KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Buses in the Kansas City region won’t cost a penny during the upcoming Election Day, held on Tuesday, Nov. 7. That’s because, just like last year, RideKC routes serving Kansas City, Johnson County, Wyandotte County and Independence will offer free fares all day to make it easier for citizens to vote. KCATA and Johnson County paratransit will also be free to ride.
“Exercising the right to vote is so important that we want to make it as easy as possible to get to the polls,” Kansas City Area Transportation Authority President and CEO Robbie Makinen. “We are grateful to our regional transit partners in Johnson County, Independence, and KCK for agreeing to again make this a truly regional transit initiative.”
“Kansas City, Missouri voters have the opportunity to significantly impact our transportation infrastructure with their vote on November 7. I am grateful to the KCATA and RideKC for providing free rides on Election Day to ensure all voters can make their voices heard,” Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James said.
This year’s election day ballot will include the issue of a new Kansas City International airport terminal, with some voters also casting their ballots in the special elections for Senate District 8, a three-way race between Rep. Mike Cierpiot (R), Hillary Shields (D), and Jacob Turk (I) as well as House District 23, featuring another three-prong race between Barbara Anne Washington (D), David Martin (R), and Daniel Trott (Green).
For help planning your trip in the Kansas City region, call 816-221-0660 and be ready to provide the starting address and the address of the polling place you will be traveling to. Customers can also plan a trip with Google Transit trip planner, available on the home page of RideKC.org. The Regional Transit Call Center is also open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
To find your polling place and check your voter status, check with the Secretary of State’s website, http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/govotemissouri/.
Benjamin Peters was a reporter for The Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine and also produced the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined The Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield.