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May is National Bike Month! A publication of the Dulles Area Transportation Association
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Volunteers and local staff assist riders on Bike to Work Day
10 Best Bets for Getting Your Kids Outdoors
A Day in the Life of Dulles
on the cover Sterling Community members gather for Bike to Work Day. Photo courtesy of Commuter Connections. Eighty pit stop stations will be set up along major trails and commuter corridors. Photo by Brian Kirrane.
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The Reston Network Analysis
Tech Corner - CarFreeAtoZ
Silver Line Phase II Update
Continuity and Contingency Planning for Your Business
Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
County CVBs Offer Biking Tips for Visitors
Living in NoVa Without a Car: A Testimonial
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In the 1950s the region’s political leadership recognized the future need for an international airport to serve the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. Thus, in 1962 Dulles International Airport (the original name) was established in what, at that time, was a remote area of Northern Virginia. Fast forward 60+ years, and Washington Dulles International Airport is now the economic engine that drives Northern Virginia, a virtual small city supporting over 15,000 employees and is the gateway to our region for millions of visitors. In this issue of @livemore you will experiene what a day in the life of this airport's operations is like. The May/June edition of @livemore also recognizes the annual Bike to Work Day (May 20th), where local bike shops, enthusiasts and novices assist thousands of bikers who want to experience leaving their car at home and biking to work. In Ericka’s corner, Ericka reﬂects on how
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liberating it was to change her commuting “lifestyle,” and, unfortunately, says goodbye to DATA and this region as she moves to new endeavors. And speaking of multi-modal solutions, @livemore is highlighting a recent initiative by the Fairfax County Department of Transportation to make the Reston/Herndon corridor even more commuter-friendly (see the article on the Reston Network Analysis). And last, but certainly not least, @livemore explores ten reasons to get your child outdoors, even though there are probably a thousand reasons why we all should be spending more time outdoors. With summer just around the corner, we want everyone to jump on a bike, take a walk, garden, sit in a hammock, enjoy the weather, and always Live More Commute Less!
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Get your Pedal on for Bike to Work Day BY DOUGLAS FRANKLIN
In May we celebrate our Mothers, Cinco de Mayo, and Memorial Day. What you may not know is that May is also National Bike Month, which celebrates bicycling as a clean, fun, and healthy way to get to work. On Friday, May 20, 2016 Bike to Work Day will be celebrated all over the Washington D.C. metropolitan region. Bike to Work Day is free and open to riders of all ability levels, especially those who have never commuted by bicycle before. Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association coordinate this free and exciting event every year. This year there will be over 80 pit stop stations set up throughout the District, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia where bicyclists will get free T-shirts, refreshments, and giveaway goodies while supplies last. Plus, all participants will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one of many shiny new bicycles being awarded. And we’ll even give you a well-deserved pat on the back for getting out there and doing it! The free T-shirt is your “I did it” trophy. Come snag that free T-shirt, you earned it! You just have to be one of the first 15,000 to register for Bike to Work Day at www. biketoworkmetrodc.org, and there is
absolutely no cost to do so. Secondly, on your way to work via bicycle, stop at the pit stop station you designated when registering. There are so many people who help put together Bike to Work Day, it’s such a positive outpouring of volunteerism and camaraderie, and we want you to be part of the fun. Will this be the year you finally make your move and brush the cobwebs off that lonely bike of yours? Or perhaps make an investment in a new bicycle? Remember riding a bicycle to get around as a kid? It was a certain rite of passage and was simply second nature as your method of transportation. Flash back on that fateful day when dad finally removed those training wheels and you flew solo for the very first time. To your parents, that moment in your life was nearly as meaningful as when you walked for the very first time. To you it meant freedom and accomplishment, and a crowning achievement. In a certain way, the joy of bicycling as an adult harkens back to the spirit of our inner child. Now’s your chance to capture that spirit again on Bike to Work Day. Admit it, with a job to go to each day you don’t go to the gym like you know you should. If only there was a way to get exercise that doesn’t really seem like exercise. Wouldn’t it be great to get that needed exercise while doing something as mundane as commuting to that pesky job of yours? As if you didn’t know, bicycling has all sorts of health benefits. And the cure to just about everything is eating a healthy diet and getting exercise; we hear that over and over again. The physical benefits of bicycling are many. Bicycling engages the muscles in your legs without the strong damaging force of coming down hard on your knees. It gets your legs moving and your heart pumping, and since it’s low impact, it’s far easier on your joints than running. Bicycling is a legitimate method
