. Passenger boardings will be through the rear door with fares waived. Riders needing boarding assistance will be allowed to continue boarding through the front door. In order to accommodate riders, DART will operate additional timing buses, as well as have additional operators on standby. If you are feeling sick, please do not visit public facilities and avoid public transportation." For more information on Delaware's response to the Coronavirus, visit de.gov/coronavirus.
 
CensusComplete your Census 
Census data is the key metrics that's used in our communities to include critical data that lawmakers, business owners, foundations, nonprofits, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community.Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete the Census. Complete yours today at my2020census.gov or call 1-844-3330-2020.
 
MARCMaryland seeks to begin Delaware MARC line negotiations 
Delaware Business Times reports, "For the first time in nearly five years, Maryland and Delaware officials may be getting closer to completing a missing link in the regional commuter rail network. Currently, the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train network stops service in Perryville, Md., about 20 miles from Newark, where the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) ends its southernmost lines. For years, officials from both Delaware and Maryland have voiced a desire to bridge that gap. That 20 miles is the only segment on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor from Virginia to Connecticut not served by regional rail. That conversation was advanced on March 18, the last day of Maryland's abbreviated legislature, when it passed a bill that directs the operator of the MARC to negotiate with Delaware and railroad companies on the creation of a pilot program into the neighboring state." To view the source article, please visit https://delawarebusinesstimes.com/news/maryland-seeks-delaware-marc-line/.  
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NACTONACTO COVID-19 Transportation Response Center
NACTO has launched an online COVID-19 transportation resource hub for city transportation staff, officials, and leaders for cities to learn from one another and develop the most effective responses to this evolving global crisis. It provides actionable examples of how cities around the world are addressing critical tasks, such as:
  • Helping healthcare and other essential workers get safely where they need to go while protecting transit operators and other frontline city staff
  • Creating pick-up/delivery zones to ensure that residents can access food and essential goods
  • Opening, and in some cases, closing, public space to enhance social distancing
  • Deploying effective public communications, messaging, and signage
To learn more, please visit
 
CarPriceCar Price Found to Predict Driver Willingness to Stop for Pedestrians
According to Streetsblog USA, "a study published in the Journal of Transport and Health found the more expensive the car, the less likely the driver is to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. University of Nevada, Las Vegas researchers videotaped pedestrians navigating Las Vegas streets under what might seem like the best possible road conditions for walkers: a sunny day with great visibility, on an open road studded with 35 mile-per-hour speed limit signs and school zone warnings for a nearby elementary school, with the pedestrian crossing in a clearly designated mid-block crosswalk and wearing an easy-to-spot red t-shirt. Most drivers didn't yield at all--and the more expensive the cars got, the more often the driver failed to hit the brakes." To learn more, please visit https://usa.streetsblog.org/2020/02/28/study-car-price-is-a-predictor-of-driver-aggression-towards-walkers/.
 
APAir Pollution May Make COVID-19 Worse
According to The Washington Post, "scientists are considering whether smoking and air pollution may intensify the COVID-19 disease or increase the initial chances of infection. There are no large-scale studies from the current outbreak of coronavirus, and only a few hints from smaller studies. But experts note that damage to the lungs from pollutants that result from combustion, whether inhaled deliberately by smokers, or inadvertently by those in regions with poor air quality, may increase the risk of respiratory tract infections from viruses such as the novel coronavirus. Poor air can also cause lung inflammation that could worsen the symptoms of COVID-19." To learn more, please visit https://www.washingtonpost.com/.  
 
GlobalAPGlobally Air Pollution Shortens Lives more than War, Tobacco and AIDS
According to Airqualitynews.com, "air pollution is responsible for shortening people's lives worldwide on a scale far greater than wars, violence, tobacco and diseases such as HIV and AIDS, according to a study published in the journal Cardiovascular Research. The researchers from the European Society of Cardiology have estimated that globally, air pollution causes an extra 8.8 million premature deaths each year. They estimated that air pollution reduces average life expectancy for all people worldwide by 3 years, and estimated that if air pollution were reduced by removing fossil fuel emissions, the average life expectancy worldwide would increase by over a year." To learn more, please visit https://airqualitynews.com/2020/03/02/air-pollution-shortens-lives-more-than-war-violence-and-tobacco/.