Jaunt, Inc. Encourages Central Virginians to Make a Plan to Vote

Jaunt may be the answer for people for whom transportation is an issue

Charlottesville, VA – Jaunt, Inc. is urging central Virginians to make a plan to vote. Election Day is approaching and early voting in Virginia has already started. Whether you’re voting early or casting your ballot on Election Day, Jaunt can help you get there – free!

Public transportation, particularly the demand-response service offered by Jaunt, is an effective option to help those who would otherwise not vote due to transportation issues. In the area that CAT serves; the City of Charlottesville and urban Albemarle County, passengers can book a ride with Jaunt if they are ADA certified. To qualify, riders must apply for ADA certification at www.charlottesville.gov/adaapp. In rural Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson counties, any and all people can book a ride with Jaunt’s standard demand-response service. ADA certification is not required in these localities to ride with Jaunt.

As always, the health and safety of Jaunt’s passengers and drivers is our greatest concern. To protect our riders and drivers from the threat of COVID-19, we are not charging fares to minimize the risk of person-to-person contact; we have limited the number of passengers permitted on a vehicle at any given time to allow for social distancing; all drivers are wearing CDC-approved face coverings; all passengers are required to wear face coverings while riding Jaunt; and every Jaunt vehicle is cleaned and disinfected daily following CDC protocols.

Jaunt is committed to making in-person voting available and safe for those who need it. To book a ride to the polls with Jaunt, call 434-297-2627 or email trips@ridejaunt.org. Don’t wait, reserve your ride to vote early today, or plan to reserve your ride for Election Day as early as October 20! Due to current reduced capacity on our buses to allow for social distancing, riders are encouraged to book at least a week before Election Day in order to help us maximize our schedules, respond to demand, and guarantee service.

Jaunt wants to make sure that everyone who wants to reach the polls, can. Make a plan! If transportation is an issue for you, Jaunt may be the answer to help you get to your polling location.