Creating a New Transportation Plan

About the New Transportation Plan

The federal government requires metropolitan planning organizations, such as FAMPO, to develop a long-range transportation plan that projects at least 20 years out. The plan must be updated at least every four years. It is now time to update the plan for our region, which includes the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Stafford and Spotsylvania. 

This plan is appropriately named the Long Range Transportation Plan or LRTP for short because it plans for long-term improvements to the transportation system. When a new plan is created every four years, the year it projects out to is attached to its name. The new plan we are developing, with your help, is called the 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan because it projects out to the year 2050.

The new transportation plan will identify our region’s current and future transportation needs, establish the region’s transportation goals, and it will also list all future transportation projects that our region anticipates to undertake in the next 20 to 30 years. 

The Process and the Public’s Role 

It will take over a year to develop and adopt the new plan.  Along the way, there will be several opportunities for the public to get involved in the transportation planning process. You will find these opportunities listed below. Towards the conclusion of the process, the full draft plan, as well as collected public feedback, will be presented at a public hearing (in late 2021 or in 2022). After the public hearing, the Policy Committee will vote on whether to adopt the transportation plan for the region.

 

Status updates and how you can participate now! 

  • Happening now! We are currently taking ideas for a better name for the plan, as well as a catchy tagline. Although the current name, 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan, does correctly describe the plan, we want to create a name and tagline that captures the public’s attention and creatively states the plan’s purpose. Some ideas have been Transportation Vision 2050 and for a tagline,  “Good move, Fredericksburg!” Do you have a name or tagline suggestion? Send ideas to fampo@gwregion.org
  • March Workshop! On March 19, 2021, at 9:30 am, the public can tune in to the virtual workshop meeting to hear FAMPO staff and FAMPO Technical Advisory Committee members discuss a proposed transportation project prioritization process for the 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan. There will be a time for public comment. Join the virtual meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/830528245. You can also dial in using your phone. +1 (872) 240-3212. Access Code: 830-528-245. 

  • Happening now! The public can tune in to virtual committee meetings and working group sessions to learn about the latest work efforts and progress. A list of meetings, with instructions on how to join, are listed on our homepage. Look under “Join a Virtual Meeting” which is located just below the large homepage picture. You can also view the calendar of events to find information on all FAMPO meetings. There’s also a calendar at the bottom of this page. All committee meetings are open to the public and have time for public comment. Topics that you may hear discussed at these meetings include efforts to collect data, project lists, funding sources, and more. Note: during committee meetings, you will hear other transportation topics discussed. The meeting agenda will highlight when the long-range plan will be discussed. Links to meeting agendas are included in the meeting joining instructions.
  • We will offer virtual talks and open houses throughout the process. If health conditions permit, we will be out in the community to promote public participation. Event details will be posted here as they become available.
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Completed Public Outreach

Survey! On December 31, 2020, we wrapped up a public survey that gathered thoughts on regional transportation goals. This outreach work included two in-person events at FRED Transit. Read the survey results report here. Don’t worry if you missed it; we will have another survey out in spring-summer 2021. 

Facebook Live! On January 22, 2021, FAMPO staff were featured on the local library system’s Facebook live lunch hour. They gave a live presentation on developing the goals and objectives for the new long-range plan and spoke about how the public can participate in the transportation planning process. You can view the recording here. 

Participation Assistance

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact FAMPO at 540-373-2890 or fampo@gwregion.org. If hearing impaired, telephone 1-800-552-7917 (TTY) or 7-1-1.