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It’s A Tournament Two-fer. “Team Captain” Matt Hurst (Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel) captured DATA’s Hospitality Cup (As the top scoring hotel property, the Hilton gets bragging and display rights until next year.). BTW, with teammates Daniel Evans (left) and Joe High, the Hilton Washington Dulles threesome also won DATA’s 15th Annual Golf Tournament September 9th at Westfields Golf Club!

Building Up To Something Big! Capital Rail Constructors team (Left to right: Don Garrow, Korey Young, Mike Kearsley and Stephen Watts) laying the foundation for a Tournament win in 2017. Evidence they’re already on track? This year, Korey Young took home an individual trophy for Longest Drive (Men).

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The holidays are fast approaching as we say goodbye to fall. Typically this is a very busy, and stressful time of year for everyone. The Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah holidays represent the most concentrated travel times of the year. This time of year also represents a popular time to visit Washington, DC, particularly with the recent opening of the National African American Museum and all of the holiday activities. Our article on METRO’s SafeTrack initiative will help you navigate through the planned closings and single tracking and our ongoing article “Dulles Matters,” provides some travel tips should you be heading out of town through one of our local airports. Many of our local communities are sponsoring parades, tree and menorah lightings

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and festivals that celebrate the holidays. These events start early in November, so check out our holiday calendar of events to learn more and plan your local activities. Speaking of communities, our feature article highlights Western Fairfax, a major part of DATA’s service area and a region that is developing (or more specifically, has already developed) into a virtual city on its own merits. With the opening of the Silver Line and the anticipated benefits it will add to commuting and traveling to and through Western Fairfax, many technology and innovation focused businesses are locating in this area because they see the attractiveness of the transportation oriented development that is taking place. Gerry Gordon, Executive Director of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority provides

an excellent overview of what the future holds for this region. Also in this edition you will find articles that highlight a new rideshare app, major findings of the latest State of the Commute Report, and information on Reston’s new Bikeshare and parking programs. Lastly, we say goodbye to a long time employee at DATA, Lynn Bostain, who is retiring and moving “across the pond” to Italy. Lynn has been an integral part of the DATA team and will be sorely missed, both professionally and personally. However, we are mostly jealous of her for the fact that once she settles into her new flat in Tuscany, Lynn will surely be embodying the lifestyle of Live More Commute Less! Way to go Lynn!

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METRO SafeTrack Update for November and December 2016

Two significant disruptions of METRO service will occur in November and December along the Red and Orange Lines (impacts on Silver Line as well). Maintenance schedules can change; it is advisable to check the WMATA website at http://www.wmata. com/rail/safetrack.cfm.

RED LINE: October 29 through November 22, 2016. SAFETRACK SURGE #10: FORT TOTTEN TO NOMA • Line segment shutdown between NoMa & Fort Totten from October 29 through

November 22, 2016.

• Red Line trains will run in two segments: Shady Grove to NoMa every 6 minutes and Glenmont to Fort Totten every 10 minutes • Two stations will be closed: Brookland-CUA and Rhode Island Ave • Shuttle buses will replace trains between NoMa and Fort Totten • Expect crowding on all trains due to less frequent Red Line service • Green Line provides alternate path for travel between Fort Totten and Gallery Place • Red Line customers

should consider alternate travel options and avoid traveling during rush-hour periods if possible; expect trains to be extremely crowded ORANGE LINE: November 28 through December 21, 2016. SAFETRACK SURGE #11: EAST FALLS CHURCH TO WEST FALLS CHURCH • Orange Line trains will continuously single track between West Falls Church and East Falls Church from November 28 through December 21, 2016. • Orange Line trains

will run every 16 minutes between Vienna and New Carrollton • Additional Orange Line trains will run from East Falls Church to New Carrollton • Silver Line trains will run every 16 minutes • Expect crowding on Orange/Silver line trains • Orange/Silver customers should consider alternate travel options and travel outside of rush-hour periods if possible

Three Kings Day: Another celebration to add to your holiday calendar BY ELIZABETH DARAK One of the Mexican celebrations that few people know about is Three Kings Day, celebrated on January 6th each year.

According to the story, the three Wise Men (called in that time “magicians”, although they were actually astronomers) arrived

in Bethlehem to worship the newborn Jesus. The festivities take place mainly at home and center around children.

