October 2017

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

October 3, 3 p.m.

October 12, 10 a.m.

October 12, 1 p.m.

October 19, 10 a.m.

October 23, 6:30 p.m.

WILMAPCO Closed for Columbus Day
October 9

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 SR41 SR 41, 48 and SR 7 Committee
WILMAPCO has convened a special committee to study and make recommendations regarding truck traffic and freight movements along SR 41, SR 48 and SR 7.  The committee will meet on Wednesday, October 4 at 6 p.m., at Cooke Elementary School, 2025 Graves Road in Hockessin.  The agenda will include a presentation from Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) Office of Freight and Aviation Planning and a continuing the discussion of  "ideas and approaches".  To learn more, please visit www.wilmapco.org/SR10 .
Local News
bike CTPTourMaryland DOT Annual Statewide Transportation Tour
You are invited to join Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) representatives for the annual Statewide Transportation Tour.  The Cecil County tour will take place on October 13 at 10:30 a.m., in Elk Room of the Cecil County Administrative Building, 200 Chesapeake Blvd., Elkton.  During the tour, MDOT officials will discuss the draft six-year Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP). The CTP is Maryland's six-year capital budget for transportation projects.  To view the tour schedule, please visit www.mdot.maryland.gov/newMDOT/Planning/CTP/2017_CTP_Tour/Index.html . 
To learn more about the draft CTP, please visit  
www.mdot.maryland.gov/newMDOT/Planning/CTP/Index.html .
SR273SR 273 and Red Mill Road - Public Workshop
According to a DelDOT release, "DelDOT is holding a Public Workshop to obtain comments for intersection improvements at SR 273 and Red Mill Road. The Public Workshop will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Christiana High School Cafeteria, 190 Salem Church Road in Newark, DE 19713. The project is proposed to add a left turn lane from Red Mill Road to eastbound SR 273. Realigning the Red Mill Road / Red Mill Road Spur intersection, allowing longer left turn lanes to eastbound SR 273. Additionally, pedestrian improvements will be made by adding sidewalks to connect the existing crosswalk at SR 273 to Liberty Square Apartments and Harmony Woods."  To learn more, please visit http://deldot.gov/information/publicevents/publicworkshops.
CompPlanSurveyCity of Wilmington Comprehensive Plan Survey
Help the City of Wilmington develop a new comprehensive plan.  The plan will guide growth and development in the city for the next decade. To kick-off the effort, the city has developed a 10-minute survey. The survey will determine how satisfied you are with various aspects of city life.  If live, work, own a business, shop, eat, go to church or school in the City of Wilmington, then planners want to hear from you.  To take the survey in English, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/Wilmington2028 or in Spanish at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Wilmington2028espanol
DEAPA2017 Delaware APA Annual Meeting
The Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, November 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Buena Vista Conference Center.  The event includes 4.5 Certification Maintenance (CM) credits, lunch, and socializing.  The agenda includes a panel discussion on planning in Wilmington and New Castle County and an ethics skit. The Registration deadline is Thursday, October 26, 2017.  For more information or to reigster, please visit https://form.jotform.us/72495980257166 .

