Transit Agencies to Offer Free Rides on New Year's Eve

The agencies are offering free rides to encourage less driving on New Year's Eve in the Bay Area.

A few Bay Area public transit agencies are offering free rides on New Year's Eve to encourage people to take trains or buses to get to festivities around the region.

Rides on San Francisco Municipal Railway, Caltrain and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority vehicles will all be free from the night of Dec. 31 to the early morning hours of Jan. 1.

Trips on Muni buses and light-rail vehicles will be complimentary from 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 6 a.m. on Jan. 1, agency officials announced Wednesday.

San Francisco's waterfront is crowded each New Year's Eve because of a city-sponsored fireworks show that starts at midnight on a barge off of The Embarcadero.

For people leaving the fireworks show or other festivities in the city, special Muni Metro service will run until 2:15 a.m. between Fourth and King streets and the West Portal Station, and until 4 a.m. between West Portal and the Embarcadero stations.

There will also be extra service on Muni's Owl overnight routes, the 5, 14, 22, 24, 38, 90, 91, L and N bus lines.

Caltrain is offering free rides after 11 p.m. on New Year's Eve, and will run trains from San Francisco until 2:15 a.m. on Jan. 1.

VTA bus and light-rail service will be free as well between 7 p.m. and 3:59 a.m., with extended hours offered for its light-rail service and an express bus line that takes customers to the Fremont BART station.

Trips on BART will not be free, but the agency will provide additional service on New Year's Eve, running trains until 3 a.m.

After 8 p.m., to minimize crowding at the two stations closest to the San Francisco fireworks show, certain trains will not stop at the Embarcadero station, and others will not stop at the Montgomery station.

For more information about public transit options in the Bay Area on New Year's Eve, visit www.sfmta.com, www.bart.gov, www.caltrain.com or www.vta.org.

-- Bay City News

Rayerz December 31, 2011 at 05:22 AM
I'll just say it SUCKS that the caltrain extended service hours ONLY include southbound trains?!? There are TONS of us that would gladly pay for north bound train services after midnight. I was planning on taking the train from san Carlos to mountain view BUT caltrain stops all northbound services at midnight?!? LAME! Who dropped the ball on that?!?
Teddy Nounplan January 02, 2012 at 09:34 PM
They can't offer free rides! Some taxpayer somewhere paid for it. government systems do not have money of their own only the money they steal from others.


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