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 mitigation 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.

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.