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Free Muni & Caltrain Rides All Night | New Year’s Eve 2016/2017

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Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 8:00 pm to 5:00 am | Cost: FREE
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If you choose to get hammered on New Year’s Eve, rest assured you can get home safely for free via bus, train or light rail if you live anywhere other than the North Bay. Within San Francisco, get free rides on Muni all night starting at 8 pm on December 31, 2016.

You can also get a free “tipsy tow” from AAA or you can hire your own designated driver via Dryver starting at $14.00 if riding public transportation isn’t your thing. Sorry, there’s no free taxi rides for 2016 that we’re aware of unfortunately.

All details have been confirmed with the transit agencies for December 31, 2016.

SF Muni
Free rides on all Muni lines and routes from 8 pm NYE until 5 am on New Year’s Day.

>>IMPORTANT: Please do not tag your Clipper card during the complimentary service.

  • Muni Metro service between West Portal and Embarcadero stations extended to 5 am and until 2:15 am to 4th and King street.
  • Service on the F Market historic streetcar line is provided by buses after approximately 9 pm.
  • Service on the Cable Cars is provided by buses after approximately 6 pm.
  • Extra Owl Service  1 pm to 5 am: 5 Fulton, 14 Mission, 22 Fillmore, 24 Divisadero, 25 Treasure Island,  38 Geary, 44 O’Shaughnessy, 48 Quintara, 90 and 91 Owl and the L and N Owl bus routes.

SamTrans
Starting at 8 p.m. and lasting until 5 a.m., SamTrans will allow passengers to board free of charge on all bus lines, as a way to encourage partygoers to leave their cars at home. Redi-Wheels, the San Mateo County Transit District’s paratransit service provider, also will offer free rides between those hours. On the New Year’s Eve, SamTrans will run its regular weekend schedule.

CalTrain
Free rides starting at 8 pm and there is extended service after midnight with four post-fireworks extra trains departing San Francisco Station at 12:45 am, 1:15 am, 1:45 am and a 2:15 am (or when full), to accommodate celebrants heading back down the Peninsula and to the South Bay. Caltrain operates on the Sunday schedule on New Year’s Day.

VTA
Between 8 pm on New Year’s Eve and 5 am on New Year’s Day, all VTA service will be free.

Light Rail (Alum Rock- Santa Teresa and Mountain View-Winchester lines)

Express Line 180/181 (to the Fremont BART Station)

  • Last Northbound bus leaving Diridon Station at 2:02 a.m. arriving at Fremont BART at 2:48 a.m.
  • Last Southbound bus leaving Fremont BART at 3:05 a.m. arriving at 2nd & Santa Clara at 3:40 a.m. (Does not go to the Diridon Station)

1930874_38312234847_4557_nAC Transit
AC Transit is ringing in the New Year by offering free rides on all lines beginning New Year’s Eve from 8 pm until 5 am on New Year’s Day. AC Transit’s All Nighter bus lines, like the 800, 801, 802, 805, 840, and 851 run every night with destinations from San Francisco to Richmond and Fremont, or downtown Berkeley on Sunday.

A complete list of stops served on All Nighter lines is available on the District’s website, along with maps and schedules for all lines.

NOT FOR 2016 – Free Downtown Oakland Broadway Shuttle
We have been told that the B Shuttle will not be operating on 12/31/16 – but this doesn’t realy matter much since AC Transit is free systemwide.  In previous years, the Downtown Oakland’s Free B Shuttle has run on New Year’s Eve every 10-15 minutes from 7 pm to 1 am. Hop on and hop off at any stop between Embarcadero West (Jack London Square) and 27th Street.

4298_83421216915_1753716_nBART
No special fares for New Year’s Eve
, but there will be extended service until 3 am. Trains will run every 20 minutes after midnight with extra trains standing by in downtown San Francisco after the fireworks show. The best tip we can give is to buy your round trip ticket in advance to avoid a line on the way home.

>> “Skip Stop” Schedule at Embarcadero, Montgomery and West Oakland
Beginning at 8 pm
, BART will utilize a “skip-stop” train pattern into and out of San Francisco:

Going into San Francisco – After 8 pm:

  • Pittsburg/Bay Point and Richmond line trains heading into San Francisco will not stop at Embarcadero Station. Exit at Montgomery Street Station for the fireworks show.
    Dublin/Pleasanton and Fremont line trains will not stop at Montgomery Street Station. Exit at Embarcadero Station for the fireworks show.
    Millbrae and Daly City trains will stop at all stations in San Francisco.

After the fireworks end:

  • Pittsburg/Bay Point and Richmond line trains will not stop at Embarcadero Station. Use Montgomery Street Station to catch these trains.
  • Dublin/ Pleasanton and Fremont lines will not stop at Montgomery Street Station. Use Embarcadero Station to catch these trains.
  • Dublin/Pleasanton and Fremont trains will not stop at West Oakland. The first East Bay stop is Lake Merritt Station.
  • Millbrae and Daly City passengers should use Montgomery Street Station.

Golden Gate Transit Bus offers no special fares for New Year’s Eve and will run a Saturday schedule.

Golden Gate Ferry will operate on a weekend/holiday schedule on New Year’s Eve and will be closed on New Year’s Day.

All details have been confirmed with the transit agencies for December 31, 2016.


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