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Happy Birthday National Park Service –A Centennial Celebration Metro SafeTrack Initiative

Trail Spotlight: The High Bridge Trail State Park 41st Annual Virginia Wine Festival

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Happy Birthday National Park Service–A Centennial Celebration

Keynote Speaker J. Douglas Koelemay predicted the future of publicprivate partnerships in the Commonwealth.

Washingtonians Embrace Public Transportation

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on the cover Aerial shot of Wolf Trap, a National Park, by Robert Llewellyn. Read more on the 100 year celebration on page 8. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s Michael Cooper was the recipient of the President’s Award for Career Achievement for his exceptional and long-term commitment to improvements in regional mobility.

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DC Bikes

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Accolades Continue for Washington Region’s Livability

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July 4th Events

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“1776–Breaking News: Independence” Open at the Newseum

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41st Annual Virginia Wine Festival

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DATA Celebrates 30 Years of Transportation Leadership

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Summer is here and the region is now in the height of its tourism season. Unfortunately, we are also just beginning the year-long SafeTrack initiative that will severely limit METRO capacity and in some cases close entire sections of track. Visitors need to be aware of this program and be informed of how to work their way around the “safety surges” that will occur in July and August. We have included an overview of the schedule and contact information so that visitors and residents can learn more about alternatives to METRO to get to their destinations. On a more positive note, summer is finally here! It is the time of year to plan vacations and get outdoors. On August 25th the National Park Service celebrates its Centennial (100 year) Birthday, with special events planned in all of the National Parks in our region, many of which are within bicycling distance. And speaking of biking, in our Trail Spotlight article we provide information on one particular destination outside our region, High Bridge State Park in Farmville, Virginia, a great facility to get the

whole family outdoors and get some exercise. The High Bridge (2,400 feet in length and 125 feet high) is a Virginia Historic Landmark and also on the National Register of Historic Places. If the summer heat is getting to you, we have described a new exhibit at the Newseum, 1776 – Breaking News: Independence, a compelling exhibit that chronicles the news release of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Moreover, the Newseum is a great place to spend an entire day. We also deserve a great pat on the back! For the third year in a row, the Washington, DC region has been declared the healthiest metro area in the country. We also rank third in accessibility to parks and recreation. So if you’re not planning an out-of-town vacation this summer, don’t worry! There is plenty to do and enjoy right here in our own backyard. So get out there and enjoy our amenities and remember to Live More Commute Less!

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DC BIKES!

At the starting line for DC Bike Ride. In a demonstration of how popular biking is in the greater DC region, more than 8,000 (organizers had expected around 3,000) riders showed up on May 22nd to enjoy the DC Bike Ride, an event to raise funds for the Washington Area Bicycle Association (WABA). Even with rain predicted, the turnout was outstanding. The DC Bike Ride organizers closed off 17 miles of streets to allow for a

A participant with a Penny-farthing AKA high wheel in the DC Bike Ride. car free experience for riders. The main event Start and Finish were on Pennsylvania Avenue near Capital Hill. A wide array of riders of all ages and skills participated. Organizers expect an even better turnout for next year’s ride, which is scheduled for May 21, 2017. If you didn’t participate this year, you won’t want to miss the event next – a nice peaceful ride among the great sites of downtown DC.

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METRO SafeTrack Initiative The Impacts on Your Commute Will Be Significant

METRO Safety Surges: Dates & Lines Dates Fechas

In June METRO began an extensive, year-long maintenance initiative to improve safety and reliability of the METRO system. Approximately 75% of the work in this initiative will occur in Northern Virginia. The impacts on every resident will be felt regardless of how you get to work. Commuting patterns will shift among the many modes, so be prepared for extended commute times unless you plan to do significant teleworking. The graphic illustrates the timing of the 15 “safety surges” that METRO has planned. For more information on the SafeTrack initiative impacts, and ways in which you can alter your commute or travel plans, visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority wmata.com/ safetrack or call 202-637-7000. Or call 703.817.1307 for information on how DATA can help your employees find better ways to work during this period.

