Bay Area party goers get free rides home
Bay City News Service
December 31, 2006
Start the year with a free bus ride and avoid holiday traffic
and other road hazards. That's the deal being offered by San Francisco
Municipal Railway and AC Transit starting New Year's Eve and lasting
until the early morning hours of Jan. 1. There are no free rides
on Bay Area Rapid Transit trains, but there's a discount pass
passengers can use to get around.
Muni will start its free service at 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve
and it will continue until 6 a.m. Jan 1. According to spokeswoman
Maggie Lynch, there will be a special metro service from 7 p.m.
to around 4 a.m. between the Caltrain depot at 4th and King Streets
connecting to the West Portal Station. There will also be extra
service on several lines of the late-running so called Muni Owl
AC Transit is offering free rides on its so-called All Nighter
bus service. The buses will run every 30 minutes, starting at
midnight until 5 a.m. Jan 1. with roundtrip service from downtown
San Francisco to virtually all parts of the East Bay, according
to spokesman Clarence Johnson. The buses mainly travel along BART
corridors, connecting with other bus routes or other transit agencies.
BART riders can get unlimited rides from 6 p.m. New Year's Eve
until around 3 a.m. Jan 1., according to spokesman Linton Johnson.
The so-called Flash Pass cost $6 and passengers should show them
to a BART station agent and pass through the station gate.
The special passes won't fit into the regular BART fare gates,
The passes can be bought at Safeway stores across the Bay Area
and in many BART stations.
According to a news release by BART, during the early morning
hours of Jan. 1, train service will end three hours later than
what the printed Sunday timetable states. For example, if the
Sunday timetable says the last train leaves the train station
at 12:30 a.m., then the last train will actually leave at 3:30
For more information on Muni service, call (415) 673-6864 or
visit the Web site at http://www.sfmuni.com/nye.
For more information about the All Nighter service, call 511 and
say "All Nighter" or go to the Web site at http://www.511.org.
For more information on BART service, got to http://www.bart.gov/.
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