of transportation to work for tens of thousands of commuters in the region. Bike to Work Day is your chance to try it for the first time, and join those who’ve discovered the secret of bicycling already...it’s fun and healthy. Bicycling is also great for the environment since it doesn’t give out any carbon based emissions; it is a 100 percent green form of transportation. There are zero fuel costs at the pump; the only fuel you’ll be burning are calories. As far as the mental benefits of bicycling, another big aspect is that it can help reduce stress. It will just make you feel better. The sense of freedom that comes with open air movement at a smooth pace is good for the soul. It helps us explore the area around us. Once you bike in areas where you typically drive, you’ll be surprised by what you notice. A recent study by the New Economics Foundation found that commuters have reported lower stress levels than their counterparts using cars. The Commuter Connections 2013 State of the Commute Survey report found that than nine in ten who traveled to work by bicycling/walking (93%) reported high satisfaction with their commutes, more than any other mode of transportation. At 61 percent, commuters who drove alone to work by car were the least satisfied. Prepare for the event by using
some of the great resources at biketoworkmetrodc.org Learn more about bicycle commuting, how to ride in experienced commuter bicyclist lead convoys, where to brush up on cycling skills, and participate in a cycling class to learn how to safely share the road with cars, other bikes, and pedestrians. If you don’t want to go it alone, try finding a ride buddy for Bike to Work Day at the Washington Area Bike Forum, www.bikearlingtonforum. com/forum.php. The online Bike Forum is a place to connect with other area bicyclists. You can look for riding buddies, ask questions about commuting and route selection, and discuss bicycle safety, advocacy and so much more. The community on the forum is helpful, knowledgeable and open to riders of all ability levels. Last year’s Bike to Work Day event drew more than 17,500 bicycle commuters. Get your Pedal On for Bike to Work Day 2016 happening Friday, May 20. Grab hold of the freedom that bicycling provides and make this year your year. You’ll be so happy you did. Register for Bike to Work Day at biketoworkmetrodc.org and follow us on Twitter @BikeToWorkDay, #BTWD2016. Doug is a TDM Marketing Specialist and coordinates Bike to Work Day for Commuter Connections.
The Reston Network Analysis BY KRISTEN CALKINS
Ever wonder how the community you live in evolved into its current shape and form, or what it might look like in 10, 20 or 50 years? Communities grow and evolve over time, even master planned communities like Reston. While Robert Simon formulated a masterful plan for a multi-faceted and multiuse community, functionality and changes in demographics, housing trends, commuting patterns, lifestyles, and other factors, dictate that community master plans be revisited and updated. An update to the Reston Master Plan was completed in February 2014 when the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted the Reston Phase I Comprehensive Plan for the areas surrounding the three Silver Line Metrorail Stations. The Reston Phase I Comprehensive Plan developed new guidance for mixed use development focused around the future Silver Line Metrorail Stations. To understand what is needed to support transportation to and from these new developments, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) has initiated the Reston Network Analysis. The Network Analysis will evaluate the conceptual grid of streets in the Reston Transit Station Areas (TSAs) adopted in the Reston Phase I Plan Amendment. It takes into account the future demand for travel associated with the development around the
three Metrorail Stations. The analysis will identify what roadway features are necessary to support acceptable traffic conditions and a walkable and bikeable environment in the TSAs. The end result will be a street network that is cost effective and requires the minimum right-of-way, with the least impacts to adjacent properties while addressing the future travel demand. It will take into consideration the provisions of the Reston Phase I Master Plan. The study is scheduled be completed late 2016.
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FCDOT wants this analysis to be as inclusive as possible. Your input is encouraged! An Advisory Committee, appointed by the Supervisor and comprised of landowners and citizens, meets regularly. The meetings are open to the public; feel free to attend. Meeting announcements for Advisory Group Meetings, Stakeholder Meetings and Public Meetings can be found on the project website: http:// w w w. fa i r fa xc ou nt y.g ov/fc dot / restonnetworkanalysis. There is also a comment box on the webpage if you have any thoughts or questions about the project! Kristen is a Senior Transportation Planner for the Fairfax County Department of Transportation.
