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.

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. 

Public Comment Opportunity! Compliance with Air Quality Requirements

The Clean Air Act requires that federally funded highway and transit projects will conform to air quality requirements. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has assisted with the assessment of FAMPO’s transportation project list for the 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan (and the FY21- 24 Transportation Improvement Program) and determined that the list will conform to all federal, state, and local air quality goals.

Before the draft findings are final, the public has a chance to review the findings document and provide comments.  The comment period will begin on October 6, 2021, and end on November 5, 2021. The document is rather technical, but a summary of the findings can be found on PDF page 8 (document page 5) under the heading “Conclusion”. Review the Draft Regional Conformity Assessment document and provide your comments to fampo@gwregion.org or (540) 642-1235. Paper copies and translation are available on request.

There will be a public hearing before the draft conformity findings are adopted. The public may attend the public hearing and provide their comments and concerns directly to the FAMPO decision-making board, the Policy Committee. The public hearing will be held on October 18, 2021, at 6:00 pm at 406 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. To attend the meeting virtually, join the meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone by visiting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/830528245 For your smartphone or tablet, you may search your app store for GoToMeeting. If you are unable to join by computer, smartphone, or tablet, you can dial in using your phone: 1 (872) 240-3212 Access Code: 830-528-245

** Update! A project description was incorrect and will be corrected in the document that goes before the decision-making Policy Committee for final approval. The change is as follows and can be found on PDF page 28. 

 

Jurisdiction

Project

Route Number

From

To

Original

City of Fredericksburg

Dixon St / Tidewater Trail Widening

US-17

Mayfield Ave

City of Fredericksburg Line

Corrected

Multi-Jurisdictional

Dixon St / Tidewater Trail Widening

US-17

Mayfield Ave

US-17/Mills Dr

 

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 Comment Period for the Draft Transportation Project List

From August 2021 through September 2021, FAMPO staff collected public comments that expressed concern and support for projects on a draft list of transportation projects to receive federal funding through 2050.  Public comments were shared with FAMPO advisory committees. One of the advisory committees, the Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC), supported residents’ comments by sending a letter to the decision-making FAMPO Policy Committee expressing a desire for a study to be included in the draft project list which would examine building an additional roadway crossing across the Rappahannock River.  After reviewing public comments and the letter from CTAC, the FAMPO Policy Committee decided to approve the draft project list without modification but encouraged residents and CTAC to continue the conversation on needed transportation improvements and continue to provide the Policy Committee with their ideas and concerns. The public comments FAMPO received can be viewed here, and the CTAC letter to the Policy Committee can be viewed here

  • Transportation Improvements Survey

From May 2021 through June 2021, FAMPO conducted a survey to learn where residents encounter travel challenges. Staff received over 1,000 responses. The survey data was analyzed and findings were passed on to transit agencies, elected officials, and those who plan transportation projects for the city and counties. FAMPO staff are having ongoing talks with decision-makers to explain how the survey results can inform their work to improve transportation in the region. These data-driven discussions help staff and decision-makers think about the needs that ought to be addressed through the long-range transportation planning process. A PowerPoint explaining the findings can be viewed here.

  • 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. 

Join our email list for public meeting notices and news.

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.