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City Offers Free Bus Rides on Election Day

11/3/2020

The City of Gainesville Regional Transit System is offering free fares on all bus routes on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. 

“The goal is to ensure that lack of transportation is not a factor that stands between our neighbors’ and their most fundamental civic duty,” said Malisa McCreedy, director of Transportation and Mobility for the City of Gainesville. “RTS is here to take our neighbors where they need to go, and we are happy to provide this critical service on election day at no cost.”

Individuals wishing to ride RTS to a polling place are encouraged to locate their precinct location through the precinct finder page on votealachua.com. RTS routes serving polling locations are as follows:

  • City College: route 13
  • North Gainesville Baptist Church: routes 39, 43
  • North Central Florida YMCA: route 8
  • SFC Blount Center: routes 5, 10, 27
  • Hilton UF Conference Center: routes 20, 21, 28, 33, 34, 36
  • Freedom Community Center at Kanapaha Park: route 75
  • Gateway Christian Center: route 6
  • Creekside Community Church: routes 8, 39
  • Millhopper Branch Library: route 43

“This is an awesome effort by the City of Gainesville and RTS to make polling places more accessible on Election Day. It speaks to our shared commitment to making sure everyone in our community has a voice,” said Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Kim Barton.

For the well-being of passengers, RTS implemented has thorough sanitation protocols —cleaning surfaces regularly and using an areoclave sterilization system to disinfect bus interiors.

Ridership is limited to no more than 20 seated passengers at any given time in order to maintain proper social distancing standards. Passengers are reminded masks or facial coverings are required while onboard city buses.