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FRED bus service to expand Caroline schedule

The FRED Regional Transit System will expand its bus schedule in Caroline County.

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimous Tuesday to accept the new schedule that will go into effect on July 2.

The change will add six hours of daily service in Caroline.

Fredericksburg’s Director of Public Transit Kathleen Beck said bus routes from Bowling Green to Carmel Church will start 45 minutes earlier at 6:45 a.m. and the last route from Carmel Church to Bowling Green will leave an hour and 15 minutes later at 6:20 p.m.

First connectors to Fredericksburg will also start an hour earlier at 7:30 a.m. and the last connector from Fredericksburg to Ladysmith will run two hours later at 5:30 p.m., Beck said.

Beck said they have worked with their drivers and received input from frequent passengers to come up with the improved schedule.

Caroline budgeted $132,000 in the fiscal year 2013 budget to fund the Fred buses in the rural county. Last year, Fred reduced its services in Caroline because of a budget shortfall.

Deloris Brown, a regular FRED bus rider, said the new schedule will be beneficial to a lot of people who lack their own transportation to work or doctor visits.

“One guy lost his job due to the last schedule change,” she said. “With this one, he may be able to get his job back.”

Beck said FRED celebrated 10 years of service in Caroline in March.

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