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Free rides for voting

Throughout early voting and on Tuesday, Nov. 8, Tarrant County voters can catch a free ride to the polls on Trinity Metro, Arlington’s Via and other transit services.

Riders can show their voter registration card or current Texas ID and ride for free during early voting from Oct. 24-Nov. 4 and on Election Day, Nov. 8.

The Tarrant County Commissioners Court approved a partnership with transportation services in Tarrant County to pay for customer trips to voting locations, with an amount not to exceed $20,000. This program is a continuation of the Election Transportation Program that was offered in November 2019, March 2020, November 2020, November 2021 and March 2022.

“It is important that everyone get out and vote this November,” said Tarrant County Precinct 1 Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks. “Once again, Tarrant County is offering free rides to the polls, including access to services for the elderly and mobility-impaired through this partnership. Anyone who needs a ride to the polls should take advantage of this service.”

The transit services included in the program are Trinity Metro’s bus routesZIPZONE on-demand rideshare servicesACCESS paratransit, plus Tarrant County Transportation Services (TCTS), Northeast Transportation Services (NETS), and Arlington’s Via and Handitran.

To use Trinity Metro ZIPZONE, download the ZIPZONE app and book your ride. Free ZIPZONE rides will be offered to or from any identified voter center location within a zone. For questions about bus routes, ZIPZONE or ACCESS paratransit rides to your polling place, call Trinity Metro at 817-215-8600.

To use Via’s on-demand service in Arlington, riders simply download Via’s app and enter the address of a Vote Center within Via’s service area or call 817-459-6777 to schedule a ride by phone. USE the promo code ARNVOTE22F.

Those who qualify and want to ride to vote on ACCESS, TCTS, NETS or Handitran should call the provider at least 48 hours ahead of the trip to schedule their free ride to any of the voting locations.

“We always appreciate the opportunity to partner with the Tarrant County Commissioners Court to provide rides for voters,” said Wayne Gensler, Trinity Metro vice president and chief operating officer for bus and paratransit. “The County’s support helps voters get to the polls, and we are happy to provide transit for them.”

Tarrant County has multiple locations for early voting and a list of locations for Election Day.