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Transit Agencies Offer Free Rides on New Year's Eve

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 2:00 pm.

If you are planning to bring in the New Year in downtown San Francisco or will be traveling within the Peninsula, you may be able to catch a free ride on a train or bus.

A few Bay Area public transit agencies are offering free rides on New Year's Eve to encourage people to take public transit 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.

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

Alicia January 02, 2012 at 08:38 PM
A very few were available. Friend with disability not allowed on train (no room) - he didn't even have a drink that night!!!

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