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10 Best Bets for Getting Your Kids Outdoors BY SARAH MCGOWAN
Remember the “good old days”? When school was out and the sun was shining, playing outdoors and hanging out with friends during the long, lazy days of summer was the best part of the year. As we all know, American kids now spend an alarming amount of time indoors – usually focused on some sort of electronic device. Groups ranging from the American Diabetes Association to the American Academy of Pediatrics say this is detrimental to the health and well-being of our kids – and there are plenty of studies to back them up. But this is a tough problem to overcome. Not every kid is interested in traipsing out into the woods, and what parent hasn’t spent a Friday evening with Lester Holt as he walks us through a chilling, child abduction case on Dateline NBC? Despite these hurdles, we CAN do things to make it easier for our kids to get outdoors. The following are a few structured and unstructured ideas to entice the young ones away from their gadgets this summer: 1. Play frisbee. A Frisbee is a simple, inexpensive toy to throw around the yard or park...it is also becoming a very popular sport! Want to learn how to play? The Washington Area Frisbee Club (WAFC) is one of the most active Frisbee clubs in the U.S. and has programs for every skill level. There is a special league for kids ages 10 – 13, and kids of all ages can play and learn with their parents in WAFC’s “Recreational League.” For more information, check out the WAFC website at wafc.org. 2. Build a fort. My 5-year old built a fort made of bark and tree limbs in the woods behind our house. Recently, her friends in the neighborhood have joined in the fun – it is their favorite spot and their enthusiasm for using the fort warms my heart. Yes, there is a danger of ticks, but I check her every night for them. Don’t feel up to checking for ticks? No judgment
coming from over here. Give your kids some old blankets and they can be thrown over a picnic table, an old card table, or stretched over two chairs – let the fun begin! 3. Swim at a pool. Nothing feels better on a hot, humid Virginia summer day than a dip in the pool! There are many opportunities in northern Virginia to cool off this summer – from summer-long pool memberships, to a one-day pool pass, there is something for every budget. For a listing of indoor and outdoor pools and pricing, please visit Northern Virginia Magazine’s list-ing for northern Virginia pools: northernvirginiamag.com/guides/ public-pools. 4. Rent a kayak or a canoe. As a former camp counselor, I noticed that our canoe trip was the highlight of camp for most kids. Why? Because going out on the open water in a boat is exciting and different! A trip in a canoe or kayak is quiet and serene - and, if you are lucky, you will be treated to views of all kinds of wildlife. There are a number of places where you can rent canoes and kayaks on the Potomac, as well as on some of the area’s small lakes. https://familycanoeingdc.wordpress. com/2014/05/08/places-to -rentca noes - a nd-kaya ks - a roundwashington-dc. 5. Try an outdoor summer camp. From learning about insects, to riding horses, to understanding how Native Americans lived long ago, there is something for every interest. Not all camps are held outdoors, so if that is your goal, do some calling ahead to see where your child will be spending his/her time. For some good outdoor bets, look for the camps listed at your County’s nature centers: Fairfax County: fairfaxcounty.gov/ parks/camps/ Loudoun County: loudoun.gov/camps Prince William County: pwcgov.
o r g/g ove r n m e nt /d e p t /p a r k / summercamp/Pages/default.aspx Audubon Naturalist Society: audubonnaturalist.org The Eastern Ridge School: http:// easternridgeschool.org/programs/ summer-camp/ Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing: wilderness-adventure. com/summer-camp/ 6. Go to an outdoor farmer’s market. Taking a nice walk outdoors surrounded by delicious local food, flowers, baked goods and music – what’s not to love? Be sure to go hungry - most stands offer samples and prepared foods are usually for sale as well. During the summer, there are multiple farmer’s markets going on every day of the week. For a comprehensive listing of markets in DC and northern Virginia, please visit: http://dc.about.com/od/ farmersmarkets/a/FarmersMktVA. htm. 7. Camp in the backyard. Packing the kids up and heading out to Shenandoah for the weekend is truly a memorable event, but it is not always realistic nor is it possible for everyone, every weekend. Some of the key elements of camping can be duplicated right in your own backyard or local park – a fire pit for cooking marshmallows, a grill, picnic food, fireflies, scary stories and staying up a little later than normal. If you have a tent and some space, you could also try spending the night out in the backyard – it is almost as exciting as camping in the woods. 8. Try your hand at geocaching. This is one activity that is enhanced by electronics and might just get that kid who is glued to the computer out of the house! Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt that is done using a GPSenabled tracking device (cell phone). Individuals navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then work to find the geocache (container) hidden at that
location – there are many locations here in northern Virginia, as well as all over the world! For geocaching 101: geocaching.com/guide. 9. Map out a trail to school. In many communities, parents are getting their kids to school in walking or biking pools. Essentially, parents take turns chaperoning groups of kids as they walk or bike to school. This gives kids more outside time and exercise each day, as well as teaching them about pedestrian safety. Have your child map a safe route to school and invite some friends to test the route. Safe Routes to School has a great site: http://guide.saferoutesinfo. org/walking_school_bus/index.cfm. DC Commuter Connections has a site called School Pools, which helps parents within the same school to connect for transportation purposes (carpooling, walking pools and biking pools): https://tdm. commuterconnections.org/schoolpool. 10. Set up a lemonade stand. It never hurts to have a little walking around money for that ice cream cone or special treat at the farmer’s market. Lemons, water, sugar and some great marketing skills are all your kids need to start up a lemonade stand – it is a classic.
Tech Corner - CarFreeAtoZ BY MAGGIE AWAD
CarFreeAtoZ is a great tool for commuters that was created as part of the Transit Tech Initiative. David Emory, co-founder of Conveyal, describes the tool as “a personalized trip-planning and comparison tool.” While CarFreeAtoZ started here in Arlington, VA, it can be used anywhere to plan your trip, learn how many calories you’ll burn and see your carbon footprint based on the transit choices you make. Here’s what you can expect when you use CarFreeAtoZ: "CarFreeAtoZ currently allows for planning trips
that combine public transit, walking, biking, and driving. Those modes will continue to be the primary focus, but there are more options that can be shown for them, such as information from additional third-party transportation providers. Area carpool and vanpool ride-matching services will have enhanced display options, including specific potential matches for a given trip. Users will be alerted when matches are found and will have the option to proceed to the provider’s sign-up page.” In the past few months,
CarFreeAtoZ has also been updated to include Capital Bikeshare as a transit option, an often requested system from the beta feedback. Capital Bikeshare is also a great “last-mile” option for transit trips, greatly expanding the reach of the transit system. Check out all the latest media coverage of CarFreeAtoZ at Mobility Lab: http://mobilitylab.org/ tech/transit-tech-initiative/ . Maggie is the Marketing Manager for Arlington Transportation Partners.