DTCDelaware Transit Corporation Awarded $1 Million for Electric Buses
According to a Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) release, "DTC has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) toward the purchase of 10 zero-emission battery-electric buses, and associated charging systems. With the help of Delaware's Congressional delegation, state and local officials, and other partners, the project was selected on a competitive basis through the FY 2017 Low or No Emission Bus and Bus Facilities grant program. The buses, which are manufactured by Proterra, have a range of up to 250 miles on a single charge.  Along with fast charging stations that are strategically placed throughout the state, buses can be recharged allowing them to run virtually all day."  To view the release, please visit  
DACDelaware Asthma Consortium Survey
T he Delaware Asthma Consortium is in the process of updating the Delaware Asthma Strategic Plan (2014-2017).  The Consortium is seeking feedback on what its next three years should include.  To aid in this effort, the Consortium's evaluation team, Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) developed a survey link to look at each of the 7 goals. You can view the current plan by visiting, www.deasthma.org, click on the "about" tab. To take the survey, please visit http://bit.ly/DEAsthmaSurvey2017 through October 13.
LUCA2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) 
LUCA is the only opportunity offered to state and local governments to review and comment on the U.S. Census Bureau's residential address list for their jurisdiction prior to the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau relies on a complete and accurate address list to reach every living quarters and associated population for inclusion in the census."  To learn more, please visit www.census.gov/geo/partnerships/luca.html#reg.
AAAWho's in the Driver's Seat? The Transformation of Transportation
AAA and TEDx Wilmington are teaming up to hold the first TEDx event dedicated to exploring the future of transportation on October 17 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Queen in Wilmington, Delaware.  The event will explore what a more mobile future looks like - from the impact of autonomous vehicles to supersonic travel around the globe to more integrated travel networks.   A free LiveStream of the event will also be held.  For more information, please visit www.tedxwilmington.com/events/transportation.   
RSRodney Square Revitalization Plan Survey
The Rodney Square Conservancy is working with the City of Wilmington to develop a Revitalization Plan for the Square. This survey is the first part of an ongoing effort to improve Rodney Square.  The answers to this survey will inform the Conservancy and its design consultants as they define a comprehensive vision for the 21st century. To take the survey, please visit https://goo.gl/forms/YS2MOBa58eNleBwT2.
National News
train DrivingU.S. Driving Increases for Sixth Straight Year
According to a Federal Highway Administration release, "New data released from FHWA show that U.S. driving topped 1.58 trillion miles in the first six months of 2017 - or more than 8,500 roundtrips from Earth to the Sun - continuing a streak of steadily increasing Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) that began in 2011." To learn more, visit www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/travel_monitoring/tvt.cfm .
CigRecycled Cigarette Butt Asphalt
According to Springwise, "Around six trillion cigarette butts are produced every year worldwide. Many of these end up tossed onto the ground where they take years to break down, while they release toxic chemicals into parks, rivers and the ocean. Researchers have been trying to find solutions to the problem of cigarette butt waste. To prevent the chemicals in the cigarette butts from leaching out, they encased them in bitumen and paraffin wax. The encapsulated cigarettes butts were then mixed with hot asphalt to create a new, lightweight aggregate. The cigarette-enhanced asphalt is capable of handling heavy traffic and also has a lower thermal conductivity than normal asphalt. This means that cigarette asphalt could help reduce the urban heat island effect, which is responsible for rising city temperatures."  To view the source article, please visit www.springwise.com/cigarette-butts-enhance-asphalt-performance/.
APBaltimore Sensors Will Measure Air Pollution Block by Block 
According to Baltimore Sun, " Hundreds of simpler air pollution sensors will soon be scattered around the city. The solar-powered plastic cubes, each about half the size of a toaster, will provide new data every day on levels of ozone and nitrogen dioxide, pollutants known to attack and weaken lung tissue. The effort, dubbed Baltimore Open Air, is an example of what environmentalists and regulators hope will be a wave of 'citizen science' projects using relatively cheap and portable technology to detail the reaches of air pollution ."  To view the source article, please visit www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/environment/bs-md-air-monitor-network-20170731-story.html.

GooglePhiladelphia First to Map Urban Trails on Google Street View
According to Philly Voice, "After a yearlong process covering more than 400 miles, Philadelphia is officially the first city in the United States to have its urban trail system mapped on Google Street View. The initiative, first announced in May 2016, marks the start of a nationwide effort to digitize the off-road experience."  To view the source article, please visit www.phillyvoice.com/philly-becomes-first-us-city-map-urban-trails-google-street-view.

CompeteStreetsFree Tool for Complete Street Design
According to Centerline the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, "A consortium of Utah-based agencies have helped sponsor StreetPlan.net - an on-line 'drag and drop' tool where you can depict an existing auto-oriented street, then start making it better. StreetPlan offers color-coded best practice guidance."  To learn more, please visit http://streetplan.net.