On the night of January 5th , the children write their letter with all the gifts they want and put it inside a shoe or wrapped in a string with a balloon filled with helium and let it go. It is important to say this letter is selfcritical, assessing whether or not the child was good during the year! The Three Kings Day comes with another tradition: the “Rosca de Reyes.” During the era of the kings of France, bread was made with a lima bean placed inside, and the person who found it in the bread would receive the gift that the King had prepared for the event. The tradition changed a bit when it arrived in the Americas. In Mexico the Rosca is a round cake decorated with pieces of orange and lime, and is filled with nuts, figs, and

cherries. And now, instead of finding a lima bean in the bread, a little plastic doll representing Jesus is placed in the bread. The person who receives the piece of bread with this doll inside has to make the tamales used in the fiesta de la Candelaria on February 2. This celebration is the last of the Christmas festivities, 40 days after Jesus’s birth. This is how every year, on January 6, families all across Mexico gather around their tables to celebrate the “Three Kings Day” and share the “rosca de Reyes” with a cup of hot chocolate.

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The Ever Changing Nature of Commuting in DC Region As noted previously in this publication, commuters in the Washington, DC region are a savvy, resilient lot. Through thick and thin the region’s commuters seem to adapt to the changing nature of our transportation choices – both good and bad. On September 21 the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Commuter Connections staff briefed the Transportation Planning Board about the results of its 2016 State of the Commute Survey. The survey, conducted every 3 years, examines commuting behaviors such as teleworking

and taking public transit, the average length of a commute in the region, and commuters’ attitudes toward commuting modes. According to the survey, here are the four main ways that commuting in the D.C. region has changed since the last report in 2013: • Commuters are driving alone less. The share of commuters who drive alone dropped from 65.8 percent in 2013 to 61 percent in 2016. • More commuters are teleworking and taking public transit. In 2016, 32 percent of commuters reported working remotely or from

home at least occasionally, which is up from 27 percent in 2013. About 20 percent of commuters reported taking a train or bus to get to work, up from about 17 percent three years ago. • Average commutes are longer. In 2016, the average one-way commute distance is 17.3 miles and the average one-way commute time is 39 minutes. In 2013, the average one-way commute distance was 16 miles and the average one-way commute time was 36 minutes. • Metrorail riders are less satisfied with their

commutes and bicyclists and walkers are more satisfied with their commutes. Metrorail riders had the lowest satisfaction of any travel mode, with a 48 percent satisfaction rate in 2016, which is down from 67 percent three years ago. People who walk or bike were the most satisfied with their commutes with a satisfaction rate of 97 percent in 2016, growing from 93 percent in 2013. These four trends just represent the cusp of information collected during the survey process.

To learn more about the survey or Commuter Connections, contact Laura Ambrosio at, or (202) 962-3278.

White House Endorses Transit Oriented Development

In a policy paper release on September 26th, the Obama Administration demonstrated its support for policies that support transit oriented

development, and in particular, the need to reduce parking requirements in urban areas. The paper also supports urban policies such as increas-

ing densities and encouraging local governments to tax vacant lands at higher rates to promote redevelopment. For advocates of transit oriented development and supporters of vibrant urban living, the policy paper is music to their ears. The report notes that “Parking requirements generally impose an undue burden on housing development, particularly for transitoriented or affordable housing.” When transit-oriented developments are intended to help reduce automobile dependence, parking requirements can undermine that goal by inducing new residents to

drive, thereby counteracting city goals for increased use of public transit, walking and biking.” Parking, or reducing minimum parking requirements, has fostered debates for decades. During the 1970s, 80s and 90s, many local government zoning policies were actually increasing their minimum parking space requirements. The auto centric suburbs, where car ownership was ballooning, seemed to be driving parking policies in the more urban areas. In urban areas, the requirement to provide more parking drove up construction

costs, and thus put a strain on affordable housing. Urban and transit oriented development advocates have long argued the need to reduce parking to reduce the dependence on driving. Many urban areas, like Washington, DC, have already adopted similar policies. The overall impact that such a policy paper has on local governments isn’t always direct, but such a policy stance by an administration can drive how government programs operate, prioritize and funds grant programs and projects. Stay tuned.

