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Spring is in the air and that means folks are ready to get outside and enjoy the weather. What better way to do so than to bike to work? Yes, the month of May marks the annual Bike to Work Day, but we are upping the ante to say, let’s do Bike to Work Week! You can do it! And if you need assistance in figuring out how, contact the Dulles Area Transportation Association and we will assist you (see masthead for contact information). This year also marks the 50th Anniversary of the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival. This annual celebration is free, located on the National Mall in DC, and spans two weeks before and after July 4th weekend. Each year the festival celebrates the rich history and cultures of our nation and countries around the world. This year, the festival takes a somewhat different look at a long rich culture – the circus arts. As Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus folds its tents after nearly 50 years of entertaining, Circus Arts is actually very alive and thriving. Visit the Folklife Festival to learn more about this unique culture and see some of the more famous entertainers from across the world.

April marked another milestone of sorts. The esteemed Robert Thomson, better known as Dr. Gridlock, retired from the Washington Post after spending more than a decade providing essential information and advice to commuters throughout the Washington metropolitan region. Dr. Gridlock was a great friend of DATA and will be sorely missed as the “go to” person to answer any and all of our commuting questions. We have reproduced some of his last Washington Post article in this edition of @livemore. Lastly, as the weather warms and we all think about travel plans for the summer, just recognize what a great place the Washington region is to live, work and play! As this edition further points out, the communities of the greater DC area continue to be recognized as some of the top places to live in our country. Be it job opportunities, hipness, education, or the abundance of recreational opportunities, we live in one of the best regions in the US. So, get out of your car, ride a bike to work…and Live More and Commute Less!

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McAuliffe Appoints Former USDOT Secretary LaHood To Find METRO Fixes On March 23rd Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to oversee an independent panel to look into METRO’s long term financial needs and regional means of governance. Both topics have been under increasing scrutiny by all federal, state and local players who have a stake in making METRO “whole” again.

Consistent, dedicated funding has been a thorn in the side of METRO for decades, hampering its ability to provide consistent and adequate resources to operations and maintenance. As a result, over this past year riders have experienced a series of “Safety Surges” which have addressed long overdue maintenance, but have also negatively impacted service. The LaHood appointment may signal a

turning point, in which a mostly independent (though funded by Virginia but supported by both Maryland and the District of Columbia) panel will delve into the politically charged issues of funding and governance. LaHood brings to the table a bipartisan background, having served as both a Republican congressman from Illinois and as Secretary of Transportation under President Obama

from 2009 – 2013. LaHood also brokered an agreement on federal and state funding disputes for the Silver Line with many of the Washington metropolitan stakeholders. LaHood comes to the table well respected and with a very credible background in transportation and governing. Among the myriad of concerns facing METRO, LaHood will attempt to find solutions to continued federal

funding for METRO, while also allaying fears of a federal control board. Recognizing that METRO must transform itself to survive, LaHood’s appointment by Governor McAuliffe clearly sends a signal to all that Virginia is seriously vested in METRO and wants to see this vital public transit system succeed.

Are You Happy Now? If not, well…perhaps you want to move to Fremont, California (#1 Ranking Baby!), or Sioux Falls, South Dakota (merely 5th). These are two communities that outranked Washington, D.C. as being some of the “Happiest Places to Live,” according to a recent survey conducted by WalletHub. How are these rankings compiled, one might ask? The survey asked about adequate sleep rates (you know Washingtonians don’t sleep – bad!), lowest and highest depression rates (as a political town, that is probably a wash), the most worked hours (we’re in the tank because we are a town of workaholics), income growth (now we gotcha!), obesity rate (not going there), and sports participation levels (well if you’re talking residents – extremely high, professional teams – ugh – but on the incredible rise!). So Washington came in 10th behind a few notables, but at

least we rank! Perhaps this survey occurred prior to the recent news that both the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raider football teams were bolting their respective communities? They ranked 7th and 8th respectively – perhaps we’ve jumped them since Daniel Snyder hasn’t bolted Washington yet? Eight of the ten top winners were California cities. Sioux Falls and Washington were the outliers. Hmm… Is California that far ahead of the rest of the country in “happiness”? If so, then they must sleep a lot, are chilled, work when they want, are not worried about money, spend a lot of time eating well and working out (see money), and play and enjoy a lot of sports. Well, sounds pretty much like a darn happy place to me! But we still love Washington for what it is – A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE MORE AND COMMUTE LESS! And to BE HAPPY!