Impacted Lines Impacted Stations Líneas afectadas Estaciones afectadas

Type of Surge Tipo de trabajo en las vías

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6/4 – 6/16

East Falls Church - Ballston-MU

Single Tracking/Una sola vía

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6/18 - 7/3

Eastern Market - Minnesota Ave/Benning Rd

Closed/Cerrado

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7/5 – 7/11

National Airport - Braddock Rd

Closed/Cerrado

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7/12 – 7/18

National Airport - Pentagon City

Closed/Cerrado

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7/20 – 7/31

East Falls Church - Ballston-MU

Single Tracking/Una sola vía

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8/1 – 8/7

Takoma - Silver Spring

Single Tracking/Una sola vía

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8/9 – 8/18

Twinbrook - Shady Grove

Single Tracking/Una sola vía

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8/20 – 9/5

Franconia-Springfield - Van Dorn St

Single Tracking/Una sola vía

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9/9 – 10/20

West Falls Church - Vienna

Single Tracking/Una sola vía

10. 10/10 – 11/1

NoMa-Gallaudet U - Ft Totten

Closed/Cerrado

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11/2 – 11/11

East Falls Church - West Falls Church

Single Tracking/Una sola vía

12. 11/12 – 12/6

College Park-U of Md - Greenbelt

Single Tracking/Una sola vía

13. 12/7 – 12/24

Rosslyn - Pentagon

Closed/Cerrado

Braddock Rd - Huntington/Van Dorn St

Single Tracking/Una sola vía

East Falls Church - West Falls Church

Single Tracking/Una sola vía

14. 1/2 – 1/13 1/22 – 2/3 15. 3/6 – 3/19

Information subject to change. For more information, visit wmata.com/safetrack or call 202-637-7000. Información sujeta a cambios. Para más información, visite wmata.com/safetrack o llame al 202-637-7000.

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Accolades Continue for the Washington Region’s Livability The Trust for Public Lands and the American College of Sports Medicine have recently released studies that reconfirm the Washington region’s high quality of living. In fact, based on the past few years’ findings, this is a continuing pattern for the region. Two recent articles that appeared in the Washington Post highlight how fit Washingtonians are as well as how much and accessible parks are in our region. For the third year in a row, the American College of Sports Medicine’s American Fitness Index ranked this region as the nation’s healthiest. The Post article noted that “Eighty percent of area residents surveyed reported exercising in the previous 30 days, although only about 25 percent were meeting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s aerobic guidelines, according to the report. Twenty-five percent of residents are obese, and more than 96 percent live within a 10-minute walk to a park. Nearly 18 percent eat three or more servings of vegetables per day,” the report says. However, the report did mention that there are some

existing disparities among lower income areas of the region (such as Anacostia) where better access to parks and obesity are still of concern. According to the index, the top five healthiest metro area were: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Washington Minneapolis Denver Portland, Ore. San Francisco

The Trust for Public Lands (TPL) study examined parkland in 100 of the nation’s largest cities and found that D.C. ranked third (same as in 2015) and Arlington County fourth. The study ranked regions according to park size, accessibility and the types of amenities that exist in the park (playgrounds, trails, etc.). The rankings actually take into account the

per capita amount that the locality spends on park related amenities and land. The report noted that DC spends $287 per resident and Arlington $235/ resident. However, these numbers also include expenditures by the National Park Service, which has a large presence in both localities. As with the American College of Sports Medicine study, TPL also noted that there are disparities in the availability of some recreational facilities in lower income sections. For instance, DC scored low for playgrounds, and Arlington could improve the number of basketball facilities. All in all both studies show that this region is not only fit, but has great access to recreational facilities as well. And with a growing network of trails and biking/walking facilities in our region, many residents can access these amenities without driving a car, a huge bonus for both our fitness and our regional environment!


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July 4th Events Alexandria Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., Alexandria, Virginia. Celebrate Alexandria’s Birthday & the USA’s on Saturday, July 9, 2016, 7-10 p.m. Enjoy a concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra at 9 and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Fairfax Fairfax City, Independence Day Parade through the downtown area beginning at 10 a.m. Musical entertainment begins at 6 p.m. at Fairfax High School with a spectacular fireworks display at dark. Monday July 4, 2016 – rain date – July 5th. (703) 385-7858.

