CTA to offer free train and bus rides on New Year's Eve


The public will be able to board buses, trains, and streetcars for free on all routes starting at 7 p.m. on December 31 until 7 a.m. on January 1.

Major Brands also will be offering free rides home on New Year's Eve in St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia and hopes to give away a total of 1,000 free rides across the state.

The free bus rides start at 7 p.m. Sunday and will continue until about 3:30 a.m.

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The last northbound train on Line 1 will connect at Bloor-Yonge Station with the last eastbound and westbound trains on Line 2, and at Sheppard-Yonge Station with the last eastbound train on Line 4.

Long Beach Transit (LBT) will offer complimentary bus service on New Year's Eve beginning at 4pm on Sunday, Dec. 31 and extending through the scheduled final departure of each route early Monday morning, January 1.

As part of the "Free Designated Driver" initiative the firm offers to pay for UBER rides home on dates known to have high incidents of drunk driving accidents such as New Years and Christmas.

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The department launched this program over Halloween this year and also offered vouchers on the night before Thanksgiving.

- Transit buses will operate on weekend schedules Saturday, Sunday and New Year's Monday. Call Tri-Rail customer service at 800-874-7245 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. or visit tri-rail.com.

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