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The Facts on Parking at Reston Town Center Consistent with Reston Town Center’s original long-term plan for the community, the property will transition from free to paid parking on January 1, 2017. Here’s everything you need to know so you’re prepared for the change.

Why paid parking?

All of the Reston garages have seen a continued increase in use over the past five years. In early 2014, Boston Properties began to collect real time data in order to better understand the use and occupancy patterns of the various garages. In 2016, the decision was made to implement a nominal hourly fee to provide more patrons convenient parking access to RTC’s world-class amenities, while offering free parking on weekends, holidays and signature event dates, as well as to retail employees.

How will it work?

Supported by Passport (, the largest provider of mobile payment software for parking in North America, customers will be able to download the free ParkRTC parking app and pay for street or garage parking using their mobile devices. Patrons can find parking more quickly using enhanced wayfinding and parking guidance systems, pay for parking from the comfort of their own vehicles, extend parking time without having to run to an expiring meter, view and print receipts online and take advantages of discounts and validations from participating retailers and businesses. Patrons who choose not to download the app can use one of four garage pay stations or call 571.485.7790 to pay for parking by entering their zone, vehicle information, length of stay and preferred payment method (credit or debit card).

What is LiveSafe?

As part of Reston Town Center’s ongoing commitment to provide a safe place to live, work and shop, the LiveSafe mobile application for Reston Town Center was fully activated on October 1, allowing all guests to send and receive critical real-time safety and security information directly to onsite safety and security personnel. LiveSafe ( allows guests to request help and report maintenance issues or suspicious activity and also provides for instant communication in the event of an emergent situation such as severe weather warnings or a security breach. Nearly 10,000 people have already downloaded the ParkRTC app. Beginning October 1, anyone who downloads the app will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 gift card that can be used anywhere at Reston Town Center. For more information about ParkRTC, visit




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Holiday Festivities for the Family November 23 Bull Run Festival of Lights

November 23–January 2; Monday – Thursday: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m, Friday – Sunday & Holidays*: 5:30-10pm *Holidays include Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day, Bull Run Regional Park. The Bull Run Festival of Lights is a NoVA favorite. Hop in the car and enjoy a very merry light and music show. Be advised: Fridays are one of the festival’s busiest days, so be prepared. Still, it’s one of the best days to go, as the carnival will be open until late! Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville; 703-359-4633; For info:; Prices vary.

25 Reston Holiday Parade, Tree Lighting, and Sing Along

11:00am–10:00pm; Reston Town Center. Reston Town Center launches the festive season at the 26th annual Reston Holiday Parade at 11:00 a.m. with Macy’s-style balloons, musicians, dancers, antique cars, characters, community groups, dignitaries, special guest emcees, and much more. The one-of-a-kind, one-hour, half-mile parade along Market Street also welcomes the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage. Since 1991, rain or shine, the parade has been an annual tradition on the day after Thanksgiving. Before the parade begins, thousands of jingle bells will be handed out to spectators lining the route. After the parade, enjoy visits and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus plus Mini-Train rides until 4:30 pm, and street entertainment. The Clauses will return for the Fountain Square Tree Lighting and Sing Along at 6 pm. Afterwards, there’ll be horsedrawn carriage rides on Market Street from 6:30 until 10 pm. Proceeds from the photos and rides benefit local


charities. The acclaimed Ice Skating Pavilion is open all day and every day from November until March. Phone: 703-579-6720

25 Christmas at Mount Vernon

Friday, November 25 – Friday, January 6; 9:00am–4:00pm; George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. Mount Vernon has decked the halls for the holiday season and invites you to celebrate this festive time of year with a special daytime program offered through January 6! Visit George Washington’s estate and see Aladdin the camel on the grounds, in honor of the camel that Washington paid to have visit Mount Vernon in 1787. Stroll through the estate during the Christmas season and see sparkling holiday decorations, featuring 12 dazzling Christmas trees, and historical chocolate-making demonstrations. Experience Christmas how the Washington’s would have celebrated it on a tour of the Mansion. Go behind-the-scenes and tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion. 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA 22309. Phone: 703-780-2000; Admission Fee: $17/adults; $8 child.