Plan a combined trip by using the app for transit, carpooling, biking, walking or driving directions.
A Day in the Life of Dulles BY ROB YINGLING
Washington Dulles International Airport bustles with activity each day and night. Built as a highcapacity 24-hour airport, Dulles is a choreographed ballet of several ecosystems working together to power the movement of people and goods through the 12,000acre complex on to cities around the world. A look behind the scenes provides a glimpse into the people and processes that keep the airport’s 15,000 employees busy each day ensuring that, for each passenger, “Your journey begins with us” (Dulles’s new signature tagline). Midnight The stream of jumbo jets that departed earlier in the evening is already high over the Atlantic Ocean, bound for Europe and Africa, while other planes work their way toward Dulles from all points on the compass. Most ticket counters in the terminal have closed, though AeroMexico is tagging luggage and handing out boarding passes for its 1:58 a.m. departure to Mexico City. The FAA-
operated control tower and three airport fire stations are fully staffed, but the workload has dropped considerably. Roads appear mostly quiet, save for the occasional shuttle bus, tractor-trailer or police patrol. It’s a very different scene in the Airport Operations Center, a sprawling office located just beneath the B-Gates. The latest “Airport Ops” shift is hitting its stride. Some of the Duty Managers hail from the military; others have years of experience with airlines or air traffic control; all have had airports in their blood for as long as they can remember. Their mission is to act as the airport’s nerve center, monitoring and responding to situations that could slow or interrupt a passenger’s travels. Given their broad knowledge and skill base, Airport Duty Managers can handle most routine problems without summoning extra help. Lined with maps, monitors, radios, phones of varying hues, and handbooks of all sizes, the Airport Ops Center is equipped with just about everything needed
Dawn at Washington Dulles International Airport – Photo Courtesy of Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
to observe, communicate and resolve an issue. Just outside the door waits a fleet of tricked-out white SUV’s, ready to zip to the far end of the property, while functioning as a mobile office topped with flashing lights. If you have a question about the airport, Ops probably has the answer, though they may be too busy to chat with each of the airport’s 22 million annual passengers. But if there is a need to find you, they can enlist the aid of an airport-wide contact database or network of more than 2000 closed-circuit security cameras. About two dozen flights touch down overnight— mostly from the West Coast.
Sleepy passengers on these “red-eyes” may pause for coffee and refreshments at one of several 24-hour shops before heading out. 6:00 a.m. As the sky brightens, the floodgates of airport commerce open noticeably wider. People and luggage arrive by car, bus and plane. The terminal ticketing level is now abuzz with check-in activity. Breakfast aromas permeate the air as restaurants all around pour fresh coffee and warm up their grills—even restaurants that don’t serve breakfast outside the airport likely have a morning offering at Dulles. U.S. Customs and Border
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Protection agents interview the first wave of international travelers in the James A. Wilding International Arrivals Hall – recently renamed for the first CEO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., thousands of passengers move through the terminal, concourses, trains and shuttles to board 60 flights. It’s the second busiest concentration of flights, or “banks,” of the day. Within sight of the airport’s center runway are the cargo ramp and six cargo buildings, where international and domestic shipments have been offloaded from planes to be sorted and delivered. Inside the cargo buildings,
MAY/JUNE 2016 cargo pallets are being built and containers loaded and secured for their airborne journey. Outside, cargo handlers link together dollies loaded with freight and tug them to their waiting aircraft, where they are then loaded into the belly of the aircraft while passengers board up above. Some of the items riding beneath your next flight could include things such as fresh flowers, life-
saving vaccines, high-tech electronics or hatching eggs. 11:00 a.m. The day’s second “bank” of flights begins. The hurried pace is most notable in the C and D-gates, where United Airlines planes unload a fresh surge of passengers into the concourse. Some head for baggage claim, while others stroll the concourse towards their next departure gate.
More views behind the scenes at Dulles Beneath the Terminal: Miles of steel-lined
conveyors moving checked luggage down ramps and past off-ramps that steer them through high-speed x-ray machines and past (or through) TSA-staffed “resolution rooms” where bags are individually opened for inspection. Well over 17,000 bags pass daily through the system.
Below the airfield: A 12-foot round tunnel leading to a gray, nondescript utility building next to the terminal that feeds pipes with a constant supply of steam or chilled water to Concourses A and B -keeping the indoor air comfortable year-round. At the end of the train tunnel: A collection of flat TV monitors lines a glass-enclosed room at the end of the AeroTrain tunnel, where operators work in around-the-clock shifts to monitor driverless train operations and make sure enough cars are in the system to handle the current passenger load. Any cars needing maintenance can be summoned out of service and whisked to an onsite repair shop with the press of a few buttons. “K-9” Unit: The airport Police Department
includes 12 K-9 teams that live and work together. Officers have animal-friendly police vehicles they take home with them at the end of their shift. Each handler trains with his or her dog for several weeks at a TSA facility in Texas before beginning regular airport patrols for concealed explosives.
