TARTA offers free rides to the polls

Published: Nov. 4, 2019 at 11:57 AM EST
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On Election Day, thousands of Toledoans need help getting to the polls. That's where TARTA comes in. They've been offering free rides to voters for more than a decade, and this year is no exception.

"People have a hard enough time getting where they need to be on a regular day, and during election season, that becomes just a little more important," Amy Mohr with TARTA said.

She said that's the motivation behind offering the free rides: having your voice be heard on Election Day. "We want to remove as many barriers as possible, and this is one way that we can do that," she said.

Ohio polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. And as long as the polls are open, all you have to do is board the bus. And you have multiple ways to catch a free ride.

Mohr lists the options: "It's for our fixed-line service, the large buses that you see coming and going, our TARPS service, which is our para-transit for people living with disabilities. And for people who use Call-A-Ride."

Call-A-Ride services riders in Maumee, Ottawa Hills, Rossford, Sylvania, Sylvania Township, and Waterville.

This marks the 11th year of free rides on Election Day. Last year, Mohr said thousands packed the seats. "Nearly 6,000 people took advantage of the free rides on our TARTA fixed-line service, and almost 1,000 for TARPS. So you're looking at 7,000 people who were able to get where they needed to go, free of fare," she said.

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