The National Christmas Tree will be illuminated every night through January 1. The Pathway of Peace around the National Christmas Tree is free and open to visitors 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through January 1. The pathway loops around the National Christmas Tree and features 56 unique Christmas trees and ornament displays representing every U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia. Located on the Ellipse on Constitution Avenue side of the White House. Though January 1, 2017.


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1 National Christmas Tree and State Trees

Ellipse in Washington, D.C. The National Park Foundation and National Park Service will present the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting. Popular entertainers and a United States military band add to the celebratory evening when the President of the United States lights the National Christmas Tree and brings a message of peace to the nation and world. To learn more about the National Christmas Tree Lighting and December events at the National Christmas Tree, please visit

Carriage ride at Reston Town Center (available Saturdays in December). Photo courtesy of Reston Town Center.

Friday, December 2 – Sunday, December 4; Downtown. Festivities begin with the Tree Lighting Ceremony and Carols, behind the Pink Box, 12 North Madison St., 5:00pm on Friday. Starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, the Middleburg Hunt takes to the streets creating a spectacular sight as approximately 100 horses, riders in red coats and dozens of hounds come through the town. The Middleburg Christmas Parade begins at 2 p.m. as spectators line the sidewalks along Washington Street (Route 50) to watch as a unique assortment of floats, troops and bands march by in a mile-long parade. In keeping with the animal friendliness of the town, the parade includes over 700 horses, llamas, alpacas and dogs. Not to be missed are the antique

fire trucks, children on floats, and of course, Santa brings up the rear riding on a beautiful horse drawn coach. Through the day there are hayrides, choir performances, the Garden Club’s Christmas Flower & Greens Show and the Craft Show as well as shopping and dining in the town’s shops and restaurants, creating a day-long family festival for visitors. A Wine Crawl is the final element, allowing adults to wind down and relax while sampling wines from area vineyards, and foods in local restaurants. On Sunday, December 4, enjoy the Christmas Pageant at Foxcroft School featuring live animals, a 100-year old tradition! Admission is free. Phone: 540-6878888. Visit christmasinmiddleburg. org for more info.

2 Merry Old Town: Manassas Christmas Tree Lighting 5:30pm–8:00pm; Manassas Museum Lawn. Make time to enjoy oldfashioned family fun at the “Merry Old Town” celebration in Old Town Manassas! The holiday fun begins at 5:30 p.m. with holiday music and at 6:00 p.m. when Santa arrives at the Manassas Depot via VRE train. The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be at 6:30 at the Manassas Museum. Take a free hayride around Old Town and go for a skate at the Harris Pavilion ice rink. Of course, Santa

NOV/DEC 2016 will hear the Christmas wishes of all the children at the Harris Pavilion gazebo. 9101 Prince William Street. Free admission.

2 Town of Leesburg Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting

6:00pm; Town Green. Join friends and neighbors and celebrate the start of the holiday season in Leesburg at the annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony on the Town Green. The festive ceremony will feature performances from local schools and a holiday message. The crowd will be encouraged to join in on a holiday sing-a-long and view the lighting of the Christmas tree and menorah.

3 Herndon Annual Tree Lighting and Sing-Along

5:00pm–6:00pm; Town of Herndon Town Square. Start the holiday


season with this annual celebration. Carols, tree lighting, and a visit from Santa. Corner of Lynn and Elden Streets, Herndon. Sponsored by the Dulles Regional Chamber. 730 Elden Street. Phone: 571-323-5301. Free admission.

3 Merry Old Town: 71st Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade

10:00am–12:00pm; Historic Downtown. Free parking for the parade is available in the parking garage on the corner of Prince William St. and Main St. There is also timed parking available on the street. Handicapped parking is available in the BB&T parking lot located on Center Street and the 7-11 parking lot located at the corner of Grant and Center Street. Free admission. Rain or shine. Visit for details, including parade route.

3 Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show at Ida Lee Recreation Center

9:00am-4:00pm and December 4th, 10:00am-4:00pm; No big-box shopping here! This show features over 90 local and regional artisans selling hand-made items including candles, stained glass, carved wood, jewelry, leather products, table linens, and much more. Find something for everyone on your shopping list and a little something to brighten your home this season. Admission and parking for this show are free.