New restaurants line the route, tempting travelers with menu delights at recently opened restaurants like Chef Geoff's, Bar Simon and Be Right Burger. More than 60 new selections have opened at Dulles since concessions redevelopment began in late 2013. 2:00 p.m. Back at the Main Terminal, staff inside the International Arrivals Building are ready for their busiest time of day. Jumbo jets filled with passengers landing from cities like Paris, Beijing, Amsterdam, Frankfurt—and soon Lima and Casablanca as well—will first have to clear U. S. Customs and Border Protection before they continue. They will be guided by Airport Ambassadors and Travelers Aid volunteers, many of whom speak at least two languages and whose friendly skills come in handy when guiding passengers from more than 50 international cities to the proper line for entry in to the United States. The line moves a lot faster than it used to, thanks in part to three rows of automated passport control kiosks now installed in the arrivals hall. These self-service kiosks reduce the time spent per passenger, which makes a difference in a facility handling almost 10,000 people per day. Dulles was among the fastest major U.S. airport for processing international arrivals in January. 4:00 p.m. The “mega bank” has begun. The term is insider’s lingo for the next few hours, when the
Plane awaits departure - Photo Courtesy of Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.” highest volume of passengers for the day will move through the airport. Maximum staffing is in place at ticket counters, gates and security checkpoints. All concourses are being lined with planes of all sizes from commuter props to the double-decker Airbus A380, the largest commercial aircraft in the world. About 14 stories high above the gates, personnel in the airport Ramp Tower scan the ground traffic below. Equipped with headset radios and one of the best views at the airport, with the click of a handheld button they call out instructions to aircraft pilots and mobile lounge drivers, guiding them away from the gates and onto the airfield. As aircraft taxi away from the ramp tower, controllers electronically hand off the pilots to their counterparts in the FAA tower for final taxi and takeoff instructions. 6:30 p.m. One departure that draws extra attention each day is British Airways flight 216 to London. It is one of three
daily flights from Dulles of the Airbus A380. Due to the aircraft’s size and 262foot wingspan, the airport made some changes to give this plane plenty of room to move. Special lines are painted on the pavement for the plane’s wheels to follow. A second jet-bridge mates to the plane’s upper deck. And each A380 departure is closely followed by an airport operations vehicle—right down the runway. At speeds reaching 100 miles per hour, the Airport Duty Manager scans for any debris that may be kicked up on takeoff by the plane’s massive engines. A quick confirmation is radioed to the FAA tower, as operations seamlessly continue. The sun sets as the “mega bank” begins winding down and the clock ticks back to midnight. Life at Dulles goes on, preparing anew its daily ballet for yet another encore performance. Rob is Assistant Media Relations Program Manager for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
Silver Line Phase II Update As many can see, construction continues on Phase II of the Silver Line, the extension of METRO to Loudoun County. Phase II will include six stations along 11.4 miles from the Wiehle-Reston East Station to Ashburn. Locations are: • Reston Town Center Station is in the median of the Dulles Toll Road/Dulles Airport Access Highway just west of the Reston Parkway overpass (at grade). • Herndon Station is in the median of the Dulles Toll Road/Dulles Airport Access Highway near the existing Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride lot (at grade).
• Innovation Station is in the median of the Dulles Toll Road/ Dulles Airport Access Highway east of Route 28 near the Center for Innovative Technology (at grade). • Dulles Airport Station is along Saarinen Circle across from the terminal (aerial). • Route 606 Station is along Route 606 on the west side of Dulles Airport in the median of the Dulles Greenway (at grade). • Route 772 Station is in the median of the Dulles Greenway at Route 772/Ashburn Village Boulevard (at grade). •
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pening simultaneously along the corridor, with progress being made at each of the planned METRO stops and the construction of numerous overpasses and track alignments within the corridor. Specifically, the Metro politan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) reports that 96% of all design packages have been completed (390 out of 406), and that 87% of these have been issued for construction. Guideway and station design-build activities include these upcoming tasks: • Reston Station – Steel piles for the foundation are being set and work contin-
ues on the tunnel for utility installation; • Herndon Station – Mass excavation continues as does the construction of the station foundation and utility drilling for the sanitary sewer lines; • Innovation Station – Foundation work continues and recast element placement; • Dulles Station – Foundation preparation for the tower crane and crane placement are underway, foundation and aerial guideway substructures are under construction as is demolition of existing walkway and the tie in to the existing pedestrian tunnel;
• Aerial Guideway - Continued construction of columns, pier caps, decks and girder installation is underway. Construction on the Dulles Airport rail yard is also underway. When completed the rail yard will be the largest facility in the METRO system, capable of holding more than 160 train cars. The rail yard is being constructed near the Route 606 on the airport property. For more information about Phase II of the METRO Silver Line construction, visit the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project website at www. dullesmetro.com.
