UMW promotes and encourages alternative modes of transportation (bicycling, walking, vanpooling, carpooling, riding transit, etc.) to get to, from, and around campus instead of a single occupancy vehicle (SOV). This will result in fewer cars on campus and on the roads, reduced demand for parking spaces, less traffic congestion, fewer vehicle/pedestrian conflicts, and less air pollution.


Multiple bike racks exist throughout campus, making the use of bikes to get across campus a quick and convenient option. Biking is also an option for getting around the surrounding neighborhoods and to downtown Fredericksburg, which is considered bike-friendly due to its wide one-way streets.


FREDericksburg Regional Transit (FRED) buses are FREE to University students with presentation of the student ID card. Convenient stops are located along the double drive within the main gates off College Avenue, in front of Seacobeck and on Sunken Road. In addition to runs to the historic downtown area of shops and eateries, major shopping areas, and movie complexes on Route 3, a special FRED Express service was developed especially for the University students and operates Thurs.-Sun., August through April. For more information call (540) 372-1222 or visit the web site at


UMW is minutes away from both a Greyhound bus station and an Amtrak rail station that many students use to travel home. Additionally, the school is 50 miles away from Washington, D.C. where you can also catch a train at Union Station or access Reagan, Dulles, or BWI airport for your traveling needs. It is recommend that students apply for student advantage discount cards through Amtrak, and work out their holiday travel plans in advance.