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Portland Joins Communities Offering Free Bus Rides on Election Day

PORTLAND, Maine - Some Mainers will be able to ride the bus free to the polls on Election Day. In Portland, METRO marketing director Denise Beck says the agency read about other bus services offering the free rides, and it seemed like a good idea.

"It takes away a barrier for some people," Beck says. "There's going to be a lot of traffic, it may be hard some people to get to the polls. We have frequent service throughout the area, it'll be pretty easy because we have routes all over the place."

Beck says all routes will be free, including on the new express service between Portland, Falmouth, Yarmouth and Freeport.

Bangor's Community Connector bus service is also offering free rides on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8.