Continuity and Contingency Planning for Your Business You are working on a major proposal for your firm, an opportunity to possibly make or break the budget for the next fiscal year. It is due by close of business tomorrow. You’ll need every minute to make this a winner. In the frantic scramble to put the pieces of the proposal puzzle together, you overhear some of your co-workers discussing the weather. You finally ask, "What’s up?" A co-worker responds, “What the weathermen predicted to be a passing snowstorm a day or so ago, is now being deemed – S N OW M AG G E D O N ! ” “What?,” you ask. “Yup, upwards of 18 to 20 inches coming in tonight, paralyzing the region’s road and transit networks,” the co-worker says. A sinking feeling sets in and you realize that it looks like you’re sleeping in the office the next day or so. But it doesn’t have to be that way if you and your company have a continuity of operations plan in place. Such plans are developed to preserve business operations during natural or manmade events that may prevent workers from getting into the office for a day or more. Surprisingly few businesses have examined such plans or adopted policies for implementing contingency/ continuity plans…even when the prospects of short or long term shutdowns or slow downs can mean significant lost revenues and productivity. DATA staff can assist you and your business in developing contingency plans, and have been doing so since the major disruptions that occurred during 9/11 and the subsequent sniper episode. But interest has waned considerably since then – until Snowmaggedon and the recent surprise 24 hour shut
down of the entire METRO system. Without adequate preparations and contingency planning, many businesses struggled to get employees to work and thus lost important productivity during these episodes. Although contingency/ continuity plans are individualized for each particular business, most of these plans include some core elements.
Having employees who can work from home in the event of a natural or manmade emergency like the recent Metro shutdown is like your company’s electronic insurance policy. No way to get to work...no problem! Your employees can still fill orders, complete important projects (like our snowbound friend above) and even teleconference. In addition, Global Workplace Analytics reports industry leaders like Dow Chemical, Best Buy and British Telecom find their teleworkers are 35-40% more productive, while a Stanford University study found teleworkers are 50% less likely to quit than employees who work strictly in the office. Consider that statistic when it can cost you $10,000$30,000 to replace a valuable employee! And most teleworkers still spend more than 50% of their time in the office, so concerns about supervision, collaboration and teambuilding are unfounded. Right now, the Telework!VA program offers free technical assistance to companies interested in starting or expanding a formal telework program…including helping you decide which jobs are suitable for teleworking, what kind of equipment and
security you need, how to supervise your teleworkers and more. There’s additional information on the many benefits of teleworking at www.teleworkva.org.
With the opening of Phase I of the Silver Line, many locations that were unserved by public transportation are now connected to the system. Now you can take Metro from your home in Largo to your office in Tysons Corner. But your employees may not realize how easy and economical it can be to leave their single occupant vehicle in the driveway and take transit to work. Fairfax County now offers the Plus50 Program through which your employees can qualify for a $50 SmarTrip card to try transit if you institute the simple-to-administer Smart Benefits program. And even though a major weather event can curtail transit service, it’s usually more reliable than trying to drive alone.
When your employees share a ride to work – either in a cost-effective vanpool or a convenient carpool – you’re doing a lot more than helping reduce congestion on area roads and improve the environment. With shared driving responsibilities, you’ll probably find your employees are late less often and arrive in a better frame of mind from not having to battle traffic each and every day. In addition, you may be able to turn in some of those expensive parking spaces you’ve been leasing from the business next door or reduce the cost of the valet parking you currently provide! And if one of the carpoolers has a four-wheel drive vehicle, ridesharing can become a
Photo courtesy of Jonathan Ernst/Reuters. pre-existing means of getting essential employees to work in an emergency.
Biking or Walking
Dust off your old twowheeler or investigate Capital Bikeshare; biking to work is easier than you think…and there may be a $20 per month benefit available through your employer! The Washington Area Bicyclist Association provides classes, seminars and events at a reasonable cost for cyclists of every skill and commitment level. County websites can help you plan a safe route to work or to a transit terminus. And with affordable Capital Bikeshare – soon expanding to Reston and Tysons Corner - you don’t even have to own a bike to take advantage of this efficient, environmentally conscious commuting option. Or try hoofing it. Walking a few days a week could replace the expensive gym membership you’re not using. Think a mile walk to the nearest Metro stop is too time-consuming? It can add as little as 15 minutes in beautiful spring weather to your commute! How can DATA help keep you in business? Making sure your employees are aware and familiar with these types of technologies can keep your business going, particularly
in short term interruptions of transportation services. DATA staff can provide insights on all of these services and conduct training, if necessary, in how to use the applications and technologies. DATA’s experts will work with you to develop a continuity of business plan that suits your organization and your workforce. There’s no charge for the consultation and no obligation. We’ll probably start with a simple survey that tells us how your employees are currently commuting. We’ll spend some time learning about your business…are you interested in green initiatives, do you like to conduct contests to motivate your employees, are your employees tech-savvy or more likely to respond to the traditional? Then we’ll suggest the best way for you to keep doing business when you can’t conduct business as usual. Call DATA at 703.817.1307 and get connected to Director of Employer Outreach Lynn Bostain or Director of Sales and Marketing Kelly Woodward. We even have bilingual assistance available! Think you don’t have time to talk to us? Well, what would you rather lose? A few minutes or a few thousand dollars?
