RTA providing free rides to the polls on Tuesday, March 17th

For Immediate Release

MEDIA CONTACT:  Jessica Olson (937) 425-8352, Communications Manager

(DAYTON, OHIO) … Area residents won’t have to rely on the “luck of the Irish” this St. Patrick’s Day to get to the polls. To ensure access for everyone who chooses to exercise their right to vote in Ohio’s primary election, the Greater Dayton RTA will provide free rides system-wide on Mar. 17.

The RTA understands the necessity for reliable transportation to fulfill this constitutional right. Along with providing thousands of riders with daily transportation to work, medical appointments, and activities, a trip to the voting polls is now accessible to all with a free ride on all election days. These free rides apply to both RTA’s fixed-route and paratransit services.

The RTA has long supported the community’s need for accessible and reliable transportation on important days throughout the year, such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving, by offering free rides. It is continuing that trend by offering free rides on election days to further foster an atmosphere of inclusion and generate awareness for important causes and events in the community.

“We want to do our part in ensuring members of our community have access to the polls,” said Brandon Policicchio, Chief Customer and Business Development Officer for the RTA. “By offering free rides we’re eliminating transportation as an obstacle for people wanting to exercise their right to vote.”

Riders are encouraged to use the Transit app, RTA’s official real-time information and trip-planning mobile application, to find the bus stop closest to their polling place. The app is free to download and available to both Android and Apple users. More information about the app can be found on our website here: iriderta.org/ridetime/track-by-app. Those needing to find their polling location can use the Montgomery County Board of Election’s website at https://lookup.boe.ohio.gov/vtrapp/montgomery/pollfinder.aspx.