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Voting is easier with CATA

**Check back for details for the free rides provided to polling sites for 2024 August Primary Election and November General Election. 

Free rides provided to polling sites for the May 7, 2024 specialvoting is easier with cata - free rides to sites election 

To eliminate transportation barriers for voters, the region’s three transit agencies – CATA, EATRAN and Clinton Transit – will provide systemwide free rides to polling sites on Tuesday, May 7, the day of the special election.

To ride free of charge, simply inform your driver that you are going to vote when you board. There is no ID required. 

Trips to ballot boxes located throughout the three counties also qualify for a free ride. 

The May 7 special election ballots will be comprised of school bond proposals in each of the three counties. Lansing City Charter Commission candidates will also be included on the city’s ballot. Visit www.michigan.gov/vote to view your sample ballot. 

Free rides to the polls service expanded for early voting

CATA has offered systemwide free rides to polls since 1988.

With the passing of Proposal 2 in November 2022, voters now have the constitutional right to cast their vote early for every statewide and federal election. For election information including a list of early voting locations, check your county's website as they differ from election day polling sites.

How do I schedule a fare-free trip for voting?


  • For a fare-free trip on CATA's fixed-route service, riders should simply inform their bus driver upon boarding that they are going to vote. Utilize our Trip Planner Tool to find the best route to your early voting or polling sites. For questions, call a Customer Experience Representative at 517-394-1000.  
  • To schedule a fare-free Spec-Tran, Rural Service or Redi-Ride trip, customers must disclose their desire to vote when they book their ride. Spec-Tran and Rural Service rides must be scheduled by 5 p.m. one day in advance of the desired trip date. Same-day trips will not be permitted. Demand-response rides can be arranged by calling 517-394-2282.


  • EATRAN riders must reserve trips to and from Eaton County polling centers by calling 517-543-4087 no later than 5 p.m. the day before they plan to vote.

Clinton Transit

  • Clinton Transit voters should call 989-224-8127 or use the Clinton Transit mobile app to schedule a ride at least a day in advance of travel to and from Clinton County 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.

Identification or proof of voter registration will not be required for a fare-free trip to vote.

How or where do I vote?

Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center at www.michigan.gov/vote for your voter information, sample ballot, voter forms, voter registration eligibility, polling locations and more election information.