Falls Church George Mason High School, 7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia. Live music will start at 7 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:20 p.m. Monday July 4, 2016.

Herndon Bready Park, Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave. Herndon, Virginia. (703) 787-7300. Face painting, balloon sculpturing, bingo and crafts begin at 6:30 p.m. Music at 7 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Monday July 4, 2016.

Leesburg Ida Lee Park, Rt. 15 (King Street) and Ida Lee Drive, Leesburg,

Virginia. (703) 777-1368. Parade on King Street at 10 a.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks around 9:30 p.m. Monday July 4, 2016.

Leesburg Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodridge Parkway, Leesburg, VA. (703) 729-8400. July 2, 2016. Live concert from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at approximately 9:45 p.m. Food and drink vendors on-site. No outside coolers allowed.

Manassas 9431 West Street, Manassas, Virginia. (703) 335-8872. Enjoy live music, children’s activities, food and fireworks. Entertainment begins at 3 p.m. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Monday July 4, 2016 – Rain Date – July 5th.

Reston Lake Fairfax Park, 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr., Reston, Virginia. (703) 4715415. Fireworks begin around 9:15 p.m. Monday July 4, 2016.

Vienna Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street Southeast, Vienna, Virginia. Arts and crafts, food, live music, vendors, and games. Celebrations start at 11 a.m. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. at Southside Park on Ross Dr. Monday July 4, 2016

Photo Credit: National Park Service.

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Happy Birthday National Park Service – A Centennial Celebration! On August 25th the National Park Service will celebrate its 100th anniversary, a milestone that is indelibly inked into most Americans lives. Who hasn’t visited a National Park? If you haven’t visited one of them, you are in luck because the Washington, D.C. region is chock full of National Parks. Be it Manassas National Battlefield, Great Falls, Wolf Trap, George Washington Memorial Parkway, or the National Mall, the National Park system offers up a treasure trove of our history, unparalleled natural beauty, world-class performing arts, a great trail system and the central focus of the Nation’s Capital, all within close reach to every residence in Northern Virginia. However, prior to the establishment of the National Park Service (NPS), Congress designated Yellowstone Park as the first federal parkland. According the NPS website “By the Act of March 1, 1872, Congress established Yellowstone National Park in the Territories of Montana and Wyoming as a public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people and placed it under exclusive control of the Secretary of the Interior. The founding of Yellowstone National Park began a worldwide national park movement. Today more than 100 nations contain some 1,200 national parks or equivalent preserves.” Subsequently, in August of 1916 Congress had the foresight to establish one of the great institutions of government, the National Park Service (NPS). Influenced by numerous letters from landscape artist, John Muir, President Woodrow Wilson created the NPS, and transferred stewardship of 35 national parks to it as well as responsibility for those yet to be established. As residents of the greater Washington, D.C. area, we can avail ourselves to the oldest parks of the National Park System, simply by visiting D.C. According to Wikipedia, the National Capital Parks are the oldest parks in the National Park System. These parks began with the founding of the District of Columbia in 1790. The President appointed three Federal Commissioners to design a district ten miles (16 km) square on the Potomac River for the

permanent seat of the Federal Government. The current National Capital Parks office is a direct lineal descendant of the original office established by the first commissioners of the District of Columbia in 1791. President George Washington engaged Major Pierre Charles L’Enfant to design the new capital city. The L’Enfant Plan proposed a city of beauty. The plan was designed around a series of boulevards, parks and The Mall. Additionally, L’Enfant envisioned: a Congress Garden and a President’s Park embellished with statues, columns, or grand obelisks; fountains; an equestrian statue of Washington; a Naval Column; and a zero milestone. Rock Creek Park was authorized on September 27, 1890, two days after Sequoia and three days before Yosemite. Congress carried over some of the language of the Yellowstone Act into all three acts. Like Yellowstone, Rock Creek Park was “dedicated and set apart as a public park or pleasure ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people of the United States,” where all timber, animals, and curiosities were to be retained “in their natural condition, as nearly as possible.” Though not a “National Park,” Rock Creek Park is a major urban park of the nation.” In corresponding articles in this edition of @livemore, we note that the Trust for Public Land ranks this region quite high in its accessibility to parks and recreation, due in major part to the proximity of so many National Parklands. As one can see in the highlight box, our region is home to more than 50 National Parks, Monuments or Historic Sites. Each is obviously unique in itself and represent either a place of national historical significance, unabashed beauty or is representative of our wonderful culture. As mentioned previsously, most are within biking or walking distance of your homes. Just about every park will be doing something special on August 25th, so take the day and go experience your National Parks. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

Wolf Trap Park for the Perfoming Arts - One of many National Parks in the greater Washington Region. Photo Credit: National Park Service.

