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Celebrate New Year's in San Francisco - Without Drinking & Driving

Don't Drink & Drive After 2014 NYE Parties

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Drinking and driving? We all know that's a bad idea. On New Year's Eve, fortunately, there are other ways one can get home in San Francisco, safely and for free: public transportation; AAA towing; or a cab. The list below has details.

* Note that drinking and even walking is a no-no. Drinking in public is illegal, whether it's your first sip or your sixth beer. 

San Francisco Muni

From 8 pm on New Year's Eve until 5 am Jan. 1

Hop on any San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency vehicles, including cable cars, for free. There will be Muni service until the wee hours between the West Portal and Embarcadero stations and to the Caltrain station (Fourth and King streets). Buses will run more frequently on several of Muni's "owl" lines, which operate from 1-5 am.

Caltrain

From 8 pm New Year's Eve through the train leaving San Francisco at 2:15 am Jan. 1

Free rides on Dec. 31 after 8 pm. On New Year’s Eve, Caltrain operates on a regular weekday schedule, with the addition of trains from San Francisco south to the San Jose Diridon station at 12:45, 1:15, 1:45 and 2:15 am. On New Year’s Day, the trains run on a Sunday schedule.

 

SamTrans

From 8 pm on New Year's Eve until 5 am Jan. 1 

SamTrans has bus routes throughout San Mateo County and into parts of San Francisco and Palo Alto. On New Year's Day, it'll operate on its Sunday schedule.

AAA Tipsy Tow Program

From 6 pm on New Year's Eve until 6 am on New Year's Day.

Whether or not you are a member of AAA, if you are tipsy, the auto association will give you and your car a ride home. Call (800) 222-4357 (AAA-HELP), ask the AAA operator for a "tipsy tow," and a truck will be dispatched to take you home free for up to ten miles.

If you have passengers who need transportation, they'll be hauled to your home, too, if there's enough room in the tow truck (which is up to the tow truck driver). No reservations are taken.

Berg Injury Lawyers Safe and Sober Program

From 10 pm on New Year's Eve until 4 am on New Year's Day.

An Alameda-based firm of personal injury lawyers, Berg Injury Lawyers is offering free cab rides to help prevent drunk driving.

The taxi rides, for adults who have been drinking, are provided from a bar or restaurant to one's home. The law firm will cover a maximum of $35 per ride; you are responsible for paying anything above that. 

Call the cab company below, and say that the ride is on Berg Injury Lawyers:

  • In San Francisco: Luxor Cab, at (415) 282-4141.
  • In Sacramento: Yellow Cab Company of Sacramento, at (916) 444-2222. Free rides given only from restaurants, hotels, or bars within downtown Sacramento.

 

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