The Top Ten Happiest Place to Live 1. Fremont, CA 2. San Jose, CA 3. Irvine, CA 4. San Francisco, CA 5. Sioux Falls, SD 6. Huntington Beach, CA 7. San Diego, CA 8. Oakland, CA 9. Santa Rosa, CA 10. Washington, D.C.


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Old Folks on Spokes Storm Charm City BY DOUG PICKFORD Growing up I became a little familiar with Baltimore mainly through trips to Memorial and Camden Yards stadiums to see the Orioles play. In college I befriended a couple Baltimoreans and made a few more forays into the City with them. But over a recent weekend, I really got to see and learn more about Charm City than I had ever imagined. The celebration of my nephew’s wife’s 40th birthday (a young folk on spokes) offered us the ability to plan a surprise expedition to Baltimore. Unbeknownst to her, we planned a long weekend of activities and surprises. One such activity was a guided bike tour of the City…a great decision on so many counts. Recently my wife, friends and I (the Old Folks) have a modus operandi that involves booking bike tours in cities we visit. We’ve done such tours in places like Boston and New Orleans, and more recently Baltimore. On every tour we’ve taken, we have found the tour guides (and companies) to be extremely knowledgeable and super friendly. These tours are developed for novice riders and can usually include children (see tour guidelines

when booking for specifics). A huge advantage of doing bike tours instead of say, a walking tour, is that you are able to see far more areas of the city you are visiting. In Baltimore, we covered just about every neighborhood in the inner city in a three hour timeframe. For our tour, we booked with Light Street Cycles, located in the Federal Hill area of Baltimore. On our arrival (there were 12 Old Folks), bikes were tagged and ready to go. After a few slight adjustments, we hit the streets. Riding a few of the less traveled back streets in Federal Hill, you quickly realize why Baltimore is given the Charm City nickname – it is a truly charming place! Federal Hill reminds you of so many inner city areas that are fast becoming destinations where millennials are moving to… nice, well kept row homes in walkable (and bikeable) communities located close to downtown areas of employment. Bike lanes are appearing on most streets and access to places like the Inner Harbor is easy. Our itinerary took us from Federal Hill to Ft. McHenry, back to the Under Armour

headquarters, Domino Sugar, Baltimore Museum of Industry, Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Edgar Allen Poe’s grave, Babe Ruth’s birthplace, Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium…not to mention many unnamed neighborhoods and sections of the city in between. All along our guide reminded us of how “feisty” Baltimoreans were (and possibly still are) known to be, hinging many of their early fortunes on being privateers – or legal pirates who pillaged

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foreign ships for the government’s benefit. Joined by four additional riders midway through the ride, the Light Street guides certainly had a large contingent to deal with on city streets. Huge kudos go out to this company, as they made for an incredibly enjoyable, safe and informative tour. I highly recommend Light Street should you venture to Baltimore and want to experience more than just the Inner Harbor (which is what most

people do). Friendly, affordable and incredibly knowledgeable – perhaps the Light Street folks forgot to be feisty – or perhaps they simply are becoming more charming! Light Street Cycles 1124 Light Street Baltimore, Maryland 21230 410-685-2234

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DC Wants to Raise the Sustainability Bar

