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LA Metro And Other Public Transit Services Are Free On Election Day

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Looking to exercise your right to vote in the upcoming primary election, if only you had a way to get there? You can ride a variety of public transit services for free on election day.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s buses and trains are fare-free starting midnight on March 3 through midnight March 4. You can also get to a voting center via a free, single ride (30 minutes max) on Metro’s Bike Share.

Two Metro sites actually double as voting centers — the agency’s headquarters at One Gateway Plaza and the El Monte Bus Station — from Feb. 22 through election day.

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Metro’s board approved free transit for state and federal elections in 2018 as an incentive to potentially boost voter turnout. Back in 2016, when California last held its presidential primary on June 7, L.A. County had about 4.8 million registered voters. About 40% of them cast ballots.

“A lack of transportation should never stand between a voter and the polls,” L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a press release. “Every vote counts in this democracy, and we have to do everything we can to help Americans exercise our most fundamental right.”

Metro isn’t the only agency providing free rides on March 3. The municipal transit departments of Los Angeles, Pasadena, Long Beach, and Culver City, along with the Antelope Valley Transit Authority, will also go fare-free. The county’s Access Services, which provides transit to county residents with disabilities, is also offering free trips to and from voting centers for riders and their companions (customers just have to tell the person booking their trip that they’re going to vote).

Not sure where the nearest voting center is to your home, work or elsewhere? We’ve got you covered. And you may have heard that voting in L.A. County has changed. We’ve got more on that here.