Free Rides on Election Day

Posted on: Aug 03, 2018

Kansas City Region Offers Free Fares on Aug. 7

(Kansas City, Mo. – Aug. 2, 2018) RideKC routes will offer free fares all day on Tuesday, Aug. 7, to make it easier for citizens to vote. 

“Exercising the right to vote is so important that we want to make it as easy as possible to get to the polls,” said KCATA President and CEO Robbie Makinen. “We are grateful to our regional transit partners in Johnson County, Independence and KCK for agreeing to again make this a truly regional transit initiative.”

On Election Day, fares on all RideKC bus routes serving Kansas City, Johnson County, Wyandotte County and Independence will be free. Paratransit will also be free to ride. 

“Public transportation plays a vital role connecting people to opportunities that lead to improved health and a better quality of life,” said David Alvey, Mayor/CEO of Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan. ”Also, one’s ability to vote and participate in the electoral process is an essential right that affects every aspect of our lives.  I am grateful to the KCATA and their model transportation options they offer on Election Day. KCATA’s actions help make it easier for citizens to voice their opinions at the ballot.”

To find your polling place and check your voter status, Kansas City residents in Jackson County can visit the Kansas City Election Board website. For other locations in Missouri, start with the Secretary of State’s website.

In Kansas, Johnson County voters can access resources at Johnson County Election Office, and Wyandotte County election information is available at Wyandotte County Election Office. Kansas allows Advance Voting in person and by mail, in addition to voting at the polls on Aug. 7. The above websites can provide more details. For those who live elsewhere in Kansas, information is available at Vote Kansas.

Customers can plan their travel early. For help planning your trip, call 816-221-0660 and be ready to provide the starting address and the address of the polling place you will be traveling to. Customers can also plan a trip with Google Transit trip planner, available on the home page of The Regional Transit Call Center is also open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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