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A proposal being put forth by the DC Council will further incentivize workers to abandon their single occupant vehicles for more sustainable means of getting to work, mostly biking, walking and transit. The goal? To get 75% of commuters using sustainable forms of transportation. According to a March article in the Washington Post, the DC Council will be one of the first major metropolitan areas to adopt an enforceable program that brings equal benefits to commuters who choose to leave their cars behind and take alternative modes to work. Employers who offer free parking will be required to offer transit benefits to employees, thus encouraging them to abandon their single occupant vehicles. According to the Post article, Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), the lead sponsor of the bill, contends: The change… would address a fairness issue for the workers who sometimes turn down a valuable perk because they don’t drive or who are forced to take it because otherwise they can’t get the benefit any other way. The Transportation Benefits Equity Amendment Act of 2017 is one response to growing criticism that historically commuter benefits for drivers are better than those available to people who take other modes of transportation. For instance, a few years ago, transit agencies including Metro fought for parity in transit and parking in the federal commuter benefits program, which three years ago gave commuters the option to spend up to $130 on public transit pretax vs. $250 for parking. That started to change in 2015, and this year the cap for the transit benefit and the parking benefit is $255 per month. Currently, the District Department of Transportation indicates that about 40 percent of commuters drive to their place of employment. Reducing this to 25% will be a formidable task, but providing incentives, as the Council intends to do, is a proven method in energizing commuters to change their behavior.

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Celebration of Heritage and Culture – Folklife Festival Turns 50!

Photo by Mark Thiessen, courtesy of The NAMES Project Foundation. From the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage Website.

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an international exposition of living cultural heritage annually produced outdoors on the National Mall of the United States in Washington, D.C., by the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The Festival takes place for two weeks every summer overlapping the Fourth of July holiday. It is an educational presentation that features community-based cultural exemplars. Free to the public, like other Smithsonian museums, each Festival typically draws hundreds of thousands of visitors. Initiated in 1967, the Festival has become a national and international model of a research-based presentation of contemporary living cultural traditions. Over the years, it has brought more than 2,300 musicians, artists, performers, craftspeople, workers, cooks, storytellers, and others to the National Mall to demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and aesthetics that embody the creative vitality of community-based traditions. Arranged by geographic or cultural themes, the Festival has featured exemplary tradition bearers from more than 90 nations, every region

of the United States, scores of ethnic communities, more than a hundred American Indian groups, and some 70 different occupations. The Festival generally includes daily and evening programs of music, song, dance, celebratory performance, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling, illustrations of workers’ culture, and narrative sessions for discussing cultural issues. The Festival is an exercise in cultural democracy, in which cultural practitioners speak for themselves, with each other, and to the public. The Festival encourages visitors to participate—to learn, sing, dance, eat traditional foods, and converse with people presented in the Festival program. Like other Smithsonian museums, the Festival includes exhibition-quality signs, photo-text panels, a program book/catalog, learning centers, a marketplace, and food concessions. In recreating physical settings for the traditions represented, the Festival has built a horse racetrack (from the Washington Monument to the U.S. Capitol Building), an Indian village with forty-foot-high bamboo and paper statues, a Japanese rice paddy, and a New Mexican adobe plaza. The Festival is a complex production, over the years drawing on the

Photo by Jeff Tinsley, Smithsonian Institution. research and presentational skills of more than a thousand folklorists, cultural anthropologists, ethnomusicologists, and numerous other academic and lay scholars. Its production involves the expertise of hundreds of technical staff, the efforts of volunteers, and the backing of sponsors and supporters. The Festival has strong impacts on policies, scholarship, and folks “back home.” Many states and several nations have remounted Festival programs locally and used them to generate laws, institutions, educational programs, books, documentary films, recordings, and museum and traveling exhibitions. In many cases, the Festival has energized local and regional tradition bearers and their communities and, thus, helped to conserve and create cultural resources. Festival practice served as both the backdrop and inspiration for the consideration and ultimately the development of UNESCO’s 2003 International Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The Festival was a centerpiece of the U.S. Bicentennial, lasting for three months in 1976; it has provided models for numerous Presidential Inaugural programs, the Black Family Reunion, the Los Angeles Festival,

Southern Crossroads for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the Smithsonian’s 150th Birthday Party on the Mall, the National World War II Reunion, the First Americans Festival celebrating the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian, and Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration in honor of the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. As the largest annual cultural event in the U.S. capital, the Festival receives considerable publicity, typically reaching forty million readers and viewers through print and electronic media. In the past, the Festival was named the Top Event in the U.S. by the American Bus Association as a result of a survey of regional tourist bureaus—thus joining previous winners that include the Olympics and the World Expo. The Festival has also been the subject of numerous books, documentary films, scholarly articles, and debate.