25th Annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival – An Art Experience!
NVFAF booth - Glass by Jeremy & Chelsea Griffith.
The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) will present the 25th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival for two days, rain or shine, Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 at Reston Town
Center. The streets will be transformed into an elevenblock art walk filled with more than 200 artists from across the nation with original paintings, photography, mixed-media, sculpture,
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jewelry and fine craft, plus dance performances, free artmaking activities for families in the Pavilion, music, and more throughout the weekend. As a highlight of the year in the DC region, this event
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offers authentic art and experiences for all tastes and ages, attracting more than 30,000 attendees over two days. The 2016 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is open from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, and 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 22 at Reston Town Center, 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190. A gate donation of $5 to GRACE provides a festival program and dining certificates for local restaurants. Parking is free at Reston Town Center’s seven multi-level garages. The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival offers the highest quality fine art and craft to the public in the easily accessible venue of Reston Town Center. Festival artists are selected on the basis of quality, originality, and craftsmanship by a panel of expert jurors. Among this year’s selected artists are ten Award of Excellence
winners from the 2015 festival. Find more festival information, including this year’s selected artists, on the GRACE website, www. restonarts.org. Connect with the event at Facebook. com/NorthernVirginiaFine ArtsFestival, and by following GRACE on Twitter.com @restonarts. GRACE is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization located at 12001 Market Street, Suite 103, at Reston Town Center. In addition to its GRACE Art program that serves more than 40 schools in the DC region, GRACE offers changing exhibitions of contemporary art at its gallery, open free to the public, as well as a diverse schedule of educational programs all year round. For more information, call GRACE at 703-471-9242, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit their website, www. restonarts.org.
County CVBs Offer Biking Tips for Visitors
Photos courtesy of the Convention and Visitors Bureaus of Arlington and Fairfax County. Whether exercising, commuting, or taking a leisurely ride, biking is a great way to explore the local area. In Northern Virginia, there are endless opportunities to explore if one knows the best places to look. Arlington, Virginia is a great place to get around by bicycle. From scenic trails and dedicated on-street bike lanes to the chance to bike along the Potomac River for dazzling views of the Capital skyline, bicycling is an excellent opportunity for visitors to see Arlington in a whole new way. Arlington features more than one hundred miles of multi-use trails as well as on-street bike lanes and designated bike routes to make it easy for cyclists to get where they need to go. In fact,
the “Arlington Loop,” a 17mile route around Arlington, offers the chance to see all of Arlington’s top attractions via two wheels. What’s more, visitors don’t need to worry about finding a bike, as the region’s Capital Bikeshare program offers more than 80 stations throughout Arlington (and more in the D.C. area), making it simple to hop on a bike almost anywhere. And for those looking to delve a little deeper, Arlington’s BikeArlington organization has put together a series of neighborhood bike routes to let you explore the area a little more. Whether sightseeing, shopping, or just looking to explore in a new way, biking is an excellent way to get out and discover Arlington. For visitors who’d like to
Fountainhead Bike Trail. explore more of Northern Virginia, the Washington & Old Dominion Regional Park Trail is the perfect way to see it all on two wheels. The trail, affectionately known as the “skinniest park in Virginia,” starts in Arlington and runs 45 miles west through Fairfax County and into Loudoun County. Pass by horseback riders, joggers, and fellow bikers, or make a pit stop at one of the many restaurants and local breweries situated along the trail. With more than 5,000 miles of roadway and 900 miles of trails, biking in Fairfax County is becoming an increasingly popular way to navigate the diverse terrain, from paved roadways and mountain bike courses to both paved and off-road trails. Urban areas of the County like Reston and Tysons are embracing initiatives such as Capital Bikeshare (coming this fall!) to encourage residents and visitors to try new and convenient ways of getting around. For a more scenic and leisurely route, riders can take the Mount Vernon Trail along the Potomac River to the home of America’s first President at Biking in Ballston.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Alternatively, the 40mile Cross County Trail is a
beautiful way for riders to see the various stream valleys that dot Fairfax County’s eclectic landscape. Mountain bike enthusiasts can try their skills at the MTB Trail at Fountainhead Regional Park, a multi-use course that is known as one of the best in the Mid-Atlantic. For more information on trails and biking resources within Fairfax County, be sure to pick up a copy of the Fairfax Bicycle Map or get it on your mobile device. Visit www.fxva.com and www.stayarlington.com for more destination information.