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The greater National Capital Region is home to these National Parks: Antietam National Battlefield (MD) Catoctin Mountain Park (MD) Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (DC, MD, WV) George Washington Memorial Parkway (DC, MD, VA) Arlington House - The Robert E. Lee Memorial (VA) Clara Barton National Historic Site (MD) Claude Moore Colonial Farm (VA) Glen Echo Park (MD) Great Falls Park (VA) Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac National Memorial (VA) Theodore Roosevelt Island (VA) Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (WV, VA, MD) National Mall and Memorial Parks (DC) African American Civil War Memorial (DC) Constitution Gardens (DC) Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (DC) Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (DC) George Mason Memorial (DC) John Ericsson Memorial (DC) Korean War Veterans Memorial (DC) Lincoln Memorial (DC) Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (DC) National Mall (DC) Old Post Office Tower (DC) Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site (DC) Thomas Jefferson Memorial (DC) Vietnam Veterans Memorial (DC) Washington Monument (DC) World War II Memorial (DC) Rock Creek Park (DC) Civil War Defenses of Washington (DC) Meridian Hill Park (DC) Peirce Mill (DC) Old Stone House (DC) National Capital Parks - East (DC) Anacostia Park (MD) Baltimore-Washington Parkway (MD) Capitol Hill Parks (DC) Carter G. Woodson Home (DC) Fort Dupont Park (DC) Fort Foote Park (MD) Fort Washington (MD) Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (DC) Greenbelt Park (MD) Harmony Hall (MD) Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens (DC) Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site (DC) Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm (MD) Piscataway Park (MD) Manassas National Battlefield Park (VA) Monocacy National Battlefield (MD) Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (DC, MD, PA, VA) Prince William Forest Park (VA) White House / President’s Park (DC) Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts (VA)

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Trail Spotlight: The High Bridge Trail State Park

Photos courtesy of Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Looking for a get away to do some biking or hiking? The High Bridge Trail, near Farmville, Virginia is a great destination. The 31-mile State Park (Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation managed) and trail is a converted rail bed that is generally level and wide, and has a crush stone surface. The trail’s centerpiece is the High Bridge that crosses

the Appomattox River. The 2,400 foot bridge is one of the longest in the United States, and rises 125 feet above the river gorge. High Bridge, a Virginia Historic Landmark, is also on the National Register of Historic Places. There is parking at either end of the trail as well as along the route, such as in Farmville. The trail has numerous, well maintained

restroom facilities, picnic areas and water stops. Farmville also offers numerous venues for lunch and lodging. For more information visit www. dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/ high-bridge-trail.

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“1776 – Breaking News: Independence” Open at the Newseum On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress — made up of delegates from all 13 Colonies — adopted the Declaration of Independence. Two days later, The Pennsylvania Evening Post became the first newspaper to publish the Declaration. On display in this compelling exhibit is one of only 19 known copies of the historic newspaper. This rare printing shows the declaration as Americans first saw it — as front-page news. Interactive kiosks in the exhibit allow visitors to zoom in and explore the newspaper in high-definition, while graphic novel-style illustrations in the gallery tell the story of how and why delegates from the 13 American Colonies gathered in Philadelphia to break the bonds of British rule and forge a new nation. Some of the most tumultuous and trying chapters in American history are highlighted, including the Stamp Act, the Boston Tea Party and news of war erupting from the battles of Lexington and Concord. A Newseum-produced video, presented as a documentary graphic novel, features original animated illustrations and interviews with media figures such as Sebastian Junger and S.E. Cupp.