Circus Arts June 29-July 4 and July 6-9, 2017 Since President George Washington attended John Bill Ricketts’ circus in Philadelphia in 1793, circus arts have intrigued generations of audiences throughout the United States.


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creativity in circus arts. Circus arts have evolved over time to reflect changing social tastes and values, technological innovations, and performance styles. Immigrants from all over the world continue to contribute their creativity and skills, foods,

languages, rituals, and other customs that enrich the circus arts. Across the country, emerging youth and social circuses and schools provide new opportunities for artistic expression. Marking its fiftieth anniversary in 2017, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival will bring the rich history, mystique and diversity of circus arts to life on the National Mall. But visitors will see more than just a performance— we’ll take you behind the scenes to learn from generations of American circus families and contemporary visionaries who are keeping the circus arts alive and engaging. Meet artists and coaches, costume designers, makeup artists, musicians, lighting and sound technicians, prop and tent designers, riggers, poster artists, wagon builders, cooks, and many others whose collective creative work brings the circus to life. Along with new students and celebrated mas-

ters, experience the many dimensions of circus arts through performances, demonstrations, and workshops under a big top tent and other colorful venues. Aerialists and acrobats will demonstrate their gravity-defying disciplines, combining strength and skill with grace and daring. Equilibrists and object manipulators will share their tricks that date from ancient times. Clowns will demonstrate mesmerizing transformations, tapping into the human heart and spirit. The 2017 Folklife Festival program will provide many opportunities for experiential exploration of the life and work of circus people in America today. Join us in Washington, D.C., June 29 through July 4 and July 6 through 9 on the National Mall between Seventh and Twelfth streets, adjacent to the Smithsonian Castle.

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Dr. Gridlock Retires Robert Thomson, best known as the Washington Post’s Dr. Gridlock, retired as of April 1. The Doctor has been an integral figure for commuters in the greater Washington, D.C. region since 2006, when he first began reporting on transportation issues for the Post. In his last column for the Post, Thomson reminisced on how he was anointed the “Doctor Gridlock” persona: “At first, I sought to maintain the title as just an alter

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ego. While Dan Tangherlini was in charge of Metro, he took me along on a tour of the Brentwood rail yard. He introduced me to workers there as “Dr. Gridlock,” and each time he did, I would shake hands with the employee and say, “Robert Thomson,” to indicate that I retained a separate personality.

These days, when I meet someone in a professional capacity, I say, “I’m Dr. Gridlock.” The response is either a smile of acceptance about the persona or the wide-eyed stare that says, “Does security know you’re here?”

Over the years Dr. Gridlock has served our region as a wise sage, exploring the intricacies of commuting, finding answers to our most absurd questions, and generally keeping his finger on the pulse of what the heck is going on with all this traffic in our region.

You should see me at cocktail parties. It’s like the old cartoons where people realize that a guest is a medical doctor and start divulging their symptoms. In my case, people who were strangers a moment before begin to share their deepest concerns — about their commutes.

You can only imagine what a challenge Mr. Thomson took on when he morphed into the guru of transportation in this region. Frankly, we are surprised he lasted as long as he did. Most of us “live” our commutes 1-3 hours a day, Thomson lived ALL our commutes 24/7/365! Can you imagine? In his last article he noted:

I love that. I’m a slug at parties until someone starts talking about why something is the way it is on a commute. Then you can’t shut me up.

Dr. Gridlock is like the chairman who presides over Kitchen Stadium on “Iron Chef.” You know he’s not really the chairman of anything, but it’s such a neat idea, you sort of want it to be real.

