Public Involvement

Welcome!

With you, we’re improving how the region moves! We welcome your participation and comments. This page contains opportunities to review and comment on important documents. You’ll also find links to FAMPO’s public involvement activities and committees, as well as a review of our recent public outreach findings. If you require accommodations to participate in a meaningful way, please scroll to the bottom of this page to learn how to request assistance.

Public Review and Comment Opportunity

Fredericksburg Regional Transit (FRED) has asked FAMPO to add a new transportation project to the region’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is a document that lists transportation projects that will receive funding over the next four years. To receive funding and move forward, transportation projects must be included in the TIP. Requests to add projects to the TIP must go out for public review and comment before the FAMPO Policy Committee can vote on whether to add the project to the TIP.

Description of the Transportation Project

The project involves purchasing land near the FRED Central bus station located at 1400 Jefferson Davis Highway in Fredericksburg. The land will be developed as a parking lot for FRED riders and FRED staff. 

The project will be funded with a mix of federal, state, and local funds: $1,388,000 in federal funds, $278,000 in state funds, and $86,000 in local funds. The total project cost is $1,752,000.

The parking lot will have about 50 spaces. There may be a cost to park or an option for free parking to those with proof of FRED ridership. FRED security staff will enforce parking. 

How to Comment

The public can provide comments on the project request from July 18, 2021, through August 16, 2021. The public may also attend a public hearing on the project request on August 16, 2021, at 6:00 pm. The hearing will be held at 406 Princess Anne Street in downtown Fredericksburg. During the hearing, members of the public may address the decision-making Policy Committee directly to express their concerns or support. Those who cannot attend the public hearing can submit comments in advance for staff to read at the public hearing. You may submit comments by email or text message, fampo@gwregion.org (yes, you can text the email address), or submit comments by phone (540) 642-1235 (the phone number cannot receive text messages) or mail comments to FAMPO, 406 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401. All comments must be received by August 16, 2021, at 4:30 pm.

Help Develop a New Transportation Plan

We need your help to develop a new transportation plan for the region. Click here to learn more about the plan and how to easily participate in the process.

Learn about Our Citizens Committee

CTAC members sitting around a tableJoin the Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) or attend CTAC meetings! CTAC meetings are always open to the public; anyone can sit in on the meetings.This committee meets monthly to discuss regional transportation projects and plans. It serves as an advisory committee to the decision-making Policy Committee. Learn more on the CTAC webpage.  

Past Public Involvement Efforts and Outcomes

 Public input helps decision-makers make more informed decisions. This section includes a brief description of past public involvement efforts and contains links to reports which detail outreach efforts and collected public input.  

  • Public Survey Results Used to Develop Regional Transportation Goals and Objectives for the 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan

From November 2020, through December 2020, FAMPO staff conducted a public survey that allowed members of the public to participate in developing a new set of regional transportation goals and objectives. Read the full report here

  • Public Comment Period Results for Four Different Transportation Documents: May 20- June 19, 2020

In June 2020, FAMPO wrapped up a public comment period for four transportation-related documents including an amendment to the region’s Long Range Transportation Plan project list, a proposed FAMPO staff work plan for the new fiscal year starting in July known as the UPWP, an amendment to roll over unused funds from the current staff work plan, and an air quality analysis tied to proposed changes to the Long Range Transportation Plan. Members of the public, as well as transportation professionals, weighed in using online surveys and written comments. What did they have to say? Read the full report or just the executive summary here.

  • FY21-24 Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) Comment Period Results

The public comment period for the draft fiscal year 2021- 2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), a document that programs regional transportation projects for federal funding for the next four years, opened March 3, 2020, and closed April 2, 2020. View the results of public feedback as well as information on our outreach efforts, here.

  • COVID- Related Travel Changes Survey

From April 28, 2020, through May 12, 2020, we asked those who live, work or travel through the Fredericksburg region to help us understand how their transportation behavior has changed as a result of COVID-19 concerns, and also to share ideas to improve access and safety for all modes of transportation. The report shows that there has been a significant increase in walking, running, and biking and that people are concerned about the ability to social distance on local trails and sidewalks. We also discovered that there is support for temporarily repurposing streets for pedestrian and bike use and automating crosswalks. In addition, we gathered feedback on local transit and found that even after social distancing restrictions are eased, most people will still be apprehensive about using public transit but many acknowledged the importance of getting public transit back on track for those who rely on it for their main source of transportation. You can take a look at these findings and others because we’re sharing the full report with you. We will also be sharing our findings with local decision-makers.

View the full report. 

Calendar of Events

View the calendar of events to find information on all FAMPO public outreach events as well as committee meetings. All committee meetings are open to the public and have a time for public comment. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? See if our FAQ section can provide an answer. 

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We'll notify you about public involvement opportunities such as virtual info sessions, surveys, public meetings, news, and events. You can text to join the email list too! Text FAMPO to 42828.

Public Reference Manual

We have created a public reference manual to help you understand transportation planning and FAMPO. 

 

Participation Assistance

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, 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.

Nondiscrimination Statement

The George Washington Regional Commission (GWRC) and the Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO), does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed or disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities. Discrimination against any person in recruitment, examination, appointment, training, promotion, retention, discipline or any other employment practices because of non-merit factors shall be prohibited.