New_Year_Baby.jpgA few Bay Area public transit agencies are offering free rides on New Year’s Eve to encourage people to take trains or buses to get to festivities around the region.

Rides on San Francisco Municipal Railway, Caltrain and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority vehicles will all be free from the night of Dec. 31 to the early morning hours of Jan. 1.

Trips on Muni buses and light-rail vehicles will be complimentary from 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 6 a.m. on Jan. 1, agency officials announced Wednesday.

San Francisco’s waterfront is crowded each New Year’s Eve because of a city-sponsored fireworks show that starts at midnight on a barge off of The Embarcadero.

For people leaving the fireworks show or other festivities in the city, special Muni Metro service will run until 2:15 a.m. between Fourth and King streets and the West Portal Station, and until 4 a.m. between West Portal and the Embarcadero stations.

There will also be extra service on Muni’s Owl overnight routes, the 5, 14, 22, 24, 38, 90, 91, L and N bus lines.

Caltrain is offering free rides after 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, and will run trains from San Francisco until 2:15 a.m. on Jan. 1.

VTA bus and light-rail service will be free as well between 7 p.m. and 3:59 a.m., with extended hours offered for its light-rail service and an express bus line that takes customers to the Fremont BART station.

Trips on BART will not be free, but the agency will provide additional service on New Year’s Eve, running trains until 3 a.m.

After 8 p.m., to minimize crowding at the two stations closest to the San Francisco fireworks show, certain trains will not stop at the Embarcadero station, and others will not stop at the Montgomery station.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • SV citizen

    New Years Eve SCAM! – CALTRAIN DID NOT take us back home at 2.15am
    at all! We were there at 2.05am prompt hoping to get on. They
    closed the gates already at that point and CAL train left at 2.10am
    !!!! leaving almost 1000 people behind! Police officer advised us
    to find alternative solution. It was impossible to get a cab who wanted to get us back home. Luckily we found a nice driver but still we paid almost $200 for a cab to
    Menlo Park!
    CALTRAIN SHOULD GIVE US A REFUND!
    How iresponsible to abandon almost 1000
    people and to produce a MISLEADING INFO about NYE time table!!!
    CALTRAIN lives on us who live and work in Silicon Valley and we deserved better!

  • SV citizen

    New Years Eve SCAM! – CALTRAIN DID NOT take us back home at 2.15am
    at all! We were there at 2.05am prompt hoping to get on. They
    closed the gates already at that point and CAL train left at 2.10am
    !!!! leaving almost 1000 people behind! Police officer advised us
    to find alternative solution. It was impossible to get a cab who wanted to get us back home. Luckily we found a nice driver but still we paid almost $200 for a cab to
    Menlo Park!
    CALTRAIN SHOULD GIVE US A REFUND!
    How iresponsible to abandon almost 1000
    people and to produce a MISLEADING INFO about NYE time table!!!
    CALTRAIN lives on us who live and work in Silicon Valley and we deserved better!