January 2016

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

Jan 14, 6:30 p.m.

Jan 21, 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). 
car graphic TIPTIP Public Comment Period
Development of the FY 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) has begun. The TIP prioritizes and documents planned 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 19 through March 2.

WILMAPCO and DelDOT will hold a public workshop to discuss the planned projects. Please join us on Wednesday, February 24 at the Newark Free Library (750 Library Avenue, Newark, DE). Stop by anytime between 4 and 7 p.m.
View information and comment online: 

North Claymont Area Master Plan Public Workshop 
You are invited to participate in a public workshop for the North Claymont Area Master Plan on Wednesday, February 3, at Archmere Academy (3600 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont). Drop by any time between 5 and 7 p.m. to meet with the planning team, review displays about existing conditions, and provide feedback on preliminary goals for the project. At 7 p.m., join us for a presentation and discussion to define and prioritize a vision and goals for the area's future. The North Claymont Area Master Plan will examine future land use, transportation, and economic development strategies for the area, which includes the Tri-state Mall and former Claymont Steel Mill. Feedback from the workshop will be used to define alternatives for future analysis.
Learn more: www.wilmapco.org/ncamp 

Local News
According to a DART Release, "Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) has postponed the implementation of the changes to DART Statewide Bus Services to February 14. Due to the complexity of the changes, additional time is needed to properly implement the service change. As a result, the fare change will be postponed as well." A few of the changes include discontinuing the Route 34 and 54 between Christiana Mall and downtown Wilmington with Routes 33 and 40 providing service between the mall and Wilmington every 30 minutes, a new route 53 with express service between DART Mid-County Wrangle Hill Park & Ride/Delaware City DMV and the Newark Transit Hub, discontinuing the Wilmington Trolley (Route 32) due to low ridership with Market Street being served by Route 12, and many others. Changes will also include small fare increases. 

SouthbridgeDelDOT Public Presentation: Southbridge Streetscape Phase 2 
DelDOT is holding a public presentation to solicit input on the design for various lighting and pedestrian improvements in Southbridge along A Street and New Castle Avenue.  

The presentation will be held on January 19, during the Southbridge Civic Association Meeting, at the Neighborhood House, 1218 B Street in Wilmington from 6 to 7 p.m.

The purpose of the presentation is to provide an opportunity for the public to review and discuss the  proposed sidewalk improvements and provide input prior to the project submission for design funding.  
DelDOT Public Notice:
BrandywineDelDOT Public Workshop: Brandywine Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements
DelDOT is holding a public workshop to solicit comments on the design for various lighting, signal, landscaping, and pedestrian improvements at the intersection of Van Buren Street, Wawaset Street, and South Park Drive.

The workshop will be held on January 19 at the Delaware Center for Horticulture, 1810 N. Dupont Street in Wilmington from 7 to 8 p.m.

During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to review and discuss the proposed improvements.
DelDOT Public Notice:

SEPTALate Night SEPTA Train Extended to and from Wilmington

Beginning December 14, SEPTA's last weekday train on the Wilmington/Newark Line has been extended to and from Wilmington. The extended southbound train from Philadelphia will arrive in Wilmington at 12:26 a.m., and the final northbound train will leave Wilmington at 12:48 a.m., both two hours later than the current arrival and departure times.
View the new schedule:
SnowTracking DelDOT's Snow-Removal Efforts
According to a DelDOT release, "Any resident with a computer or a smart phone will be able to track the real-time positions of DelDOT's plows during snow storms this year. The Snow Plow Tracker uses Global Positioning System sensors installed in each of their more than 300 plows, to transmit their locations to a program that will display each plow's position on any resident's smart phone or computer."

CecilCecil Transit Earns State Award for Work 
According to the Cecil Whig, "Cecil County Transit was named Medium Transit System of 2015 last month by the Transportation Association of Maryland (TAM), a nonprofit state organization dedicated to improving transportation in the state. The award was presented to Cecil County last month at TAM's annual conference in Ocean City."
Source: www.cecildaily.com 
National News
FASTObama signs $305B highway bill
According to The Hill, "President Obama signed into law a five-year, $305 billion highway bill, with just hours to spare before the scheduled expiration of the nation's road and transit spending. The Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, or FAST Act, Dec. 3 passed the U.S. House of Representatives with 359 votes, and the U.S. Senate with 83 votes.

The new law, paid for with gas tax revenue and a package of $70 billion in offsets from other areas of the federal budget, calls for spending approximately $205 billion on highways and $48 billion on transit projects over the next five years. The measure is the first long-term national transportation spending package in a decade. It follows a string of temporary patches that began before Obama entered office."