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As the United States celebrates the 240th anniversary of its independence from Great Britain, the exhibit explores how news of freedom spread through the Colonies and abroad and played a crucial role in uniting American colonists behind the cause of independence. Don’t miss the Newseum’s Summer Fun Deal where up to four kids can visit for free with each paid adult or senior admission – now through Labor Day!

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41st Annual Virginia Wine Festival® Virginia’s Longest Running Wine Festival is Back at Bull Run Park!

TasteUSA and The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA) will present the 41st Annual Virginia Wine Festival® for two days, rain or shine, Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th at Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, Virginia. The beautiful outdoor venue will be transformed into an entertaining array filled with more than 40 wineries from across Virginia with truly world-class Virginia wines, the best food trucks and food

vendors, fine crafts, plus live music performances, and something completely new to the Festival this year - the Virginia Oyster Pavilion, an epic experience where Virginia’s succulent briny bivalves can be sucked down with your choice of Virginia wines or Virginia craft beers! Attracting more than 10,000 attendees over two days, the 2016 Virginia Wine Festival® is open from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. both days with early access at 11 a.m. for VIP ticket purchasers, all at Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, Virginia 20121. Tickets start at $29 for General Admission which includes unlimited wine sampling from over 40 wineries. VIP tickets are $59 which includes early access, private tent, private bathrooms and the Reserve Wine Tasting each day from 1-4 pm, a chance to be seated

and have an expert speaker cover the nuances of Virginia’s award-winning rare wine examples. Parking is free. More information and tickets can be purchased at www.virginiawinefest.com, or find more information on facebook at www.facebook. com/VirginiaWineFest, on Twitter at twitter.com/ VAWineFest. TasteUSA is the U.S.’s premier site for consumers who love food and drink events - if it’s taste, it’s listed. Visit www.tasteusa.com/ for more information, The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA) is one of the oldest wine organizations located on the East Coast. Established in 1973 as the Vinifera Wine Growers Association (VWGA), it was an early supporter of planting world-class Vinifera wine grapes, the production of quality commercial wines,

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Washingtonians Embrace Public Transportation and Want To Pay For Better Services These findings are notable, considering some of the problems that have faced the METRO rail system recently. In short, residents/commuters use METRO a lot (as well as METRO bus service) and they are willing to pay more to improve services. When asked “Which public transportation services have you used in the past month?” survey respondents indicated that “Close to one-half of the Washington, DC area residents surveyed have used any of the region’s public transportation services in the past month, most often citing Metrorail.” Source: WBA Research

A survey of residents in the greater Washington, D.C. region demonstrates what most of us already knew – Washingtonians utilize a lot of public transportation and would like to see AND pay for better services. The survey, conducted in May by WBA Research, a Crofton Maryland based firm, looked into public transportation use and support, views on road maintenance, use of new transportation oriented apps and airport usage. This article will explore the finding of public transportation use; subsequent articles will address other findings in the report. In summary the survey found that: • Three-fourths (75%) of all Washington, DC area residents have either used public transportation in the past month (47%) or are likely to consider doing so in the future (28%). • Satisfaction with the region’s transportation system shows room for improvement. Only 29% of area residents are satisfied (rated 8-10 on a 0-10 scale), while 52% gave more neutral ratings. • Support for increased government funding of public transportation is high—78% of Washington, DC area residents say they would be very or somewhat likely to support an increase. Support is most pronounced among District of Columbia residents (58% very likely to support vs. 28%-38% of suburban residents). And, while it might not be surprising that transit users are more likely than non-users to be very likely to support increased public transportation funding (50% vs. 24%), even the majority of non-users (72%) would at least be somewhat likely to support an increase. • Maintaining existing roads and bridges (82% rated 8-10), as well as reducing traffic congestion by improving public transportation (73% rated 8-10), are rated as the most important types of projects in which the region could invest.

