RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - GRTC customers can ride free on Election Day.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney proposed the idea in September due to the proximity of voting locations to GRTC bus stops.
“We know for many it can be difficult to get to polling locations on Election Day,” said Mayor Stoney. “With this proposal, we are hoping to increase electoral and civic participation by removing transportation as an obstacle. Our democracy is not a spectator sport. Every vote matters. So I’m asking residents to please get registered, get involved and voice your support for free public transit to the polls.”
The free rides apply to local routes, including GRTC Pulse, and City CARE van trips.
More than 400 bus stops are within a short walk of polling locations in the city, according to a release from GRTC.
An online map shows the locations of bus stops relative to polling locations throughout Richmond.