“Hello, I voted,” said Judith McAllister, as she boarded a METRO bus outside Portland City Hall Tuesday morning. A few other riders looked up and smiled at the elderly woman in purple. It’s the first election where the bus service is free all day to shuttle voters to the polls.
As the bus pulled up to the East End Community School, a smiling couple, one proudly wearing an “I voted” sticker, climbed aboard.
“Hillary will kick ass,” said Felix Craft, a 52-year-old temp, who confirmed his vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. “I am tired of men,” he said.
His friend Annabelle Garcia, a native of Puerto Rico, voted early but took the bus to the polls anyway. She wanted to see democracy in action. “I am worried and stressed,” said the 67-year-old retiree. “I want to see the process and what’s working and what’s not.”
Because the bus is free all day on all routes, she was going to ride it to the polls later in the day for another look. “It’s amazing,” said Garcia.
“Transit agencies throughout the country offer free rides on Election Day, including our neighbors to the north in Bangor,” said METRO General Manager Greg Jordan in a press release. “We want to help people get to the polls.”
For additional information and details about METRO service visit gpmetrobus.net.