Some people take the idea a little too far. I’ve gotten “Dear Dr. Gridlock” letters expressing outrage over my response on topics such as right turns on red, or whether a driver absolutely must move into an intersection when waiting to make a left turn. The letter-writers would blame me for regionwide traffic congestion on the day after my column appeared.

Over the years, Thomson has always been a big supporter of the Dulles Area Transportation Association, speaking before our audiences and attending most of the public events and award ceremonies. DATA wishes the Doctor all the best in his retirement. He will be sorely missed, but we also wonder if there is a Resident or RN who will fill the gap in the coming years. After all, you cannot Live More and Commute Less without a good Doctor in the house!

In closing the Doctor’s chapter, we reiterate his final advice – “My wish for the fu-

ture is that people stop dividing themselves into categories based on how they get around and just look out for each other. We’re all in this together.” So true.

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Who Is the Chillest Of Them All?

Photo by Adam Fagen. Mirror, mirror on the wall, and tell you that you are!” My who might be the coolest of political wonk friends, defense DATA-2017-6-58125x4-rev-1.pdf 1 them all? “Oh little geek one, contractor nerds, and otherlet me check my Expedia Ball wise DC geeks, do not despair;

if you move to Arlington, you are in cool nirvana, according to Expedia. In fact, you are guaranteed hipness, because Arlington ranked 3rd, yes 3rd, in the U S of A as the most hip place to live! This is probably earth shattering news to anyone who doesn’t live in Arlington. In fact, this news may factor into future housing and professional decisions for scores of peeps who are on a continual search for hipdum. Even a visit or nine to check out the hippies in Arlington might be in store? 4/6/17 10:03 AM Astoundingly, but perhaps not unexpectedly by Arlingto-

nians (now this is NOT a hip name), the Rosslyn – Ballston corridor has been “hip” for about two decades and is now just getting its cred. Perhaps. But, before this, there were other hip, local places. Like Old Town – NOT! Ok, DC's Georgetown, Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, etc. What, they never ranked? Ok, big kudos to Arlington as Tysons, Springfield, Kingstowne, Reston and all of our other “hip” suburbs sit in envy. Ok, quit laughing. Arlington gets its due, and do you want to know why? METRO! The Orange Line brought hipness to commu-

nities that would be no different today than dozens of neighborhoods right outside of DC that have little or no public transit access. METRO brought hipness to Arlington and the leaders in Arlington were astute enough to recognize what they had and to build on transit oriented development that blends retail, office and residential uses, which create vibrant, sought after places for people to live. Hip on Arlington, you are the envy of NOVA right now. But Tysons, Reston and Herndon are fast on your hip tails! Hip More and Commute Less Arlington – kudos!

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Beat the Heat at 3500 Feet Enjoy a Blue Ridge Mountain Getaway to Chateau Morrisette in Beautiful Floyd, Virginia BY KEITH TOLER

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hateau Morrisette is located along the Crest of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains at milepost 171.5 of the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. Just an hour off I-81 (exit 114), Chateau Morrisette Winery is open daily for cellar tours, wine tastings and shopping. Wine

educators will entertain and educate you about the diverse selection of Chateau Morrisette wines, from dry varietals to sweet blends, along with four very popular fruit wines. Tastings last about 20 minutes and cost $10 per adult. Cellar tours are offered at specific times throughout the day. Guests visiting Wednesday through Sunday can enjoy locally sourced, contemporary Appalachian cuisine at the Chateau Morrisette Restaurant, located adjacent to the winery. Ranked by Open Table as having one of the top 100 restaurant views in America, the Chateau Restaurant offers casual fine dining in a rustically elegant setting. Terrace dining is available when weather permits, and during the cooler months, there are three woodburning fireplaces for an even more romantic dining experience. Executive Chef Mitchell Sheppard changes the menu seasonally to take advantage of the fresh produce grown on the estate and by a local network of farmers. The current menu consists of grass fed beef, Virginia and North Carolina seafood, poultry, pork and dairy from