4 Herndon Holiday Arts and Crafts Show 10:00am-4:00pm; Herndon Community Center. Over 80 artisans and craftspeople will exhibit and sell their work at this annual arts and crafts show sponsored by the Town of Herndon Department of Parks and Recreation. A variety of handcrafted

9 items and fine art will be on sale including wreaths, quilts, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, decorations, original artwork, photography, stained glass, and more. 814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon, VA. Free admission and parking. Additional parking at the Herndon Centennial Golf Course.

10 Annual Leesburg Christmas and Holiday Parade

6:00pm; On the second Saturday of December, the holiday spirit will be in full swing as Leesburg hosts the annual holiday parade starting at 6pm. The parade will usher Santa and his friends down King Street, through Historic Leesburg. The parade will begin at Ida Lee Drive and end at Fairfax Street. Parade participation is open to the public, including businesses, civic groups, teams, organizations, and community groups. For more information, call 703.777.1368 or visit

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Western Fairfax – The Rise of An Innovation and Technology Center BY GERALD L. GORDON, Ph.D

This is an exciting time in western Fairfax County as it continues to mature as a community and an employment center. Metro’s Silver Line is changing the way people live and work in Tysons Corner, and major changes are also coming to western Fairfax

County as the second phase of the Silver Line is built through Reston and Herndon to Washington Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County. These changes – creating more transit-oriented employment opportunities, shopping and housing options – will

be felt before and after Silver Line construction finishes in 2019 or 2020. More than 40 percent of the office space in Fairfax County already resides in the western end of the county: Reston, Herndon, Chantilly and Centreville. Employers, many of which are in technology

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sectors and professional services, are drawn by the presence of the airport, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 28, a highly educated workforce, and quality-of-life assets such as a wide range of housing options and excellent public schools. Because those assets are so strong, so is the outlook for long-term growth in western Fairfax. Much of that growth would be concentrated near one of the Silver Line stations under construction, and much of it would be mixed-use development – in other words, a combination of office, residential, retail and institutional uses. There are about 28 million square feet of mixed-use projects in the development pipeline for western Fairfax County. Virtually all of the proposals are close to a Silver Line station, which would make western Fairfax even more of a lure for innovative companies and the workforce they want to attract from around the Washington region. Projects include some that are under construction,

such as Reston Station that is sprouting at the WiehleReston East Metro Station with 1.5 million square feet, including 550,000 square feet of office space, and the Reston Heights project that is adding 2.4 million square feet of mixed uses, including 1 million square feet of office space, near the Sheraton Reston Hotel. Some projects have received approval from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, such as One Reston Town Center on Reston Parkway. It would be the tallest office building in Reston at 330 feet tall and would add 420,000 square feet of commercial space to our inventory. Developers are waiting to line up an anchor tenant for the building before construction begins. Finally, some projects are wending their way through the county’s approval process. These include Innovation Center, which would straddle the Dulles Toll Road near Route 28 at the Innovation Station on the Silver Line. It would have 1.6 million square feet of development, including 500,000 square feet of office space.

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This pipeline of development, and the location of the proposed development, is critical because western Fairfax County will continue to grow as a commercial hub thanks to the Silver Line. A 2014 study by Transwestern, a large commercial real estate brokerage group, predicted that the Reston area will add 17,600 jobs between 2015 and 2040, and more than 60 percent of those jobs will be located within a half-mile of a Metro station. Likewise, the Herndon area could add 20,000 jobs by 2040, the study suggests, and two-thirds of those jobs will be located within a half-mile of a rail station. If the past is any guide, most of the growth will come from the sectors that have built the Fairfax County economy – information technology, defense and aerospace, engineering services, financial services,

software and telecommunications – and from the innovative sectors of digital media, cybersecurity, data analytics and life sciences that are taking advantage of the skilled workforce and market opportunities here. A Time magazine columnist wrote that Fairfax County “is one of the great economic success stories of our time.” The county is home to eight Fortune 500 headquarters, but it also is home to more than 150 companies on the Inc. 5000 list of fast-growing entrepreneurial businesses. Many of them are located in western Fairfax County. A thriving, diversified employment center in western Fairfax is vitally important to furthering the economic wellbeing of the entire county. This builds the commercial tax base that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors uses to fund the high-quality

public services that are a key part of the quality of life in the county. The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority works with companies to locate and expand in the county, to create jobs and build that commercial tax base. The FCEDA staff offers site location services, market intelligence, business development assistance, and connections with county and state government agencies. Anyone who works or lives in western Fairfax County can attest to the dramatic transformation of the area from a farming community to one of the nation’s most dynamic business centers in barely two generations. The transportation projects underway, and the development projects under construction and on the drawing board, will help the area continue to evolve as a great place to work as well as to live. Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., is president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. Visit for more information.

