Need a ride to the polls? VIA Metropolitan Transit’s “Ride VIA to Vote” initiative provides complimentary public transportation on municipal, state and federal election days and will offer fare-free trips for voters on Election Day, Saturday, May 6.
The goal is to encourage civic engagement and participation among VIA customers and to provide transportation for voters who may not otherwise be able to get to and from their polling location. To ride fare free, customers must present a valid voter registration card to the bus or van operator on Election Day.
The complimentary service is available for regular bus service, VIA Link, and VIAtrans paratransit service throughout the VIA service area on May 6. Registered VIAtrans customers should schedule their trip in accordance with VIAtrans policies and procedures by phone or online. VIA Link trips are available within designated service zones. Customers can connect to the VIA system to travel outside the zone. Visit our VIA Link page to plan your trip.
“As a transit agency, we’re deeply rooted in the civic process and committed to providing equitable access to all community members who wish to exercise their right to be heard through the democratic process,” said Jeffrey C. Arndt, president/CEO of VIA. “We’re proud to ensure that transportation isn’t an obstacle for casting a ballot.”
Since launching the Ride VIA to Vote initiative in March 2016, the agency has provided more than 2,000 trips for people traveling to a polling location. Customers can plan their trip to a polling place with the Transit app, and by using the VIA goMobile+ app, both available for download at VIAinfo.net/gomobileplus. A complete list of Election Day voting locations also can be found at elections.bexar.org.
For additional information regarding routes and schedules on Election Day, call (210) 362-2020.