For those enjoying their holiday celebrations tonight, the Metropolitan Transit System and the North County Transit District will offer free rides after 6 p.m. and extra late-night service.
To celebrate safely and avoid high parking and ride-share costs, the transit agencies will extend service beyond 2 a.m. from downtown SAN DIEGO on
MTS Trolley and NCTD COASTER services. Free rides will be offered on all MTS buses and Trolleys, and NCTD's COASTER, SPRINTER, BREEZE, FLEX and LIFT services
"There is nothing more important than ringing in the New Year safely, and we want to make sure the public has options, takes precautions and
makes these festivities safe for them and their loved ones,'' said Stephen Whitburn, MTS board member and San Diego City Councilman. "Free rides will be available starting at 6 p.m. on all transit services New Year's Eve, and we hope this can encourage folks to leave the car at home, hop on the Trolley or a bus at no cost, and enjoy the celebrations safely and hassle free.''
On New Year's Day, MTS bus routes will operate a normal Sunday schedule, all three Trolley lines will run every 30-minutes, all day.
"Taking public transit is a safe way to get to and from your New Year's Eve destination,'' said NCTD Vice Chair Priya Bhat-Patel. "Not only is transit free after 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve, but we've added service to give you more options to get to your celebration safely.''
Every fare-paying adult can bring one guest on board with them at no cost on New Year's Day. Youth 18 and under ride free with a Youth Opportunity Pass every day.
Modified service is planned for Monday, Jan. 2 as an observed holiday with buses and Trolleys on a Saturday service schedule, no service on any route without Saturday service and the Transit Store and PRONTO support center and customer service will be closed.