Voter turnout in Detroit hasn’t been great.
For what is maybe the most important part of our democracy there sure are a lot of issues in the way of getting to the polls. From not having time off work, insufficient childcare options, lack of access to voter information resources or not having transportation to the polls there are too many barriers for folks in Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck when it comes to being represented. No vote means no voice, which is bad.
But we can make it much better.
We’re working the solve the transportation issue for those who want to vote. This election day we’re going to run routes using our whole bus fleet and volunteers with their own cars to get Detroiters to their local polling place. It’s pretty ambitious, but big problems usually need big answers.
We’re serving all of Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck in an effort to make sure that all Detroiters are being properly represented.
Our Service Areas This Year
The signup to receive your free ride is now up!
Click the big button to go straight to the signup page.
When you sign up for a ride, you’ll be able to put in your address and our system will let you know your polling location. You can also verify your polling location if you’re unsure.
We’ll be bringing participants back one hour after they are dropped off at the polls.
Here’s how we’ll do it:
1. Assemble volunteers. (All done!)
2. Post maps and routes to this site. (All done!)
3. Distribute flyers. (Oct 27th through Nov 4th)
4. Get people to the polls! (November 6th!)
WHAT WE NEED RIGHT NOW:
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What if I’m a Detroiter that needs a ride? How do I get a ride?
A: Great! Sign up using the big button above (or click the map.) — If you or someone you know needs a ride and doesn’t have good internet access (funny to read on a webpage, though) you can call 313-626-0066. We prefer people sign up on the link because it’s way easier for us.
Q. How do you decide what areas to service?
A. EDIT: We’re now serving ALL of Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck! 😀
Q. Why are you doing this?
A. We started our company back in 2011 with the mission of improving transit options for Detroiters. We’re still on that mission and doing all we can to make it happen. Voting is critical when it comes to making sure we’re properly represented in our city, county, state and federal governments.
Q. There are lots of people who need to get to the polls all over the place! Why aren’t you serving my city?
A. We’d love to get as many people as possible to the polls! It’s a critical part of living in this country! Alas we are a small bus fleet and only have a few buses at our disposal. If this goes well we’d like to grow the program more in the future.
If you have a car and would like to help out in your own corner of the world consider going to a local community center or housing complex and offering to give rides. I bet you’ll have more success than you think!
Q. Who is paying for this?
A. Right now it’s just us! We’re paying for all of the fuel, drivers, promotional items, flyers and bus wear & tear. Our costs to run this program will be about $4,100. If you’d like to donate, click this button: