Data Recruits and Qualifies Three Companies for Best Workplace for Commuters Recognition

On December 3, 2019, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recognized 17 employers who have taken steps to become a Best Workplace for Commuters. DATA identified and helped qualify three of these employers. The companies were Tobii Pro, a high-technology company that develops and sells products for eye control and eye tracking; Comstock Holdings, a diversified real estate organization; and SAP NS2, a systems integrator, software vendor and cloud provider located in the DATA’s service area.

To qualify for this national designation, workplaces must submit an online application to demonstrate they provide a variety of transportation options for their employees, such as telework, carpooling, transit, bicycling, vanpooling, or a compressed workweek. 

The Best Workplace for Commuters program is managed by the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida with support from the Florida Department of Transportation. If you would like to see the complete list of 2020 Best Workplaces for Commuters, visit  www.bestworkplaces.org/list/members-2020.

Interested in becoming a Best Workplaces for Commuters? Call one of DATA’s Mobility Managers at 703.817.1307 for assistance (available in Spanish and English) in completing
your application.

For more information:  www.bestworkplaces.org.

DATA Promotes the School Pool Program at Virginia Statewide Private School Conference

Every year the Virginia Association of Independent School’s (VAIS) organizes a Learning Conference that focus on topics such as Prioritizing students social-emotional growth, Teacher-driven professional development, innovative work in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and equity, and project- based teaching and learning.

Last November, Dulles Area Transportation Association staff attended the conference to promote DATA’s School Pool program. The School Pool program was created through funding from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and a partnership between Commuter Connections and local schools. School Pool is an interactive, on-demand utility to help parents within the same neighborhoods connect with each other to form carpools, walking groups or biking groups to and from school. So far, DATA has worked with 6 private schools in the Dulles area and registered 130 children in this program. 

If you would like your child’s school to participate in this great program, please contact Sarah McGowan at smcgowan@datatrans.org or 703-963-3658.

The Great Traveling Van Show Stops at the Cushing Park & Ride Lot

On December 23, 2019 DATA’s “Great Travelling Van Show” stopped by the Cushing Park & Ride to promote vanpooling. The windy evening did not stop our holiday spirit to gave away candy canes and promote the great subsidy available to commuters in the Dulles Area. 

The Great Travelling Van Show program is designed to introduce commuters to the many advantages of vanpooling through a four-month trial, incorporating incentives and subsidies. 

The information kiosk has visited the Herndon, Reston, Chantilly, and Westfields areas. DATA has worked with major employers such as National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Aerospace, Oracle, Reston Town Center, North West Federal Credit Union and the Westfields Business Owners Association. 

One last thing, did we mention the FIRST MONTH is FREE for start-up vans?

For more information contact Mobility Manager Elizabeth Darak at edarak@datatrans.org or 703-817-1307.