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SMART to offer free rides on Election Day


The SMART bus system is planning to offer - for the first time - free transit service to all riders on Election Day.

SMART is the regional public transportation provider for Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties.

The free service applies to SMART's Fixed Route, Connector, and ADA Paratransit Service for people with disabilities, as well as the ride share service SMART Flex.

Tiffany Gunter, deputy general manager of SMART, said SMART takes voting seriously as a civic duty.

"Providing free rides just creates greater access for individuals who may not have a vehicle or may have vision impairments or some form of a disability," said Gunter. "We want to make sure that they don't feel as if they don't have the ability to participate in their civic duty."

The free services in both the SMART and Detroit transit systems will run from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on November 8th.

Free rides are not limited to trips to the polls.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story reported that the Detroit Department of Transportation would also provide free rides on election day. That is incorrect. DDOT says an internal communication error led to them giving the incorrect information to Michigan Radio.

Virginia Gordan has been a part-time reporter at Michigan Radio since fall 2013. She has a general beat covering news topics from across the state.