Free rides, extended hours on public transit this New Year’s Eve

Fireworks exploded in the night's sky above the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge's West Span.

Need a ride on New Year’s Eve? Grab a late-night bus or train on Saturday — Bay Area transit will have extended service hours, and some operators are offering fare-free trips for the holiday.

Free rides

Fares on Muni, AC Transit, SamTrans, Caltrain, and VTA are waived starting at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Fares are free until 5 a.m., except for SamTrans, whose discount ends at 3 a.m., and Caltrain’s, which ends when with the last late-night train.

Late-night service

Caltrain will add two northbound trains to arrive in San Francisco in time for fireworks and southbound trains after the festivities, making all local stops. The last train leaves San Francisco at 2 a.m.

Muni will have extra Muni Metro service running from 8 p.m. to 2:15 a.m. and additional OWL Service from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

BART will run on a Saturday schedule with extended service hours and additional trains. The last trains for the evening will depart at 1 a.m. If you’re in downtown San Francisco, expect the last East Bay bound train around 1:30 a.m., and the last southbound train around 2:10 a.m.

BART no longer sells paper tickets. If you don’t have a Clipper card, get a digital card on your phone. You’ll avoid a $3 fee for a plastic card, and you can preload fares and skip the line.

Business as usual

Regular schedules will be in effect on Saturday for San Francisco Bay Ferry, Golden Gate Ferry, Golden Gate Transit, SMART, County Connection, FAST, Marin Transit, SolTrans, Vine, Santa Rosa CityBus, Petaluma Transit, Sonoma County Transit, WestCAT, TriDelta Transit, and FAST.

Closed New Year’s Day

A few operators will not have service on New Year’s Day for the holiday, including Sonoma County Transit, Vine, SolTrans, Santa Rosa CityBus, San Francisco Bay Ferry, FAST, and County Connection.

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