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Beginning Wednesday, May 1, 2019, FREDericksburg Regional Transit (FRED) will start early morning and late afternoon feeder bus service between Aquia Towne Center, the north VDOT commuter lot on Route 610/Garrisonville Road and the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) station in Quantico, VA. The service is made possible through a partnership among Stafford County, the Federal Transit Administration, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and FRED, and Marine Corps Base Quantico.
In the morning, the new service will meet VRE trains 302 (departing Quantico for Washington at 5:40 am) and 312 (departing for Washington at 7:41 am). In the evenings, the new service will meet southbound VRE trains 303 (arriving at 4:15 pm) and 311 (arriving at 6:20 pm). The service will operate Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays.
The first bus in the morning will depart FRED Stop #36 at Aquia Towne Center at 4:45 am, stop at the FRED shelter at the north VDOT commuter lot off of Route 610/Garrisonville Road, travel north on Route 1 to Stop #502 at the intersection with Acadia Street (at Potomac Hills development), continue north where it will make two stops in the Quantico Corporate Center, and then onto the Marine Base to the VRE station. On the return trip the bus will depart the train station at 5:35 am and make stops on base at the Marsh Building and the Davis Building before returning to Aquia Towne Center by the reverse route.
The second morning bus will depart Aquia Towne Center at 6:30 am and follow the same route as the first bus. It will depart the train station at 7:20 am and return to Aquia Towne Center at 8:10 am.
Upon entering the Marine base, all passengers will be required to show a valid picture ID. The ID may be a Virginia or other state driver’s license, an ID issued by the Federal government, or a state-issued picture ID in lieu of a driver’s license.
The first bus in the afternoon will depart the VRE station at 4:25 pm, with stops on base at the Marsh Building and the Davis Building, the Quantico Corporate Center, Acadia Street, the north VDOT commuter lot and Aquia Towne Center. The bus will then return by the reverse route to meet the VRE train at 6:30 pm FRED Transit Quantico VRE Feeder Service 2 and return by the same route noted above, returning to Aquia Towne Center at 7:20 pm.
The morning service will also allow travelers to connect at the VRE station with OmniLink bus service to Prince William County operated by the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) at 5:30 am and 7:22 am. The afternoon service will allow OmniLink connections at 3:34 pm and 5:56 pm.
The schedule and map for the VRE feeder service may be found here.
To introduce the service to our customers, the FARE WILL BE FREE FOR THE FIRST TWO MONTHS. Beginning July 1, 2019, the one-way fare will be $1.75. Regular riders may find it advantageous to purchase discounted monthly passes for $60.00. Please check with your employer to determine whether you can use your commuter benefits to purchase tickets. Senior citizens 65 and over, Medicare recipients, and the disabled travel at half fare or $0.85 per trip.
All FRED buses are wheelchair lift equipped.
If you have any questions about our new service, please contact: Craig Reed, Manager of Policy and Planning at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about all FRED services visit www.rideFRED.com.
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