Want to vote and need a Ride in Texas? If so, this page is for you.
Thanks to my cousin, Bibi Lobo, for sharing.
TEXAS RIDES TO THE POLLS 2016
Texas buses, taxis and rideshare services, in more than 20
communities, are offering free or discounted rides to and from polling
locations. They are working independently, and generously, towards
this important community service.
Texas appears to be mobilizing more rides and transit companies than
any other state in the country.
A powerful informal network of Texans are mobilizing to inspire our
citizens to do their civic duty while honoring the soldiers who have
sacrificed to protect this core freedom.
For any community to have free rides to the polls it may not take much
more than a few folks to make the request to their local Bus, Taxi and
“This service benefits everyone in the community; especially those who
might not have the means of transportation to go vote. We are
investing in our voters and therefore investing in the community, We
want to recognize and reward participants with a free ride to exercise
their right to vote,”
- CORPUS CHRISTI REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY, (CCTA)
Plan days ahead and double check info. Give yourself time if your poll
is usually busy. Give yourself even more time if you have a special
Bring your voter registration card and a photo ID if you have one. If
you don't have one, check a box on the form indicating why you don't
and be given a ballot if you can identify yourself with non-photo
identification that has to have your name and address on it. It's in
this Handy Dandy Guide:
MASS TRANSIT SERVICES
Here are the Texas groups offering free rides to the polls.
Mariette Hummel | Communications Specialist
Rides Oct 24 and Nov 8.
-Information to Travis County
-Clerk for use on their web/social media
-Facebook and Twitter posts
-Sending info to community groups we work with
-Interior signage in buses
-Passenger notice in buses
-Head sign on buses Oct. 24 and Nov. 8
CORPUS CHRISTI REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY, (CCTA)
Early voting from October 24 through November 4 can grab a free ride
with a valid voter registration card.
Free rides provided on Election Day
Paratransit reservations can be made online or by phone. Fare is $3
cash, Personal Attendants ride for free. Paratransit Reservations:
214-515-7272; paratransit. DART.org
DART reduced fare* is $2.50 for a day pass and $1.25 for two hour
pass. Reduced fare is only applicable if you have proper form of ID.
FT. WORTH -The T.
Fort Worth Transportation Authority
Shawn M. Donaghy - Chief Operating Officer and Vice President
Free rides provided on Election Day and two weeks of early voting
METRO is in the process of finalizing plans for offering free rides to
the polls on the one Saturday of early voting, October 29th and on
Election day, November 8th. Voters will need to show their voter
registration card to board our buses and rail. They will be able to
call our customer service line at 713-635-4000 for any questions..
Vice President & Senior Press Officer
Direct line: 713-739-4011
SAN ANTONIO VIA
Free rides provided on Election Day.
website link – www.VIAinfo.net
-email or phone number to provide online for voters who need a ride to
the polls to call? Customer Service – 210.362.2020 can answer
questions regarding our service and Ride VIA to Vote / for VIAtrans
riders they will need to reserve a ride as they normally would
-The “Ride VIA to Vote” initiative will provide complimentary public
transportation throughout the VIA service area for customers
presenting a valid voter registration card to the bus or van operator
when boarding on Election Day. This includes regular bus service and
VIAtrans paratransit service. Registered VIAtrans customers must
schedule their trip in accordance with VIAtrans policies and
SAN MARCOS - CARTS - Capital Area Rural Transportation System
Reduced fares on Election Day. The cost to travel in the county on the
interurban is $2. On the THE BUS (San Marcos Municipal Bus Route) it
is $1 one way.
No reservation is required except if you are using the country bus.
Counties covered: Bastrop, Caldwell, Lee, Burnet, Fayette, Travis,
Blanco, Hays, Williamson
ALAMO REGIONAL TRANSIT, ART
Possibly has free rides on Election Day. Wheelchair accessible. It is
a $2 fee for in town transit. Monday-Friday 7 AM to 6 PM. Must
schedule ride 24 hours in advance.
Counties Covered: Medina, Kerr, Kendall, Karnes, Comal, Atascosa,
Guadalupe, Gillespie, Frio, Fannin,Wilson
HARRIS COUNTY RIDES
For people for whom public transportation is either unavailable or
inaccessible. A curb-to-curb subsidized program that allows eligible
customers and participating agencies to purchase transportation
services at a significant discount. The customer/agency pays 50% of
the total trip cost.
