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Free rides, extended hours for New Year's revelers

 

BART will extend service until the early morning hours on New Year's Day and party-goers can ride for free on multiple bus or transit services from New Year's Eve into New Year's Day, transit officials said.

Caltrain will be offering free rides starting at 8 p.m. New Year's Eve and four trains from San Francisco will run after midnight. Trains will leave San Francisco at 12:45 a.m., 1:15 a.m., 1:45 a.m. and 2:15 a.m.

Caltrain officials expect the 2:15 a.m. train to be crowded. No open containers are allowed on Caltrain after 9 p.m. after special events.

BART will run until 3 a.m. New Year's Day. The agency will run a normal weekday schedule before midnight and trains will run every 20 minutes after midnight.

To ease congestion in and out of San Francisco, BART will be using a skip-stop train pattern.

Westbound passengers traveling to San Francisco after 8 p.m. from the Pittsburg/Bay Point, Richmond, Dublin/Pleasanton and Fremont lines should exit at Montgomery station because trains will not stop at the Embarcadero station.

Passengers leaving San Francisco after midnight on the Pittsburg/Bay Point, Richmond, and Millbrae/Daly City lines after should board at Montgomery since trains on those lines will not stop at Embarcadero.

Travelers on the Dublin/Pleasanton and Fremont lines should board at Embarcadero station because those trains will not stop at Montgomery. The first stop on the Fremont and Dublin/Pleasanton trains will be Lake Merritt station.

Extra BART trains will be leaving San Francisco after the midnight waterfront fireworks show, according to BART officials.

After BART service ends at 3 a.m., it will run on a holiday/Sunday schedule later Friday with service starting at 8 a.m.

AAA officials are offering again this New Year's Eve their Tipsy Tow program where drivers can get their car towed and get a ride home for free.

The service will start at 6 p.m. and last until 6 a.m. New Year's Day in Northern California, AAA officials said. Drivers, restaurant managers, bartenders, party hosts and potential passengers can call (800) 222-4357 to get a free tow of up to 10 miles, regardless of whether they're a member of AAA.

Alameda-Contra Costa Transit, SamTrans and San Francisco Municipal Railway are also offering free rides from 8 p.m. New Year's Eve until 5 a.m. New Year's Day.

— Bay City News Service

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