Tuesday, October 29, 2019

City, GRTC to provide free rides on Election Day, recognize Election Day as a city holiday

Click here to watch a video about rides to the polls

For the second consecutive year, the City of Richmond, in partnership with the Greater Richmond Transit Corporation, will provide free rides within the city’s GRTC transit network on November 5, 2019 in order to encourage participation in the state and local election. Richmond residents will be able to use any GRTC bus route within the limits of the city, including the GRTC Pulse and CARE, to reach their polling location, free of charge.

“Democracy is not a spectator sport,” said Mayor Stoney. “This measure removes lack of transportation as an obstacle to civic participation. Regardless of your politics, I encourage you to get in the game. And now it’s as easy as hopping on the bus to get to the polls.”

GRTC Chief Executive Officer Julie Timm said, “GRTC connects with nearly every single polling location in the City of Richmond, with more than 400 bus stops within a short walk. We are pleased to partner again this year with the city on fare-free Election Day rides.”

The City of Richmond will also be closed on November 5 to allow city employees ample time to vote and care for their families, many of which include children who will have the day off from school. While city offices will be closed, city-owned buildings hosting polling locations will be accessible during voting hours, including the General Registrar’s office on the first floor of City Hall, 900 E. Broad Street. 

For more information on riding a bus to the polls, use this map to explore your transit options, visit ridegrtc.com or contact Carrie Rose Pace at carrie.rosepace@grtc.com or 804-474-9354.

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