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Foothills Area Mobility System (FAMS)

Announcement: You can visit the FAMS website for more information on Foothills Area Mobility System activities and services!

FAMS Background Information

Transportation has long been identified as one of the greatest unmet needs in this region for older adults and individuals with disabilities. This issue was the subject of a white paper produced jointly by RRRC and Aging Together in 2006. Of course, this is not just a local problem. Nationally, between 25 percent and 30 percent of individuals do not have access to an automobile. In addition to the elderly and disabled, this number includes low-income families or individuals who cannot afford their own vehicles or aren't able to drive for other reasons. Lack of transportation is often cited by human services organizations and employment programs as a barrier to self sufficiency for low-income families.

Finding solutions for these transportation problems requires a comprehensive, cooperative effort by all public and private organizations that provide public transportation or that have a mandate to serve low-income, elderly and disabled populations. The Federal Government has recognized the need for this type of coordinated action and built such a requirement into transit funding legislation. In Virginia, the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) is working with Planning District Commissions to develop regional Consolidated Human Services Mobility (CHSM) plans.

In PD9, development of the CHSM plan is building on a collaborative effort already in place. RRRC, Aging Together, which represents dozens of human service organizations in the region, Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services Board (RRCSB), Virginia Regional Transit (VRT), and the local Disability Services Boards have worked together and shared information to map existing services and to identify unmet needs. The next steps in this effort are to identify and prioritize potential solutions and identify resources to start implementing those solutions. RRRC will coordinate this planning effort. For more information, contact Cathy Zielinski at cmzielinski@rrregion.org.

FAMS Documents

2013 Rappahannock-Rapidan (PD9) CHSM Plan [DRAFT] - 12MB
Executive Summary - Coordinated Human Services Mobility Plan
FAMS Brochure
2008 Rappahannock-Rapidan (PD9) CHSM Plan (8 MB)
Presentation to Area Disability Services Boards (3/2008)
PDC9 Potential Strategies & Projects (Prepared by DRPT)


Regional Resources
Commuter Services
Aging Together
Virginia Regional Transit

State Agencies
Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation
Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services

Federal Government
Federal Transit Administration
United We Ride

Nonprofit Organizations
The Beverly Foundation
Community Transportation Association
National Center on Senior Transportation (NCST)
Senior Navigator




Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission
420 Southridge Parkway • Suite 106 • Culpeper, VA  22701 • Tel: (540) 829-7450 • Fax: (540) 829-7452

E-mail:  planinfo@rrregion.org