Tri-county transits give voters free rides to polls for general election
LANSING, Mich. – To eliminate transportation barriers for voters who require access to polling centers or clerks’ offices, and to facilitate voter registration and early voting, the region’s three transit agencies – CATA, EATRAN and Clinton Transit – will provide systemwide free rides, effective immediately and during polling hours for the general election Tuesday, Nov. 7.
CATA’s fixed-route passengers simply inform their driver that they are traveling to or from a polling center or clerk’s office to receive a free ride. Spec-Tran and Rural Service trips must be scheduled by 5 p.m. the day before the desired trip date. Same-day rides are not available for these services. CATA also recommends that all Redi-Ride trips to polling centers and clerks’ offices be booked no later than Nov. 6. Demand-response rides can be arranged by calling 517-394-2282.
EATRAN riders must reserve trips to and from Eaton County polling centers and clerks’ offices by dialing 517-543-4087. Reserve your trip to a polling center or clerk’s office by 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6.
Clinton Transit voters should call 989-224-8127 or use the Clinton Transit mobile app prior to Nov. 7 to schedule a ride to and from the county’s polling centers. Scheduling Department hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Early voting in Clinton County will be available beginning with the presidential primary in 2024.
“Our region’s transit authorities continue to make strides by providing transportation solutions throughout the tri-county area. Removing barriers to polling centers is just one example of the collaboration between agencies as we advance our commitment to regional mobility,” said CATA CEO and EATRAN Executive Director, Bradley T. Funkhouser.