KAT Offers Free Rides to Knoxville Voters on Election Day

Knoxville's KAT provides fare-free transportation to polling stations on March 5, 2024.

In a significant move to bolster voter turnout, the Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) has announced that it will offer fare-free rides to all passengers on Election Day, Tuesday, March 5, 2024. This initiative is part of a broader effort to eliminate transportation barriers that might prevent residents from casting their ballots.

Isaac Thorne, the Director of Transit for the City of Knoxville, highlighted the importance of accessible transportation on Election Day, stating, “Transportation should never be a barrier to voting. We are committed to ensuring that all Knoxvillians have easy access to polling locations on Election Day.” This statement underlines the city’s dedication to fostering an inclusive voting environment where every voice can be heard.

Passengers looking to take advantage of this offer can plan their trip to the polls using the free Transit app, the trip planner feature on KAT’s website (www.KATBus.com), or by contacting KAT’s customer service at 865-637-3000. By providing multiple ways to plan their journey, KAT ensures that voters can find the most convenient route to their voting location without the added stress of transportation costs.

KAT also advises passengers to plan their trips early, as some bus routes may end before polling stations close. This proactive approach aims to ensure that all voters reach their destinations well before the last ballot is cast.

For residents unsure of their designated polling station, KAT recommends visiting www.KnoxVotes.org to find the most accurate and up-to-date information.

This fare-free service on Election Day is a testament to KAT’s commitment to community engagement and democratic participation. By removing one of the key hurdles to voting, KAT hopes to encourage a higher voter turnout and strengthen the democratic process in Knoxville.

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