April 2018

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

April 3, 3 p.m.

Air Quality Subcommittee
April 12, 10 a.m.

Congestion Management Subcommittee
April 12, 1 p.m.

Public Advisory Committee
April 16, 6:30 p.m.

Technical Advisory Committee
April 19, 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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Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO). 
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AQADelaware Air Quality Awareness Week 
The Air Quality Partnership of Delaware has announced Delaware Air Quality Awareness Week, from April 30 through May 4, 2018.  Several events are planned as part of the week, including "Try It Day Delaware."  Try It Day is your chance to try a greener mode of transportation (walk, bike, carpool, or public transit) during the week. Individuals who post selfies to social media sites, using the hashtag #TryItDayDE, will be entered to win a $25 gift card.

The partnership is also awarding Air-Friendly Business awards to local businesses that make efforts to encourage employees to make greener transportation choices. If you know of a local business that may qualify, please email general@ridesharedelaware.org by April 16, 2018. To learn more about Delaware Air Quality Awareness Week, please visit www.wilmapco.org/aqp or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Air-Quality-Partnership-of-Delaware.

TAPApplications Sought for Transportation Alternatives Program in Cecil County
Maryland State Highway Administration and WILMAPCO are accepting applications for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) from April 16 to May 16, 2018.  Cecil County government agencies, municipalities, and non-profits may seek TAP funding assistance for transportation improvements that create bicycle and pedestrian facilities, restore historic transportation buildings, convert abandoned railway corridors to pedestrian trails, mitigate highway runoff, and other transportation related enhancements. Federal TAP funding is dedicated exclusively for use in Cecil County but sponsors much provide a minimum 20% funding match. Learn more at www.wilmapco.org/tap.

RFPWILMAPCO Requests for Proposals 
WILMAPCO is currently seeking Requests for Proposals for two planning studies. The deadline to submit proposals is April 9. To learn more, please click the links below. 
POSWILMAPCO Online Public Opinion Survey
Every four years WILMAPCO conducts a telephone public opinion survey of the region's residents. This year, we'll also be conducting an online version of the survey.  If you live in New Castle or Cecil County, you are invited to participate in the survey. Survey results are used to inform the update of our Regional Transportation Plan. To take the survey, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/wilmapcosurvey
Local News
ScenicBywayDelaware Scenic Byways Public Meeting
The New Castle County Department of Land Use cordially invites you to its Red Clay Valley Scenic Byway and Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway public information meeting regarding potential methods for the preservation of byways to be held on March 28th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at A.I. DuPont High School's cafeteria located at 50 Hillside Road, Greenville, DE 19807. Please feel free to extend this invitation to your contacts and associates. Information is available at: www.nccdelu.org.
DNRECVolkswagen Mitigation Plan Public Workshop
The State of Delaware is receiving approximately $9.5 million dollars as a result of the Volkswagen Emission Scandal. DNREC's Division of Air Quality is hosting a Public Workshop on the Proposed Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Plan. The workshop will be held on March 28th at 6pm in the Richardson and Robbins Building Auditorium (89 Kings Hwy, Dover, DE 19901). The Division of Air Quality will also be accepting comments via email at: VW_Mitigation_Plan@state.de.us.  For more information on the workshop, please visit https://publicmeetings.delaware.gov/Meeting/59416. For More information on the mitigation plan, please visit http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/air/Pages/VWMitigationPlan.aspx.

TransAction2018 NJ TransAction Conference 
The annual New Jersey Transportation Conference and Expo - TransAction 2018 will be held at the Tropicana Hotel, Casino and Conference Center, Atlantic City, NJ on April 17th, 18th, and 19th . TransAction 2018 will feature over 70 workshop sessions specializing in bus, rail, roads, bridges, goods movement, engineering, planning, pedestrian/bicycle, paratransit, community transportation, ports, and much more. To learn more, please visit www.njtransaction.com.  

GISRegistration is Open for the Delmarva GIS Conference 2018
The Delmarva GIS Conference will be held April 26-27 at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. Attendees will have the opportunity to share and collaborate on the latest applications, projects, and technologies while networking with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) professionals from across Delmarva. The keynote speaker is Brian Montgomery from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. To learn more, please visit www.regonline.com/registration.

This issue of the Delaware Journal of Public Health focuses on Planning and Public Health. Local governments are beginning to include public health in their comprehensive plans. These long-term plans impact how people make choices of where to live and how to get around, their ability to access healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity, and affect broader issues of social equity, clean air and water, and more. To view the Journal, please click here.

AVDelaware is Working to be on the Cutting Edge of Self-Driving Cars 
According to the News Journal, "While autonomous vehicles may be a decade or so away, in Delaware, officials want to be ready when the technology arrives. A University of Delaware Institute for Public Administration (IPA) report published last year looked at the levels of automation, safety, congestion, and impacts the technology might have on the transportation system, jobs, and the economy. Six months after the report was released, Gov. John Carney established an advisory council on connected and autonomous vehicles through an executive order. Carney and other state officials believe that the economic impact of autonomous technology could mean a better quality of life for Delawareans and spur economic development.
" To view the source article, please visit www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2018/03/12/delaware-working-cutting-edge-self-driving-cars/372560002
National News
USAVPreparing Communities for Autonomous Vehicles 
The American Planning Association has released a report that summarizes the findings of a symposium regarding the implications of autonomous vehicles for cities and regions. This report is intended to let planners and local government officials identify steps they can take now to prepare their communities for autonomous vehicles." To view the report, please visit https://planning-org-uploaded-media.s3.amazonaws.com/document/Autonomous-Vehicles-Symposium-Report.pdf.

RenaultRenault Unveils Driverless Uber-style Car
According to Dezeen, "Renault has devised a concept for an autonomous, electric vehicle that would provide city dwellers with an alternative to public transport. Renault's Ez-Go concept functions as both a car and an Uber-style ride-sharing service. Able to accommodate up to six passengers, the vehicle is designed to be used for riding alone, with friends or family, or shared with other ride-hailing users - who would request the vehicle via a smartphone app." To view the source article, please visit www.dezeen.com/2018/03/06/renault-ez-go-driverless-transport-system-geneva-motor-show

PedSignAn Examination of Effects on Drivers Yielding to Pedestrians, Speed at Crosswalks, and Sign Durability  
According to the ITE Journal, "Pedestrian fatalities and injuries represent a growing percentage of all traffic fatalities and injuries. In an attempt to develop a low-cost treatment that could be effective Bennett, Manal, and Van Houten reported on the use of in-street signs. The sign produced a marked improvement in yielding at multilane crosswalks that was comparable to those produced by a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB)."  To learn more, please visit www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G91484_ITE_Mar2018/index.php#/30.