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Arrivederci, Lynn! In less than two weeks, Lynn Bostain, DATA’s Director of Employer Outreach, sets sail on her next great adventure – literally. Lynn and her awesome dog Flori depart on the Queen Mary in mid-November, realizing what was once just a dream of retiring “under the Tuscan sun.” As a former hospitality and tourism executive, Lynn’s choice of retirement at an agriturismo (a farmhouse that also accommodates tourists) seems a natural one. Before joining DATA in 2009, Lynn was Manager of the Washington office of the Virginia Tourism Corporation. She later served as Meetings Marketing Manager for the Washington, DC region, where she exceeded the Governor’s goal for incoming meetings. She has also been Sales Manager for a number of local attractions, including the Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Kennedy Center, and Colonial Williamsburg. At DATA, Lynn worked directly

with high profile clients like Reston Hospital Center, NRO, and Northrop Grumman to promote commuting choices that encourage employees to leave their single occupant vehicles in the driveway. She supported efforts like DATA’s annual Live More Commuter Challenge by onsite recruitment of participants interested in trying different modes from transit to telework. Working closely with Reston Hospital Center, Lynn facilitated the fulfillment of proffer requirements for the expansion of the facility. As DATA’s representative to the DAAMC (Dulles Airport Airline Management Council), Lynn forged a strong relationship with Airport management and with the businesses that serve the Airport and its passengers. She formed one of DATA’s first vanpools - from Washington to Dulles - and helped several clients conduct successful employee surveys, including DATA’s E3Calc proprietary greenhouse gas calculator for business.

For years an Adjunct Professor in the Travel and Tourism Department at Northern Virginia Community College, Lynn was an Independent Tour Manager for People-to-People, organizing group travel domestically, throughout Europe and to the People’s Republic of China. Her memberships include the Association of Meeting Professionals and the American Society of Association Executives; she is certified as a meeting professional (CMP) and a Travel Counselor (CTC). Lynn graduated from George Washington University with a B.A. in Anthropology and completed course work in the Master’s Travel Program. Long involved in Alexandria community activities, Lynn’s a Past President of the Seminary West Civic Association and active in WEBA (West End Business Association). Since 1972, she’s also been a foster parent to son Conrad. Not only DATA, but the many

people whose lives she’s touched both professionally and personally will miss Lynn while wishing her well. “Divertiti,” Lynn!

A Good Excuse To Party!

DATA’s third annual “party with a purpose” included plenty to enjoy and to inform! The 2016 Live More Block Party was held September 20 at the Reston Town Center Pavilion in partnership with METRO. With promotional support from Boston Properties, the Reston Association, and the Reston Town Center Association, the event drew more than 150 attendees over a 3-hour period.

More than 15 tabletop exhibits showcased commuting choices from vanpooling to ridesharing to biking. Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties’ transportation groups participated as did Enterprise Rideshare, METRO, and LINK among others. New this year was the MATT (Mobile Accessible Travel Training) Bus, a Fairfax Connector bus renovated and designed to train people how to travel

safely and independently on regional transit systems. Originally designed for senior citizens, DATA plans to utilize the MATT Bus in outreach to underserved populations through its federal-funded JARC (Job Access Reverse Commute) grant. More than 60 people signed up for the first ever WalkAround, an untimed perambulation through the Center to promote walking. In return,

most received a WalkAround t-shirt and coupons from Town Center merchants in a logoed Fairfax County tote. Interestingly enough, attendees continued to sign up for future walking events even after the incentives were gone. Names gathered will be used to enlist people for the upcoming Live More Commuter Challenge. For kids, the ever-popular face painter returned. In addition, there were two shows by the Bob Brown Puppets, delighting not only mothers with small children but adults on their lunch break; many stopped by other exhibits after the shows. Suggestions from the DATA staff as well as exhibitors will make the 2017 Live More Block Party an even more effective way to showcase the benefits of leaving your single occupant vehicle in the driveway and exploring commuting options. And that’s the real purpose of our party!

