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Free Caltrain rides on New Year's Eve

Free rides from 8 p.m. to 2:15 a.m.

Caltrain has volunteered to be the designated driver for Peninsula residents on New Year's Eve, offering free train service to and from San Francisco on Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. on.

Four extra trains, making all local stops including at the Atherton and Menlo Park stations, between San Francisco and the San Jose Diridon station, will head southbound from San Francisco after midnight, at 12:45 a.m., 1:15 a.m., 1:45 a.m. and 2:15 a.m., or when the trains are full.

Caltrain's regulations say open alcohol containers are not allowed on trains after 9 p.m. following special events and that disruptive passengers will be asked to leave the train.

On Dec. 31 until 8 p.m., Caltrain will operate on a regular Saturday schedule. On New Year’s Day, it will operate a modified Sunday schedule, with 32 trains between San Francisco and San Jose and shuttle service to and from the Tamien station. Train service will not operate south of San Jose.

On Monday, Jan. 2, Caltrain will operate a special holiday schedule.

The administrative offices of the San Mateo County Transit District, which manages Caltrain, will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2.

More information is available from Caltrain's customer service center at 1-800-660-4287 (TTY 650-508-6448) or at caltrain.com.

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