BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A local cab company has stepped up to help voters get to the polls.It wasn’t an easy morning for Liberty Cab Company.
Viewers called the News4 newsroom complaining they couldn’t get through when they wanted to get picked up. This, after voters were promised free rides to and from their local polling place.
So we checked in with Liberty Cab President Bill Yuhnke. He said he teamed up with the clean air coalition and donated services for free.
But he tells us he got way more calls for rides then he anticipated. Since four this morning, his company was getting a request almost every two minutes.
Also,he planned to only offer the service to Buffalo and Tonawanda voters, but after getting so many requests., he decided to offer the service to everyone across Western New York.
When News 4 arrived to his office, he showed us he had 16 people on hold waiting to get through. He had all hands on deck with 14 people manning the phone lines.
But he says he hopes to make a difference in bringing people to the polls. Yuhnke said, “Transportation has always been a second thought with everything we do here in Western New York. It really should be part of the planning process. There’s a lot of people including seniors who want to exercise their right to vote. That’s what we do in America, so we can exercise our right to vote.”
Yuhnke is now asking for people to be patient. If you’re still interested in the service, he promises to get you there and back but it might take 15 to 30 minutes for a cab to pick you up. He has 416 cars on the road, but they’re also taking care of their regular customers too.
Other companies across the country are jumping on board with this idea too. If you’re interested you can call Liberty Cab at 877.7111 and use the code LibertyRide2Vote.
On Tuesday November 8th, the polls will be open from 6am until 9pm. You can find your polling place by calling the Erie County Board of Elections: 858.8891