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A Glimpse At International Holiday Traditions: Day of the Dead BY SAIRA ATHIE Yes! I love the dead… Especially when it comes dressed like a party queen, when it smells like flowers, when she invites me to eat pumpkin and to drink mescal in a table with candles. On November 2nd of each year, families throughout Latin America, and now many in the United States, celebrate The Day of the Dead. I celebrate the “dead” every year. I love it because of my mother Laura, taught me the tradition when I was a child, that the dead is a friend, not an enemy. “The dead likes to be invited to our house,” she used to say, ‘we must honor her’. So every November we would organize a party for that mystery woman dressed in black.

My sisters and I helped with preparations. Before the moon came out, we put out glasses with water, peppers, photographs of our most beloved people, one black dog, salt, a large tree branch and various celebration dishes such as chocolate, Tequila, yellow flowers called cempasúchil, copal incense and two very special components for the only “Dead party” celebrated in all the world: sugar skulls called “Calaveritas”, and cut paper in different colors with several figures on it. My mom used to bake a traditional bread with a secret recipe. The bread was the “master piece” of the party: “The Dead’s Bread” (Pan de

muerto), with a sugar coat, wearing thin pieces of sweet bones on the top, awaiting the arrival of midnight in the middle of the table. None of us were permitted to eat until the next day. Despite some childhood nightmares, I love the Dead, because of “her” my two sisters and I: Laura and Paloma, used to have one of the most beautiful Mexicans traditions every year. Because of “her”, we learned the secret “Pan de Muerto”recipe. All because of that celebration called: “The day of the Dead” (El Día de Muertos). El Día de Muertos is more spectacular and colorful than any other celebration in the world, and it connects us with the

ancient inhabitants of my great country: Mexico. The Día de Muertos is a traditional and very ancient Mexican celebration from the Mesoamerican cultures. It has been celebrated for centuries on November first and second. The first day is dedicated to all the children we have lost, and the second, to the adult people that no longer live on this earth. Honoring the dead with flowers, music and dishes is a time to laugh and dance, not for crying. It is a time to remember that someday, our beloved dead ones and us, will be together again. Saira Athie is the newest member of Team DATA and works with employee outreach and ridematching.

The Catrina, is a famous skeleton woman dressed with fancy clothes invented and drawn by the famous Mexican cartoonist José Posada, in the Mexican Revolution. It has become an icon of the Day of the Dead symbolizing the differences between poor and rich people.

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Finances Tight for the Holidays? Try These Everyday Money Saving Tips BY JANEEN MOUNTZ We all know we should save more money than we do, but it can be difficult since everything seems to cost an arm and a leg these days. It often becomes very evident during the holiday season. Whether we need to pay down debt, build an emergency fund, or save for retirement, cutting our spending and increasing our savings is key. Consider trying some of these money saving tips, and hopefully you’ll see your savings grow.

Change up your commute

Changing your commute might be a big adjustment, but it could save you a lot of money in the long run. Instead of driving to work every day, ask your employer about working four, 10-hour days to save money on gas (and score an “extra day” off work). You could also ask if working from home is a possibility. If these aren’t good options for you, try taking the metro or bus to work, or even consider biking to work. Carpooling is another cheap alternative if you live

fairly close to your coworkers or a commuter lot.

Download money saving apps

If you do a little research, you’ll find there really is an app for just about everything. You can find apps that can save you money on groceries, clothes, restaurants, gas prices, hotels, and parking. Here’s a website that lists a bunch of money saving apps: http://bit. ly/25moneysavingapps. Happy downloading!

Check out Amazon Subscribe and Save

For commonly used goods, like tea and coffee or even diapers, Amazon’s Subscribe and Save function can cut back on the time and money you spend shopping. If you go through a 72-count box of K-Cups every month, you can save $2 per month off your coffee bill by scheduling automatic deliveries of your java through Amazon. With free shipping for orders over $35 (or free shipping on any amount if you

have Amazon Prime) and automatic ordering, this system can be your set it and forget it path to savings. To start saving, visit

Wait before you buy

If you want to buy something expensive, try waiting 24 to 48 hours before buying it. Decide if you really need the item right away or if it’s something that’s not all that important. Think about your financial goals and how buying the item will affect those goals. You might be surprised how “sleeping on it” can affect your decision.

