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Free rides for early voting and on Election Day
The following content is from Trinity Metro
Throughout early voting and on Tuesday, Nov. 3, Tarrant County voters will be able to catch free rides to the polls on Trinity Metro and other transit providers.
Riders can show their voter registration card or current Texas ID and ride for free during early voting Oct. 13-30 and on Election Day, Nov. 3.
The Tarrant County Commissioners Court approved a partnership with transportation services in Tarrant County to pay for customer trips to voting locations, with an amount not to exceed $20,000.
“We are trying to give every eligible voter in Tarrant County the ability to vote in the November 2020 election,” Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley said. “We are offering free rides on as many public transit providers as possible, including accessible services for the elderly and mobility-impaired as well as on-demand service in Arlington and Fort Worth. These rides will be available during early voting and on Election Day.”
Wayne Gensler, vice president and chief operating officer for bus and paratransit at Trinity Metro, said he is pleased for the opportunity this partnership provides.
“Voting is an important right and we want to do our part to help voters get to the polls,” Gensler said. “We appreciate the Tarrant County Commissioners Court for funding this initiative.”
The transit services included in the program are Trinity Metro’s bus routes, Near Southside ZIPZONE, Crowley ZIPZONE, Mercantile ZIPZONE, ACCESS paratransit, plus Tarrant County Transportation Services (TCTS), Northeast Transportation Services (NETS), and Arlington’s Via and Handitran. For ZIPZONE riders in Crowley, Mercantile and Near Southside, free rides will be determined by the pickup’s or destination’s proximity to a voting location.
Trinity Metro is also offering free on-demand service from Fort Worth Central Station to the drop-off ballot location in northeast Fort Worth on Tuesdays (Oct. 13, 20, 27) and Fridays (Oct. 16, 23, 30) during early voting. Riders can request this option by calling customer care at 817-215-8600 before the close of business the day prior to the ride.
Tarrant County has multiple locations for early voting and a list of locations for Election Day. Visit the list of polling places served by Trinity Metro.
Those who qualify and want to ride to vote on ACCESS, TCTS, NETS or Handitran should call the provider at least 48 hours ahead of the trip to schedule their free ride to any of the voting locations.
To use Via’s on-demand service in Arlington, riders simply download Via’s app and enter the address of a Vote Center within Via’s service area or call 817-784-7382 to schedule a ride by phone. The rider will not be charged for trips scheduled to or from a vote center location.
For questions about Trinity Metro’s services, call 817-215-8600.
Coyote Drive-In Screens Debut Film By Southwest HS Alumna
No Ordinary Love, the debut feature film of Southwest High School alumna Chyna Robinson has garnered a lot of local media buzz within recent weeks.
To recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Fort Worth’s Coyote Drive-In was the site to two screenings of the 99-minute thriller, October 24 and 25. All proceeds benefitted SAFEHAVEN of Tarrant County.
Filmed mostly in Fort Worth, No Ordinary Love premiered in 2019 at a Memphis film festival. The film examines multiple facets of abusive relationships through the stories of two women married to manipulative husbands.
Since it premiere, Mrs. Robinson’s film has picked up multiple awards at U.S. and international film festivals including Audience Choice, Best Feature Film and Best Director.
For more details about Mrs. Robinson and the film, visit NoOrdinaryLoveMovie.com.
Red Ribbon Week: Fort Worth ISD schools are celebrating Red Ribbon Week with themed an dress up school days. Red Ribbon week is observed nationwide October 23-30. Established in the 1980s, Red Ribbon Week educates and encourages youth to participate in drug-free activities.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Multiple FWISD schools are wearing pink to raise awareness about breast cancer this month. Breast cancer Awareness Month is observed nationally in October.
In-person instruction: Over the last several weeks, FWISD has welcomed students back to classrooms for in-person instruction following seven months of closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are a few images from the first few weeks on in-person classes across the District.
National Principal's Month: October is National Principals Month. To celebrate our campus leaders this month and on National Boss Day October 16, schools celebrated principals on their social media pages, with messages and gifts of appreciation.
HCM Hosts Drive-Through Information Fair Events: FWISD Human Capital Management hosted drive-through Information Fair events, October 12 and 20. At the events, prospective employees received virtual interview guidance and FWISD promotional materials. Hiring managers answered questions and explained how to participate in virtual interviews. Prospective applicants could also register for a virtual interview at the Informational Fair.
Cloth Mask Distribution:Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School partnered with the Ford Company and Ford Fund to earlier this month distribute 50,000 masks to the community in a curbside event. Each family received approximately 20 cloth masks branded with the Ford logo. Masks were also distributed at M.H. Moore Elementary and Meacham Middle School (see below).
Clifford Davis ES Receives More Than 40 New Laptops: Christ Lifters Community of Faith, Abundant Grace, Tree of Life, Bill and Sherry Cotton and Ervay Trotter recently donated 44 laptops to Clifford Davis Elementary students.
Water Bottles Donated to H.V. Helbing ES: Mr. Darryl Jones of State Farm recently donated 500 water bottles to H.V. Helbing Elementary students.
Atmos Energy Donates Water Bottles To South Hills ES: ATMOS ENERGY recently donated water bottles for students at South Hills Elementary. The donation was delivered by District 8 Board of Education Trustee Anael Luebanos.
Personal Supply Bags Donated to DHJ Soccer Players: The Tarrant Regional Water District and Tarrant County 911 recently donated personal supply bags to the soccer team at Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School.
XPO Logistics Makes Donates Supplies For Cesar Chavez ES Students: XPO Logistics recently welcomed students at Cesar Chavez Elementary School with backpacks, water bottles, hand sanitizer and supplies.
Western Hills ES Backpack distribution: A special thank you to Restoration Center West Fort Worth which recently gifted backpacks and supplies to students at Western Hills Elementary School.
Local Groups donate to DeZavala ES: Fort Worth Children's Partnership and Celebration Community Church recently donated tablets and school supplies to students at DeZavala Elementary School.
Tablets donated to Morningside ES' Youngest Learners: Fort Worth Children's Partnership recently donated one-to-one tablets to Pre-Kindergarten 3 students and an additional 20 tablets for Pre-K4 and kindergarten students.
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