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Fredericksburg-area bus system is changing several routes next month
By KELLY HANNON
Five FREDericksburg Regional Transit bus routes are changing course.
Starting April 16, there will be new stops on the Red, Orange, Yellow, Green and Blue lines.
Changes were made to improve driver, pedestrian and passenger safety, said Kathy Beck, FRED transit manager. FRED buses will make fewer left turns where they have to yield to oncoming traffic.
FRED solicited comments from riders and drivers before changing the routes, Beck said.
Notices about the new routes have been posted on bus lines. FRED is also updating its Web site, fredericksburgva.gov/transit/maps.asp.
FRED will still deviate three-fourths of a mile off a route, or two minutes, if a passenger gives the service 24 hours notice and it's safe for the bus to stop. The system uses paved roads only, Beck said.
The 18-route FRED system will add new routes and buses later this year.
Additional buses have been ordered, and FRED is working with localities to plan the routes. The new buses should arrive in June.
Riders can pick up new route maps on buses or FRED Central at 2217 Princess Anne St. in early April.Kelly Hannon: 540/374-5436