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Hillsborough buses to offer free rides for primary election



Registered voters in Hillsborough can catch a free bus ride to the polls on Tuesday to cast their vote in the primary election.

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority is offering free rides to customers with a valid voter information card. All they have to do is show their card to the bus operator when boarding.

"I appreciate HART's partnership in helping voters get to the polls on Election Day," said Craig Latimer, Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections. "This is an important election because several new school board members and judges will be elected during this Primary. These are nonpartisan races that everyone will have on their ballot, whether they are affiliated with a party or not."

Riders should look up routes in advance to determine which one gets them closest to their polling place. 

"As a community partner, we take pride in doing our part to offer free bus service to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to vote and are pleased to be able to offer this service to Hillsborough County residents," said Katharine Eagan, HART Chief Executive Officer.

Voters can only use this offer on regular HART buses, not HARTPlus or the TECO Line Streetcar System.


Patrons who present their valid voter information card will ride free to their closest local polling location. Simply show your valid voter information card to the Bus Operator when boarding for your free ride.

Riders are encouraged to determine in advance which routes will get them to, or close to, their polling places. To plan a Primary Election Day trip, you can use the trip planner feature of OneBusAway or the Google trip planner feature

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 10:37am]


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