Caltrain is offering free rides to passengers after 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to encourage revelers not to drive, according to agency officials.

Four post-midnight southbound trains will be added to its regular holiday schedule New Year’s Day morning as well, Caltrain spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew said.

Those 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, she said.

In addition, Caltrain will operate on a Sunday schedule on New Year’s Day, meaning 28 trains will run between San Francisco and San Jose that day.

Open alcohol containers are not allowed on trains after 9 p.m. following special events, Bartholomew said.

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