Muni offers free rides, BART has extended hours for NYE

SAN FRANCISCO -- Fun and frivolity will cost you on New Year's Eve-and possibly the morning after-but getting around San Francisco won't cost you a dime.

Muni is giving its fare enforcement inspectors the night off and letting passengers ride for free from 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1 until 5 a.m. on New Year's Day. Now in its 18th year, the free rides are sponsored by 76 and support the city's Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities.

Because no proof of purchase will be required, ticket gates will remain open at stations and riders are encouraged not to tap Clipper Cards (lest they be charged).

To accommodate more passengers, service on cable car lines and the F Market will be provided by buses after dark, and Metro service between West Portal and Embarcadero will be extended until 5 a.m.

Service frequency on the following lines will be doubled:
5 Fulton
14 Mission
22 Fillmore

24 Divisadero
25 Treasure Island
38 Geary
44 O'Shaughnessy
48 Quintara-24th
90 Owl

91 Owl
L Owl
N Owl

Although BART is still charging full fares, the transit agency is extending service until 3 a.m. on Jan. 1. From 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve to 5am the following morning, Caltrain will offer free service.

A city-sponsored fireworks show will light up the skies over the Bay at the stroke of midnight from a barge stationed south of the Ferry Building, so SFMTA is warning motorists to expect delays between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.