Ride Muni for free this New Year’s Eve

Another year, another New Year’s Eve with free Muni service.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced its 17th year of free rides at the cusp of the new year, which will run from 8 p.m. Saturday through 5 a.m. Sunday.

Muni will run extra Owl service (buses running from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.), and service on the F-Market & Wharves historic streetcar line will switch to buses from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. –– so don’t set your sights on popping any corks while riding the historic “Milan, Italy” streetcar late at night.

“Ride Muni Free New Year’s Eve” is sponsored by 76.

BART also announced its New Year’s Eve schedule, which will run standard service until 8 p.m. –– and then run what it calls “special service” the rest of the night until 3 a.m.

As part of BART’s special service for riders heading into San Francisco after 8 p.m., Pittsburg/Bay Point and Richmond line trains heading into San Francisco will not stop at Embarcadero Station. Montgomery Street Station is the closest exit for the fireworks show.

Dublin/Pleasanton and Fremont line trains will not stop at Montgomery Street station. Millbrae and Daly City trains will stop at all San Francisco stations.

And for those leaving after the fireworks end, Pittsburg/Bay Point and Richmond trains will not stop at Embarcadero Station, but can be caught at Montgomery Station.

Dublin/Pleasanton and Fremont lines will not stop at Montgomery Street Station or West Oakland Station. Pick up is at Embarcadero Station, and their first East Bay stop will be Lake Merritt Station.

Millbrae and Daly City passengers should use Montgomery Street Station.

And, according to the SFMTA, Caltrain will run four post-midnight trains, departing San Francisco at 12:45 a.m., 1:15 a.m., 1:45 a.m. and 2:15 a.m., or when full. Like Muni, Caltrain service will also be free after 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and continue until 5 a.m.

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