SF Bay Area free transit New Year’s Eve

I was going to post this on, like, Tuesday, but I went snow skiing with my family instead. Better late than never, I suppose…

Several San Francisco Bay Area transit agencies are offering free rides and running extra buses and trains to encourage people to stay safe and off of the roads as they enjoy ringing in the New Year.

Caltrain rides are free after 11 PM on New Years Eve, and four post-midnight trains will depart San Francisco 4th & King after the New Year. These extra trains will depart the San Francisco station at 12:45 a.m., 1:15 a.m., 1:45 a.m. and 2:15 a.m., making all local weekday stops to the San Jose Diridon station. Caltrain does not permit open alcohol containers after 9 PM following special events.

BART will run until 3 AM tonight, and trains will leapfrog stations in downtown San Francisco to ease overcrowding problems after the annual fireworks show along the Embarcadero ends tonight. BART also plans an increased police presence. Unlike past years, BART rides will not be free this year. Visit BART.gov for additional details.

SF MUNI on buses, light rail and cable cars are free after 8 PM until 6 AM Friday morning. Additional runs and extended service will be offered on some routes, while some routes that run through the Embarcadero area, The Castro, North Beach, and Cow Hollow may be re-routed. Visit SFMTA for details.

SamTrans in San Mateo County is free after 11 PM. Only the following routes will operate on a holiday schedule: 38, 110, 112, 120, 121, 122, 130, 280, 281, 292, 294, 296, 297, 390, 391, 397 and KX.

Golden Gate Transit buses and ferries are operating on a normal weekday schedule today. Buses will run on a holiday schedule on New Years Day. No ferries will run on New Years Day.

Santa Clara VTA service is free beginning at 7 PM tonight until 3:59 AM, with increased service and exended hours on the Santa Teresa/Alum Rock and Mountain View/Winchester light rail lines. The 180 Express Bus Line will also run extended hours tonight. Visit VTA.org for details.

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