October 28, 2020

Free Transportation Options Available for Early Voters and on Election Day

Montgomery County residents who choose to cast their votes at ballot drop boxes or in person during the early voting period and on Election Day are encouraged to make use of multiple free transportation options to support voting activity.

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will allow two hours of free parking in the urban areas of Downtown Silver Spring and Downtown Rockville at specific garages if drivers display their “I Voted” stickers to garage attendants now through Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3). Voting hours will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. Two hours free parking will be available for those who vote at these locations:
  • The Silver Spring Civic Building and who park at the Town Square/ Garage at 801 Ellsworth Dr. (directly across from the Civic Building).
  • The County Executive Office Building at 101 Monroe St. in Rockville and who park at the public parking garage adjacent to the County Council Office Building at the corner of Monroe Street and Jefferson Street.
Capital Bikeshare will provide unlimited free bikeshare rides on classic bikes for any trip under 30 minutes all day on Election Day.

All e-scooter companies operating in Montgomery County are offering free or discounted rides on Election Day to support voting activity. Specific offer information can be found at the following links: Lyft, Lime and Bird.

All bus services operated by the MCDOT continue to provide free rides throughout the County in response to the COVID-19 health crisis. Ride On bus services (including Ride On Extra) now operate about 80 percent of normal service levels and all routes have been reactivated except for the Flex bus. US29 Flash launched earlier this month between Burtonsville and Downtown Silver Spring and operates every 7.5 to 15 minutes.