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Ask 2: How can I get to a voting poll if I don’t have a car?

HOUSTONAt KPRC 2, we’re dedicated to keeping Houstonians informed. As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston.

Question: How can I get to a voting poll if I don’t have a car?

Answer: Agencies around town are offering free rides to the polls.

Here are a few we gathered information on:

Metro

If you’re registered to vote, you can take advantage of a free round-trip to the polls on the following METRO services:

  • Local Bus
  • METRORail
  • METRORapid
  • METROLift paratransit (available to METROLift-eligible customers only)

Riders only need to inform bus drivers or fare inspectors that they are going to or returning from a poll.

The free rides will be offered from Oct. 27-29 and on Nov. 3.

You can get more information at ridemetro.org.

Fort Bend County

Fort Bend County Judge KP George announced that the county has waived the fare for Fort Bend County Public Transportation on Nov. 3 so all voters have access to transportation on Election Day.

BCycle

Early voting is here, and BCycle can get you to your nearest polling location while the lines are still short.

What you need to know about BCycle’s free rides:

  • If you are checking out a BCycle at a kiosk, use promo code: 1103
  • If you are using the mobile app to check out, use promo code: 1103APP
  • All trips are free for the first 30 minutes -- standard overage fees will still apply
  • Codes can be used as many times as needed through Monday

Local funeral homes providing limos to the polls on Election Day

The National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association (NFDMA) has partnered with the National Urban League to do just that and provide free Limousine rides to the polls on Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The primary focus will be on senior citizens, over the age of 55, but no request for transportation will be denied. Masks will be required by drivers as well as passengers and cleaning measures will be taken.

Houston funeral homes participating include:

  • Allen Dave Funeral Home & Crematorium
  • Ross Mortuary

Uber and Lyft

Uber and Lyft are players too in the ride game - offering discounted rides.

Uber launched the “Get Out and Vote” campaign and they’re offering a 50-percent roundtrip discount using the poll-finding feature inside the app.

That deal maxes out at $7 or up to $14 for the two trips.

The discounts will be automatically applied when you request your ride by using the polling finder.

It applies on all ride options, including bikes and scooters.

Also don’t forget your mask when taking a trip!

Lyft will have 50-percent off one ride up to $10 to any polling location or dropbox using the promo code 2020vote.

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