nearby farms; each course comes with a suggested wine pairing. Looking for special events and exciting adventures? Chateau Morrisette is well known for its wine dinners, summer music festivals, outdoor recreation events, and more. From June through October, there are free concerts every Sunday on the winery courtyard, with a featured jazz band every first Sunday. Over Memorial Day Weekend, a limited number of guests will enjoy dinner with the winemaker, along with a special menu designed by Chef to showcase the very best Chateau Morrisette wines. In July, the Black Dog Summer Music Festival features Americana Music. Beth McKee delivers fiery-sweet, deep southern grooves, and Austin soul ensemble Mingo Fishtrap heats up the dance field with horn-driven rhythm. Beach Music comes to the mountains in August for the Black Dog Beach Music Festival. Steve Owens and Summertime open the festival, with the Dancing Chicken Band at midday, and an afternoon performance from Carolina Beach Music legends

the Entertainers. In September, guests have an opportunity to work in the vineyard and make some wine for a half day, spend some time with plein aire painters, or have an early Oktoberfest with the Wine, Beer and Brats festival. There is always a good time to be had at Chateau Morrisette. When the summer humidity along the Potomac becomes oppressive, a visit to Chateau Morrisette and Floyd County, Virginia is just the ticket to beat the heat. While in the area, don’t miss the world famous Friday night Jamboree at the Floyd Country Store, or stop by and sample some moonshine at Five Mile Mountain Distillery, craft beer at Buffalo Mountain Brewing, cider at Foggy Ridge, or even meade at Black Snake Meadery, all located within minutes of Chateau Morrisette. Hiking, rafting and other outdoor adventures are available nearby. Lodging packages are available on the website and include mountain cabins, quaint bed and breakfast inns, hotels, and cottages. For more information, visit www.thedogs.com.


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My Health Matters

Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce to Host 5K & 1 Mile Walk Event on May 20 My Health Matters and the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting a 5K & 1 mile Walk Event and health information fair in Herndon on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Anchoring the day is the 5K/1mile Run/Walk. Health and wellness professionals with a wide circle of expertise will offer short, incisive clinics on optimizing fitness. Vendors catering to a healthy living experience will be on hand to introduce their products and services. Live music at the event will be provided by local schools and artists. My Health Matters is an organization dedicated to

inspire and empower people to create a healthy lifestyle and prevent obesity. With a goal to move, all runners and walkers are encouraged to participate. Bring your entire family, this is a stroller friendly event. The event will be held at 505 Huntmar Park Drive, Herndon. The 5K will begin at 8 AM and the 1 mile walk at 9 AM. Registration fees for the 5K are $30 through April 20, $35 through May 19, and $40 on race day. Fees for the 1 mile walk are $15 through April 20, $20 through May 19, and $25 on race day. Participants will receive a commemorative My Health Matters

T-shirt. All racers will receive a finisher’s medal. Awards ($150-100-50) will be given to the top overall male and female finishers in each of the following age groups: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+. Everyone is invited to join in at the post race party with refreshments, music, awards and health initiatives booths. For more information on My Health Matters, including volunteer opportunities, please visit: www.mhmva.org. Registration information is available at: https://mhmva.org/walk-run.

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Nonstop Dulles Flights to India Begin July 7 BY ROB YINGLING For the first time ever, Dulles travelers will be able to fly nonstop to New Delhi (airport code DEL) beginning on July 7. Air India will fly the Boeing 777-200LR on the route, departing Dulles each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The 14-hour flight shaves at least two hours of travel time off other options that require a layover enroute. Air India is a Star Alliance partner, making it easy to book flights directly at www. airindia.com or though codeshare partners like United. The new nonstop service is good economic news for

the National Capital Region. Analysis suggests the flights will generate an additional 30,000 tourism and business travelers and inject $30 million into the local economy each year. More than 122,000 visitors traveled from India to the region in 2015, so the nonstop flights will make the journey even easier. Other Dulles airlines have increased their schedule frequencies for the spring and summer travel season. The airport maintains a list of flight deals complete with booking links at www.flydulles.com/go.