When asked how likely they are to use public transportation in the future, the survey found “More than one-half of those who have not used public transportation in the past month (55%) say they are likely to consider doing so in the future. This proportion is almost twice as high among 18-34 year olds as compared to those age 55 and older.” Source: WBA Research


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A high level of usage doesn’t necessarily mean that users are satisfied with the services. The reports notes that “Nearly three in ten Washington, DC area residents are satisfied with the region’s transportation system. More than one-half, however, gave more neutral ratings.” Note that this survey was conducted prior to SafeTrak and the current Safety Surges. Source: WBA Research

Perhaps the general disappointment in the quality of services has, or can be translated into support for increasing funding for public transportation. Over 75% of the respondents support increased federal, state and local funding. In short, the report states “Overall, more than three-fourths of Washington, DC area residents would be very or somewhat likely to support increased government funding for public transportation.” Source: WBA Research

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In fact, almost six in ten District of Columbia residents say they would be very likely to support such funding. Likewise, those who have used the area’s public transportation in the past month are significantly more likely than non-users to say they would be very likely to support increased public transportation funding. Still, more than seven in ten non-users would be at least somewhat likely to support an increase.” Source: WBA Research

Lastly, respondents do want the region’s leaders to figure out how to reduce congestion both through new roads and road maintenance, but also improving public transportation services. The report notes “Maintaining existing roads and bridges, as well as reducing traffic congestion by improving public transportation, are rated as the most important types of projects that the region could invest in.”

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Save the date for DATA’s 15th Annual Golf Tournament Friday, September 9, 2016 Westfields Golf Club Clifton, Virginia For information, e-mail kwoodward@datatrans.org

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DATA Celebrates 30 Years of Transportation Leadership In 1986, “Top Gun” flew right into the danger zone, Halley’s Comet streaked our solar system, and “DA Bears” won the Super Bowl. Which makes 2016 the year we celebrated a Tomcat dogfight, a celestial bright light, awesome gridiron might and DATA’s 30th Anniversary night! DATA President John Martin and Executive Director Jim Larsen welcomed elected officials, business leaders, and transportation professionals to the Dulles Area Transportation Association 30th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Ceremony, held April 28 at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel. Joining DATA’s keynote speaker J. Douglas Koelemay (Director of Virginia Office of PublicPrivate Partnerships) in addressing attendees was popular Washington Post columnist Robert Thomson, “Dr. Gridlock.”

DATA President John Martin (left) and Executive Director Jim Larsen congratulate 2016 Founder’s Award winner Dave Gehr (center). (c) 2016 David Galen. David R. Gehr, Senior Vice President, Highway Market Leader/Virginia Business Manager, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, was recognized as the fourteenth recipient of the Dr. Sidney Steel Founder’s Award for Transportation Leadership. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s State and Local Government Affairs Manager Michael Cooper received the President’s

Award for Career Achievement. The evening culminated with the presentation of the DATAs, the Dulles Area Transportation Association’s version of the Oscars, to Business Partner Bill Keech, Jr., President of the Westfields Business Owner Association and Transportation Professional Tom Biesiadny, Director of the Fairfax County Department of Transportation.

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Dulles Matters! Summer Travel at Dulles International BY ROB YINGLING

Travelers beginning their journey this summer at Dulles International will enjoy new airlines, destinations and amenities at the airport. From the moment they arrive, passengers will notice the Metrorail construction is making visible progress right across from the terminal parking lot, which offers a new daily parking option. Inside, LATAM and Air Canada have joined the airline offerings with new flights to Lima and Toronto. United Airlines, which recently celebrated 30 years as a hub

airline at Dulles, added Lisbon and Barcelona to its summer routes. And Royal Air Maroc begins flights this fall to its Casablanca hub with connections to many European and North African airports. Along with all of this good news comes the airport’s top advice: Come early and stay “in the know.” Dulles has seen its surge of travelers, but without the significant waits that made recent headlines at other major airports. Still, summer is a popular season for air travel, so a quick check of the airport’s live wait time

display at www.flydulles.com is worthwhile. The latest airport news and specials are also posted there. Beyond the security checkpoint, several new shopping and dining options will keep passengers delighted before their flight departs. Just a few of the offerings include Erwin Pearl, Tumi and Thomas Pink (for shopping) and Bracket Room, DC-3 Hot Dog Joint, and The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck (for dining). Be Relax spa is also open near Gate B64 for the ultimate in travel pampering. Bon voyage!

Main Terminal at Dulles International Airport.

@livemore July/August 2016  
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