Hospitals provide $45,000 to FRED Transit
The FREDericksburg Regional Transit bus service has received Community Benefit Funding in the amount of $20,000 from Mary Washington Hospital (MWH) and $25,000 from Stafford Hospital.
FRED Transit will use these funds to promote increased access to high-quality healthcare especially to those individuals who have lower incomes or are medically under-served in some way. FRED will accomplish this by providing convenient, dependable, accessible and affordable transportation to local healthcare providers, as well as serving social service agencies that can also provide needed services.
FRED Transit provides transportation to and from the city of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, Spotsylvania, and Stafford counties. It is funded by Federal, State and local governments and private Partners such as MWH and Stafford Hospital.
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Mary Washington Hospital Community Service Fund and Stafford Community Service Fund Grants Awarded to FREDericksburg Regional Transit
The Mary Washington Hospital Board of Trustees has approved a Mary Washington Hospital Community Service Fund grant for FREDericksburg Regional Transit (FRED) in the amount of $30,000 and the Stafford Hospital Board of Trustees has approved a Stafford Hospital Community Service Fund grant for FRED in the amount of $25,000. Both are one year grants and are awarded based on certain goals and criteria. FRED will use these funds to promote increased access to quality health care, to contribute to containing the growth of the community’s health care costs and to improve the access of the poor and other medically underserved populations to high quality medical care by providing convenient, dependable, accessible and affordable transportation to health care providers, as well as being able to reach social service agencies that can provide needed services. FRED service provides transportation for residents to obtain/purchase their basic need items and services, including medical supplies and prescriptions, as well as to participate in social activities. Without public transit, which is supported by government and private Partners such as Mary Washington Hospital and Stafford Hospital, some segments of the region’s population could become increasingly isolated and dependent on others or social service systems. Public transportation enhances the overall quality of life, individually and as a community. The trustees of Mary Washington Hospital and the trustees of Stafford Hospital are aware of the needs of the medically underserved in the community and strive to address these issues by providing grants to organizations such as FRED.
- Increase the base fare for regular FRED service from $0.75 to $1.00 per boarding.
- Increase the monthly pass for regular FRED service from $30.00 to $35.00.
- Plans progress for FRED Transit's new maintenance and training complex.
Plans for the design and engineering of FRED's new maintenance and operations center are complete. The project entails the adaptive reuse of a variety of buildings on a 4.1 acre site in the Bowman Center off Tidewater Trail in Spotsylvania County.
English Construction Company has won the competitive bid process for the project and is working with FRED and its A&E consultant to finalize plans. Construction will begin this summer.