Metro to provide free bus and paratransit rides on Election Day
October 22, 2020
Metro Transit announced today that bus and MOBY paratransit services will be fare-free on November 3rd for Election Day.
“The Metro Board of Directors is committed to the mission of connecting the members of our community to the places they care about, and that includes polling locations,” said Jay Lund, chair of Metro’s Board.
This year marks Metro’s second “Bus to Ballot” initiative, following free rides for the 2016 election.
“Providing free transit on Election Day helps us ensure that transportation is not a barrier to participation in the democratic process,” said Metro’s CEO, Lauren Cencic.
A map of Douglas County polling locations in relation to Metro routes can be found here. Riders can plan their trip and track their bus using MyRide OMA, which is available online and as a smartphone app.
Other Election Day transportation opportunities in the Omaha area include:
- Heartland B-cycle will offer free rides on November 3rd to help people vote as part of the Roll to the Polls initiative
- Culxr House will offer free rides to your polling place on November 3rd – sign up here
- Bird will offer free rides for up to 30 minutes on November 3rd as part of Roll to the Polls
- Lyft will offer 50% off one ride up to $10 on November 3rd to any polling location or dropbox
- Spin will offer $10 in ride credits on November 3rd to help riders get to and from their polling locations as part of Roll to the Polls
- Uber will offer 50% off roundtrip rides to and from the polls (up to $7 each trip)
For more information on your polling place and voting information, please visit your respective Election Commission website:
To download our media kit, which includes posters, graphics, and more, click here.
In an ongoing effort to ensure that buses and paratransit vehicles are clean and safe, Metro continues to take measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, including:
- Continuing a rigorous daily cleaning schedule with an increased concentration of disinfectant
- Using an electrostatic sprayer on all buses and paratransit vehicles every evening, which disperses a CDC-approved disinfectant across all interior surfaces
- Adding an anti-microbial coating during Metro’s ongoing bus seat cleaning process
- Trading out buses on high ridership routes mid-day for extra cleaning
- Installing safety shields around driver seats to reduce contact between drivers and riders