Update: 4:40 pm, 11/8/16, Tuesday
CHAMPAIGN-URBANA — Many had no problem hitching a ride to the polls this year. For the first time, C-U MTD offered free bus rides all day.
Many took advantage and say it helped get them to their polling places. One rider says the free rides might make a big difference in voter turnout. The rides run until 7:30 pm.
Original: 8:25 am, 11/7/16, Monday
CHAMPAIGN — Transportation organizations are making sure people have no excuse to stay home on Election Day. Many communities have resources to take people to polling places November 8.
“Public transit is a public service and so it just makes sense, on that day in particular, when there’s such a calling for civic duty, for the general public to be able to build all of that together and provide that perfect free open opportunity for people to do that civic duty, so it just all makes sense to us,” said Karl Gnadt, of CU-MTD.