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Happy Anniversary, DATA! PHOTOS BY DAVID GALEN The Dulles Area Transportation Association celebrated 31 years of providing sensible mobility management at its annual Anniversary Celebration and Awards Ceremony March 23 at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel. More than 125 transportation professionals, business leaders, and elected officials heard Secretary of Transportation Hon. Aubrey L. Layne share his vision of transportation in the Commonwealth. Sound as dry and boring as days-old meatloaf? This dinner is anything but! It’s good

food…this year featuring Chicken Provençale (Grilled Chicken Breast topped with a Sun-dried Tomato and Artichoke Ragout). It’s good friends…networking with some of the most interesting people in the area. And it’s good intentions…funds raised from the dinner help support DATA’s efforts to reduce traffic on area roads! The Celebration is also an opportunity for DATA to acknowledge individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to regional congestion mitiga-

BIKE TO WORK DAY 2017 Friday, May 19 Registration is open!

On Friday May 19, 2017 Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association invite you to celebrate bicycling as a clean, fun, and healthy way to get to work. Be one of the first 16,000 to register and attend a pit stop in D.C., MD, and VA to receive a free T-shirt, refreshments, and be entered into a raffle for a new bicycle! For more information go to www.biketoworkmetrodc.org

tion through infrastructure improvements and programs that reduce single occupant vehicle commuting. Honored with the DATA award for 2017 Transportation Professional was Fatemeh Allahdoust, Project Manager for the VDOT (Virginia Department of Transportation) Northern Virginia District’s Transform I-66 Project. Comstock Partners LC was recognized with the Dr. Sidney Steele Founder’s Award for its innovative transit oriented development at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station, the first company recipient in the award’s history. Maggie Parker, Vice President, Communications and Community Outreach, accepted on behalf of Comstock. Longtime DATA member, Immediate Past President and loyal Golf Committee supporter John Martin received the President’s Award for exceptional contributions to the Dulles Area Transportation Association, its mission, and its membership. The Anniversary Celebration is one of two major fund raisers that help support DATA’s efforts to encourage area commuters to carpool/ vanpool, telework, take transit and drive or walk to work. Past dinners have featured keynote addresses from two Virginia Governors and then Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

DATA President Michael Session (left) and Executive Director Jim Larsen present the Dr. Sidney Steele Founder's Award to Comstock Partners LC for innovative transit-oriented development at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station. Maggie Parker, Comstock's Vice President Communications and Community Outreach accepted on behalf of the developer.

Fatemeh Allahdoust, VDOT Northern Virginia District's Project Manager for the Transportation Management Plan element of the Transform I-66 project, was honored with the DATA for 2017 Outstanding Transportation Professional.

Want to be part of the celebration in 2018?

Contact Executive Director Jim Larsen at 703.817.1307, ext. 2, for more information on DATA membership and upcoming events.

Keynote speaker at DATA's 31st Anniversary Celebration and Awards Ceremony Commonwealth Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne shared his vision for Transportation in Virginia.


Fairfax County Commuter Services Ridesharing Carpools and Vanpools: Fairfax County Ridesources fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/sources.htm NuRide: Online ridematching nuride.com Commuter Connections: Resources for commuters commuterconnections.org Slug Lines: Organized system of casual carpooling slug-lines.com

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Resources Fairfax County Department of Transportation: Employer Outreach, Bicycle & Pedestrian Programs, Park & Ride Lots fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot, 703-877-5600, TTY 711 SmartBenefitsÂŽ Plus 50 Incentive Program: Offers employees a free $50 SmarTripÂŽ card just to try transit fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/smartbenefits, 202-962-2793, TTY 202-638-3780 Car Free A to Z: Multimodal trip planning and comparison tool - carfreeatoz.com Telework!VA: Resource for businesses and individuals looking to learn more about telework and incentives teleworkva.org Best Workplaces for Commuters designation (BWC): BWC Designation acknowledges employers who have excelled in implementing green commuter programs. Fairfax County Department of Transportation will provide a FREE Two Year Membership in Best Workplaces for Commuters ($400 value) - bestworkplaces.org

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