Review your finances

It’s hard to achieve your savings goals if you don’t go over your finances periodically. Try to do a quick review of your accounts once a week and look over your spending habits. If you notice your spending is high in a specific category like eating out for example, then you can aim to eat out less. Also, if you note any of your monthly bills becoming overly

expensive, see if you can lower them. Compare pricing on things like insurances, cable services, cell phone providers, and loan rates. There are many more ways to save money including shopping at outlets or thrift stores, making handmade gifts and DIY household products, and borrowing books from the library, just to name a few. For more money saving ideas, check out and Depositing your money in

Dulles Matters

Holiday Travel at Dulles International BY ROB YINGLING The fall and winter holidays are a busy and festive time at Dulles International Airport. As families prepare to reunite and relax, the airport puts its best foot forward to welcome travelers. Dozens of new shops and restaurants opened this year, and a one-of-a kind kids’ play area near gate B70 has been a smash hit. Moms

on the go will find that Dulles has several private nursing rooms pre- and post-security. And flyers looking for the speediest option at the security checkpoint can instantly enroll in the CLEAR registered traveler program. Dulles is also proud to re-introduce its airport magazine, #FlyWashington, to

travelers. Pick up a free copy at the airport or download it online at The inaugural issue features a cover story about the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. The pages inside include a holiday gift guide, airport updates, favorite recipes from chefs of airport

restaurants and articles about great nonstop destinations from Dulles that will take the edge off of winter’s chill. Visit the airport’s website at to learn about seasonal and holiday entertainment coming to the main terminal.

a separate savings account or certificate can make saving easier and earn you monthly dividends. Whatever option you choose, Signature FCU can help you make the right choice for your lifestyle. We offer an annual Signature Savings account, Money Market accounts, and several certificate options to help meet your financial goals. Call us at (800) 336.0284, or visit www. for more information on our products and services.

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Tech Corner

New Ridematching App Puts a FREE Carpool at Your Fingertips! Utilizing the power of technology and coupling it with the resources of their vast database of carpoolers, the Commuter Connections program has developed and recently released CarpoolNow App, a free way to find in real time a carpool or a rider. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Commuter Connections program launched CarpoolNow, a new rideshare app that gives commuters in the metropolitan Washington region the ability to carpool on-demand and in realtime, immediately connecting users who are offering a ride with those seeking a ride. It also displays routes, estimates pickup times, and confirms pick-up and drop-off locations. Unlike apps such as Uber and Lyft, Commuter Connections’ CarpoolNow is free to use at no cost to the driver or passenger. This effort is the most recent in Commuter Connections 40-year history of saving commuters time and money and helping the region’s environment and economy by reducing the number of commuters that drive alone. “We are very excited to provide commuters in the D.C. region with the CarPoolNow app, making carpooling more convenient than ever,” said Nicholas Ramfos, Director



BikeShare Comes To Reston Beginning in October, Fairfax County and the Capital Bikeshare program began installing bike stations throughout the Reston area. In total, there will be over130 bicycles available in Reston at 15 stations located near WiehleReston East Metrorail Station, in Reston Town Center and spread throughout the nearby Reston community. To learn more about Capital Bikeshare and how it works visit To learn more about the Reston Capital Bikeshare project visit http://

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of Commuter Connections. “In addition to using the app during regular commuting times, the app could also be helpful for carpooling during WMTA’s SafeTrack and other special or sporting events.” The CarpoolNow app– developed in consultation with technology solutions company, Media Beef, Inc.– is available for download in Apple iTunes and Google Play stores and soon in BlackBerry World. After downloading the app, users create or login to their Commuter Connections account to offer a ride or request a ride with other members logged in at or near their location. With a Commuter Connections account, users also have access to Commuter Connections’ network of services such as Guaranteed Ride Home, which provides commuters with a reliable ride home in case of unexpected emergencies. CONTACT: Laura Ambrosio: (202) 962-3278; Anne Marie Corbalis: (914) 821-5100;


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