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City council approves work on new FRED facility

The Fredericksburg City Council on Tuesday approved a $3.55 million contract to refurbish a new bus maintenance and training facility for the FREDericksburg Regional Transit system.

Lynchburg-based English Construction Company won with the lowest bid on the project, which is expected to be completed in February.

FRED hopes to open the new facility in February.

Federal and state grants cover the bulk of the project, with the city paying $141,565, according to FRED.

The new facility is in the Spotsylvania Industrial Park on State Routes 2 and 17 just across the city line, in the Bowman Center section. Western Wood Products owned the property.

The city used a Federal Transit Administration grant to buy the property for $790,000.

FRED tried to buy the currently leased maintenance and storage space on Welford Street off of U.S. 1 in the city, but couldn’t come to an agreement with the owners.

The new space in the industrial complex covers four acres. There are two warehouses, one measuring 7,200 square feet and the other 4,550 square feet. There also are two large metal sheds on the property.

The project will focus on remodeling the interior and exterior of the facilities, adding fencing, lighting, security cameras, access control and installing a fueling station.

FRED will be able to use the facility for maintenance, parking, storage and training.

The property also has room for fleet expansion and the installation of a bus washing system, which will be added because FRED also got a $1 million grant from Virginia’s Department of Rail and Public Transportation to add the system as well as canopies, electrical hookups for the buses, paving and equipment for such things as closed circuit television, security and phones.

FRED has a fleet of 30 buses that serves Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, Spotsylvania, Stafford and King George. Service in King George, however, will end Friday as the county determined that it was too expensive for the number of riders who use it.

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