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FRED Regional Transit — the local bus service for Stafford and Spotsylvania counties and Fredericksburg — has a new name.

The buses will now be known as “FXBGO!”

From Fredericksburg City Government — Capitalizing on the popular “FXBG” abbreviation for Fredericksburg, the new logo features FXB in capital letters, a G with an arrow, an O, and an exclamation point. The new overall brand turns the Fredericksburg bus system map into a modern design, symbolizing connectivity and possibility. As part of the rebranding, the shorthand name for the agency is being updated from “FRED Transit” to “FXBGO!” (pronounced by saying the letters “FXB” and the word “Go”).

“Our region is growing and changing, and we’re growing with it,” said Jamie Jackson, Fredericksburg Regional Transit Director. “We’re excited to start rolling out a brand that

The branded bus will be parked on the bridge during Saturday’s event from 10 – 2 p.m., and the community is invited tour the bus and visit with staff.

The full Fredericksburg Regional Transit rebrand will include updated buses, uniforms, bus stop signage, and more. The rebrand will be implemented over the next year.

Formed in 1996, Fredericksburg Regional Transit provides public transit services in the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Spotsylvania and Stafford. Fredericksburg Regional Transit currently operates a modern fleet of 30 buses, and provides approximately 300,000 trips annually. The mission of Fredericksburg Regional Transit is to provide accessible, affordable, dependable, efficient, environmentally sound, safe and secure transportation for people who reside or work or visit within the Fredericksburg, Virginia region. To learn more, visit: Fredericksburgva.gov/Transit.

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Next week, the Virginia Department of Transportation will open the second Interstate 95 southbound bridge over the Rappahannock River in the Fredericksburg area.

I-95 southbound capacity across the Rappahannock River will be doubled when the new bridge opens. Six southbound travel lanes will cross the river, marking a significant milestone in the construction of the $132 million I-95 Southbound Rappahannock Crossing Project.

The existing southbound bridge will carry local traffic between exit 133 (Route 17) in Stafford County and exit 130 (Route 3) in the City of Fredericksburg. Through traffic, or travelers with destinations south of Fredericksburg, will use the new bridge.

Signs will direct drivers as they navigate the new decision point south of exit 136 (Centreport Parkway).

Crews will also open a new interstate overpass that spans Route 17 in Stafford.

While additional southbound travel lanes are opening next week, motorists will still encounter a temporary traffic pattern as work continues toward project completion in late 2021.
Expect Major I-95 Southbound Delays Oct. 12-13

To prepare for the new traffic pattern, lane closures are scheduled on I-95 southbound over 19 hours between the exit 136 (Centreport Parkway) and exit 130 (Route 3) interchanges. Crews will be milling and paving, and will uncover new overhead signs that will guide drivers through a new decision point for separate local and through traffic lanes.
I-95 southbound travelers can expect major delays from 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 through 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13.

I-95 southbound travelers are strongly encouraged to choose an alternate route on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 12, through early afternoon Wednesday, Oct. 13 to avoid delays, especially for destinations outside the Fredericksburg area.

All lanes of I-95 northbound will remain open during this traffic shift.

In the event of inclement weather, this work zone will be rescheduled to occur the following week from 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, until 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.

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Malawi’s Pizza is celebrating its fourth anniversary by unveiling its new food truck as part of a new mission to help feed the community.

That mission known as “Feed FXBG” seeks to engage with local companies in the Fredericksburg area to meet the hunger needs of the local community. Malawi’s mission as “Pizza with a Purpose” has been the driving force for the company since its opening in Fredericksburg four years ago.

Malawi’s Pizza charitable efforts are known as its “Journey to a Million Meals” program. That goal was to donate one meal to a child in Malawi, Africa, for every meal purchased in their restaurant.

The Utah-based pizzeria recently announced the success of that program, having donated their one-millionth meal last year.

“Feed FXBG” takes the concept from the Journey program and brings it to a local level. Malawi Fredericksburg’s owners Patrick and Rebecca Church have also been active in the local community by supporting the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, an organization that brings meals to those in need in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Caroline, and other nearby counties.

The restaurant itself also serves as a drop-off location for non-perishable food items meant for donation. Malawi offers 10 percent off the total purchase of an order with that donation.

Like many other businesses, Malawi’s struggled to stay afloat due to a lack of foot traffic at the Spotsylvania Town Center where they are located and worker and supply shortages during the Coronavirus pandemic.
“We are thrilled to make it through the difficulties presented by the pandemic,” stated owner Patrick Church in a press release. “It truly was the local, loyal patrons that carried us through these difficult times.”
Malawi’s Pizza is located in Spotsylvania Town Center at 1 Towne Center Boulevard, Suite 2400.

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