Transportation news and events from the
Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO). 
January 2021
Delaware Statewide First/Final Mile Freight Network Study is underway
WILMAPCO recently began a study, in partnership with DelDOT, to examine local freight movement throughout the State of Delaware, commonly known as the “final mile." The goal of the study is to develop recommendations to improve first/final mile freight transportation connections while balancing the needs of other transportation users including passenger traffic, bicyclists, and pedestrians. As part of this effort, we are inviting all residents, business owners, and the trucking community throughout Delaware to share your experiences with freight movement at the local level. To learn more about the project and to participate in a mapping survey, please visit .
Grant Funding Available for Transportation Alternatives Program
WILMAPCO is seeking applications for Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) projects in New Castle County through January 15. TAP provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation; recreational trail program projects; safe routes to school projects; and projects for the planning, design or construction of boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways. Sponsors must be able to provide a minimum of a twenty percent funding match.
Route 9 Paths Plan Survey
WILMAPCO invites residents and business owners of the Route 9 area to take a brief survey in English or Spanish about improving walking and biking in the corridor. Responses will help better plan for the network of neighborhood pathways described in the Route 9 Paths Plan. Survey respondents will have the chance to win a $25 Visa gift card.
Realice la "Encuesta del Plan de Vías en la Ruta 9" para tener la Oportunidad de Ganar $25
WILMAPCO invita a los residentes y dueños de negocios del área de la Ruta 9 a realizar una encuesta sobre cómo mejorar las vias peatonales y rutas para montar bicleta alrededor del Corredor de la Ruta 9. Las respuestas ayudarán a planificar mejor el sistema de caminos vecinales descritos en el Plan Maestro para el Corredor de la Ruta 9. Estas vías peatonales y rutas para montar bicicleta conectarán mejor a las comunidades con escuelas, parques, tiendas y otros destinos. Realice esta breve encuesta para tener la oportunidad de ganar una tarjeta de regalo Visa de $25 en:
Local News
Cecil County Highway Safety Plan
The first draft of the 2021-2025 Cecil County Highway Safety Plan will be available for comment from January 4-15, including a virtual Public Meeting on January 12 at 7 p.m. The Plan's Vision Zero Goal is to cut the number of transportation fatalities in Cecil County in half by the end of 2030 and eliminate them by 2040. The plan outlines actions seeking to reduce the number and severity of motor vehicle crashes, including those involving bicyclists and pedestrians, which occur on roadways in Cecil County.
DelDOT Launches Report a Pedestrian Issue Feature on Website & App
According to a Delaware Department of Transportation release, "DelDOT now makes it even easier for pedestrians to report an issue along roadways, sidewalks, and paths throughout Delaware with the new 'Report a Pedestrian Issue' feature at and on the DelDOT App. Reportable issues range from curb ramps in need of repair, lack of sidewalks, objects or vegetation blocking sidewalks, cracked or broken sidewalks, and more. Once an issue is submitted it will be forwarded to DelDOT's Pedestrian Coordinator for review."
New Castle County announces Land Preservation Task Force findings
As published by Delaware Public Media, "A quarter of the land in unincorporated New Castle County is already preserved, according to a report by the Land Preservation Task Force released by the County. In its report, the Land Preservation Task Force made more than two dozen recommendations, including creating an endowment to acquire open space, hiring a land preservation planner, and further evaluating county development regulations. The task force also recommended the County create a land preservation master plan.
Free Wi-Fi is now available on DART Buses
DART now offers free Public Wi-Fi on all fixed route buses statewide and at Wilmington Transit Center. John Sisson, DART’s Chief Executive Officer stated, “Customers no longer need to worry about running out of data as they access our free Wi-Fi to catch up on work, connect with friends, access apps, or just sit back and stream their favorite music as DART".
Amtrak celebrates completion of twenty year corridor expansion in Delaware
As published by Delaware Public Media, "The one-and-a-half-mile stretch between Wilmington and Newark has been called a bottleneck by many, including Amtrak. It only had two tracks, compared to the three the rest of the line does. But a recent upgrade brings a new electrified line to the stretch, which will be shared by both Amtrak and SEPTA. The project was a collaboration between Amtrak, DelDOT and the Delaware Transit Corporation."
City of Wilmington installs new bike lane
As published in the Delaware Greenways Newsletter, "Great news for bicyclists on the Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway, at its starting point in the City of Wilmington. This section, more commonly known as '11th Street', now has a dedicated lane for bicyclists. The new lane is a result of the City of Wilmington's Bike Plan, one objective of which is to design and implement a coordinated and safe bike route network".
RideShare Delaware wants to help you plan your clean commute
Is your 2021 commute to work planned out? Let RideShare Delaware help you coordinate a clean commuting plan. Call or email RideShare Delaware at or 1-888-RIDE-MATCH to schedule a meeting. Or, sign up for the RideShare Delaware program and earn free rewards for recording your clean commute below.
National News
U.S. Department of Transportation has released a new Pedestrian Safety Action Plan
As published by the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, "The U.S. Department of Transportation has released a new resource - the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. The Pedestrian Safety Action Plan goal is to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities on America’s roads. The new Pedestrian Safety Action Plan will promote the expanded use of countermeasures, technology, and data-driven practices to address pedestrian fatalities and injuries.
Public Transit a Safe Way to Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic
New research by the American Public Transportation Association finds that, "based on a comprehensive review of United States and global research regarding COVID-19 transmission and public transit, interviews with public health experts, and new analysis of various data sources; no direct correlation has been found between use of urban public transit and transmission of COVID-19. An analysis of public transit ridership in multiple cities over the past three months shows no correlation with the rise or fall of local COVID-19 cases."
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