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FREDericksburg Regional Transit
Frequently Asked Questions
Regarding Transit And Shared Ride Service in the Fredericksburg Area
Does Fredericksburg have a public transit system?
Yes. FREDericksburg Regional Transit – known as FRED – serves the City of Fredericksburg and the Counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford, Caroline and King George. Information about FRED’s services and fares is available by calling 540.372.1222, by visiting FRED Central located at 1400 Jefferson Davis Highway in Fredericksburg, and/or visiting www.rideFRED.com.
How much does it cost to ride FRED?
For standard weekday service, the fare is $0.75 for each boarding. FRED’s morning and afternoon express feeder services to the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) station is $1.50 each way. Multiple ticket discounts are available.
Is FRED accessible to the mobility challenged?
Yes, all FRED buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts and safety securement equipment. All FRED drivers are fully trained in how to operate these features.
Does FRED provide door-to-door paratransit service?
FRED does not provide door-to-door paratransit service. Instead, FRED operates a route deviation system wherein passengers can arrange for curb-side service by calling 540.372.1222 at least 24 hours in advance of the desired pick-up time. FRED will deviate off its regular route and schedule to make such pick-ups if they are not more than ¾ mile and two minutes off-route and if it is safe to do so.
What hours does FRED operate?
FRED’s basic service operates weekdays from about 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. FRED’s VRE feeder service starts at approximately 5:00 am and serves the VRE morning trains; it restarts in the afternoon at approximately 2:30 pm to meet the afternoon and evening trains. During the University of Mary Washington academic year, FRED operates limited additional services Thursday and Friday night and throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. Call 540.372.1222 or visit www.rideFRED.com for schedule details.
Does FRED provide commuter transportation north to the Washington, DC, area?
No, FRED provides only local transportation within Fredericksburg and surrounding counties. VRE and several private bus companies provide commuter transportation to the Washington, DC, area. The George Washington Regional Commission administers GWRideConnect, a free carpool and vanpool matching service, to assist long distance commuters. Information about GWRideConnect can be found at www.gwrideconnect.org/
Does FRED have employment opportunities?
FRED employs approximately 60 drivers, the vast majority of whom work part-time. From time to time FRED hires drivers and other personnel. All prospective drivers must have outstanding driving records, possess -- or obtain within 90 days of employment -- a Commercial Drivers License with Passenger Endorsement, and must undergo a background check. All FRED employees in safety sensitive positions are subject to alcohol and drug testing. Information about employment opportunities at FRED is posted on the City’s Human Resources Web Page, FRED’s website (www.rideFRED.com) and in the Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg’s general circulation newspaper.