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FRED bus to alter routes, add stops
Fredericksburg-area bus system is changing several routes next month

Date published: 3/31/2007

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.

They are also known as Routes 1 through 5. Routes 1 through 4 operate in Fredericksburg; Route 5 is a Spotsylvania County route. No changes are being made to Stafford County routes at this time.

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
Email: khannon@freelancestar.com


Here's a summary of the major changes planned for FRED routes beginning April 16:

Red Line (Route 1): Buses will use Cowan Boulevard to reach Central Park instead of State Route 3 and U.S. 1. Stops include points along Cowan Boulevard and throughout Central Park, including new stops at Krispy Kreme and O'Charley's.

Orange Line (Route 2): Buses will travel U.S. 1 and Route 3 to make stops at Park & Shop shopping center, Townsend Square Apartments, the Lee's Hill area, and the Altoona Drive neighborhood. The route will still travel Cowan Boulevard and downtown Fredericksburg, with stops at the University of Mary Washington and the train station. There is an additional stop at the Dorothy Hart Community Center.

Yellow Line (Route 3): Small changes on this route have streamlined its path.

Green Line (Route 4) : This route will now stretch to a stop at River Club shopping center on Tidewater Trail in Spotsylvania. It will also stop at Dixon Street Park in the city.

Blue Line (Route 5):

FRED has made a few changes to run this line straighter, making it easier for buses to arrive on time. This route will have a new stop for passengers living near Wills Way and Meekins Drive. These riders will be picked up outside Kmart in the Spotsylvania Crossing shopping center.