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The Cycle Continues I’ve talked about my move to the Dulles area before and as my time in the region comes to a close, I’ve been doing some reflecting on how my attitudes and habits have changed in the last three years. As I’ve mentioned before, I come from the sprawling, carcentered Southwest where walking to the store 3 blocks away is unheard of and riding the bus is the back-up
plan to the back-up plan of commutes. However, living in an area where driving not only eats away more than 24% of our annual income (greatergreaterwashington. org) and, on average, 6 hours per week of valuable, precious time (WMATA), has changed my perspective. I’ve been reflecting especially about my biking experience as Bike to Work Day approaches and as I
realize how much I miss my bike after selling it a couple of weeks ago in an effort to move across the country in nothing but a hatchback sedan. About 5 months into my “Dulles Corridor Resident Experience,” I hit the Craigslist ads hard and found a bike that would get me to those places just out of walking distance but closer than a bus trip’s worth. A
hundred and seventeen bucks later (I haggled the guy a whole 8 dollars down from his listed price), I had a set of wheels that didn’t confine me to the back-ups at stop lights and got me to all my usual walking spots in a fraction of the time. It was zippy and fun and I felt pretty cool pedaling that powder blue baby. I rode it to work and got my blood pumping; I’d feel excited and ready for my
shift and I didn’t even mind having to tame my unruly curls after taking my helmet off. I was free. Fortunately, I know how to ride a bike (thanks, Dad). However, bikephobes rejoice! If you don’t know how to ride, there are tons of resources for you. Try local bike shops, REI stores, WABA.com, or your county government for classes, clinics, and workshops.
Y Sigue el Ciclo He hablado de mi traslado a la zona de Dulles antes y como mi tiempo en la región llega a su fin, he estado reflejando sobre cómo han cambiado mis hábitos y actitudes en los últimos tres años. Como he mencionado antes, vengo del sudoeste donde expansión, centrado en el coche donde ir a pie a la tienda a 3 cuadras es algo incomprendible y viajar en autobús es el plan de respaldo para el plan de respaldo de la conmuta. Sin embargo, vivir en un área donde la conducción de carro no sólo come a más de 24% de nuestros ingresos anuales (greatergreaterwashington. org) si no tambien 6 horas semanales de tiempo valioso y precioso (WMATA), ha cambiado mi perspectiva.
He estado reflejando especialmente sobre la experiencia de andar en bicicleta como el dia de ir en bicicleta al trabajo (Bike to Work Day) se acerca y como me doy cuenta de lo mucho que extraño mi bici después de venderla hace un par de semanas atrás. Hace dos años, busque cuidadosamente los anuncios de Craigslist y encontré una bici que me llevaría a esos lugares de poca distancia pero más cerca del valor de un viaje en autobús. Doscientos diecisiete dólares despues, tenía mi propia bici que no me limitaría a los atascos en semáforos y me consiguió a todos mis lugares habituales en una fracción
del tiempo. Fue enérgico y divertido y me sentí genial pedalear a esa bici color azul quierida. La montaba para el trabajo y me consiguió mi bombeo de corazón; Sientia emocion y me ponia lista para mi turno y no me importaba tener que domar mis rizos rebeldes después de quitar el casco. Yo era libre. Afortunadamente, sé cómo andar en bicicleta (gracias, Papá). Sin embargo, anticiclistas se alegrarán! Si no sabes cómo montar, hay toneladas de recursos para usted. Trate de tiendas locales de bicicletas, tiendas REI, WABA.com o su gobierno del condado para clases, clínicas y talleres.
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Living In Northern Virginia Without a Car – A Personal Testimonial BY BOBBY JOHNSON
Life has a funny way of providing insight into the next step to take in the journey. In April 2014, life provided me inspiration to try something different; so I sold my car and have been taking public transportation ever since. Fortunately, our public transportation network is easy to learn, and fairly straight forward, so I quickly became acclimated to the system. With the addition of the Silver Line I can even make trips to Tysons and Reston; two of my favorite destinations in the area. I’ve found that
nearly all of my favorite places to visit are accessible by public transportation. If the destination isn't directly accessible via transit, then most destinations are with the use of Uber. For points farther away, AMTRAK has been extremely beneficial and enjoyable. I grew up on a farm in central Virginia and we drove everything from ATVs to tractors and everything in between; so I loved to drive. When I owned a car I would often take spontaneous trips to the majestic Virginia
countryside or visit one of the many wineries for an afternoon. Needless to say, I don’t do that now. In lieu of a long drive through the hills and valleys of Virginia I now take long walks on one of the well groomed trails and walking paths here in the DC Metro area. For me, there are three major advantages to being car-free; first it is great exercise. I typically log somewhere between 12,000 – 20,000 steps per day. This is mainly because I take public transportation on a daily
basis. Next, I don’t have a car payment, which means that I also don’t have car insurance. The extra income allows me the flexibility to experience more of the world. Ironically enough I’ve done more travelling to points outside of Virginia without a car than I did when I owned a car. And finally, I’ve noticed that I visit places that I would not have normally visited in a car. Recently, Metro has experienced delays, shutdowns etc. Due to the frequency of my Metro ridership, I get
caught in a delay from time to time. When that happens, I don’t panic, I just exit the affected station and explore the neighborhood(s) above ground. I’ve discovered very cool areas that, until I became an avid WMATA user, were just dots on the Metro system map. Two years into being car-free, I am enjoying the experience. I certainly plan on having a car again. However, I think I will continue to live without a car for the next couple of years.