Edward K. Kargbo
President & CMO
(O) 512-434-7781 : (C) 512-784-3239
*AUSTIN Yellow Cab
Debbie Taylor <email@example.com>
*HOUSTON Yellow Cab
Melissa McGehee <mmcGehee@houstonyellowcab.com>
SAN ANTONIO. Yellow Cab
Kenny Chiem <firstname.lastname@example.org>
GALVESTON Yellow Cab
PASADENA. Yellow Cab
AUSTIN - RIDE/AUSTIN
CORPUS CHRISTI - TRIDE
Free rides to polls on Election Day and two week early voting period
We will post a link on our homepage that allows them to schedule their ride.
TEXAS - UBER (TX not Austin)
Uber has a new program, Voterdrive, that allows people to receive and
offer subsidized rides to the polls, only on election day. Available
many places in Texas, except Austin.
VoterDrive will provide voters with a free ride to and from their
polling location (up to $10 per ride) by requesting and scheduling a
ride through the VoterDrive.us website. Voters can sign up to request
a ride to the polls at www.voterdrive.us.
Available in Houston, Lubbock, Midland, San Antonio, Abilene,
Amarillo, Beaumont, Killeen, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Waco, El Paso, Tyler
*AUSTIN - SCOOPME
AUSTIN - FARE
Gavin Washburn (Ride Fare) email@example.com
Founder - Director of Marketing
”DRIVE A SENIOR” SERVICES
AUSTIN, ROUND ROCK, PFLUGERVILLE, HUTTO, GEORGETOWN, CEDAR PARK, ELGIN.
We provide free transportation to our senior clients who requested a
ride to the polls.
www.Driveasenior.net (Local News)
www.Driveasenior.org ( Regional Information)
Elgin does provide transportation to the polls to enrolled clients as
long as it's setup in advance.
Drive a Senior ~ Elgin
PO Box 1368
Elgin, TX 78621
Drive a Senior Northwest (www.driveasenior northwest.org) provides
rides anywhere a registered client requests, but need a 1-week notice
to put it on our schedule (all our clients know this and many have
already scheduled their ride to vote). If someone needs a ride who is
not a client, we would have to have at least a week to get them signed
up, then another week for the ride request...and they need to fit our
qualifications (age 60 or over, live in our service area, mobile - not
in a wheelchair) to get that process started.
Drive a Senior Northwest - a Faith in Action Program
10633 Lake Creek Parkway
AUSTIN Senior Transportation is grant funded (Department of Disability
and Aging/Capital Area Council of Governments) that require rider
eligibility requirements with for individuals to qualify for the
program; the grant employees (drivers) are only allowed to be used for
grant programming eligible rides.
Tiffany M. Cabin, MS, CPRP
Division Manager - Centralized Program
Austin Parks and Recreation Department
200 South Lamar
Austin, Texas 78704
AUSTIN’S CAPITAL CITY SENIOR VILLAGE volunteers will drive their
members to polls, also.
INDIVIDUAL RIDES AND RIDERS
Enterprising individuals might consider using their local Craig's List
to match rides and riders.
If you are a person who requires transportation assistance to your
polling place and you have a disability, it is encouraged for you to
use your usual means of transportation. Most urban transit systems
have their version of a paratransit system. Contact your local
paratransit and make a reservation ahead of time for a ride to your
polling site. If you are in a more rural setting, there are several
agencies and transportation services in the below stated list that may
be of assistance to you. Most of these services will cost a small fee
or may be covered by Medicaid. It is encouraged to contact these
companies and reserve a ride as well.
If there are rideshares in your area (Uber, Lyft, etc.) this could be
another transportation option, but it is strongly suggested to call
ahead and see if they have accessible cars if that is something you
require. Cab companies are required to be ADA compliant.
Also consider contacting your local independent living center to see
if they have some resources to offer. You may also consider dialing
411 and asking the operator if there are transportation resources in
If you should experience any kind of discrimination when trying to get
transportation assistance, or if someone will only offer you a ride if
you vote for a particular candidate please contact the Disability
Rights Texas Voter Hotline at 1-888-796-VOTE (8683).
DISABILITY INFORMATION COURTESY OF
Molly Broadway, LMSW
Training and Technical Specialist for Voting Rights
Disability Rights Texas | 2222 W. Braker Ln. | Austin, TX 78758
512.407.2725 direct | 512.323.0902 fax | 512.454.4816 main |
888.796.8683 voter rights hotline
firstname.lastname@example.org | www.disabilityrightstx.org
Corpus Christi Buses offer free rides to the polls
Warren Buffet offers rides to the polls
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS TEXAS
With general questions, additions and corrections about this voting
service contact: Paul Silver Pjsilver50@gmail.com.
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