Caltrain has volunteered to be the designated driver for Peninsula residents on New Year's Eve, offering free train service to and from San Francisco on Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. on.
Four extra trains, making all local stops including at the downtown Palo Alto and California Avenue stations, between San Francisco and the San Jose Diridon station, will head southbound from San Francisco after midnight, at 12:45 a.m., 1:15 a.m., 1:45 a.m. and 2:15 a.m., or when the trains are full. The 2:15 a.m. train is expected to be crowded, so riders who are able to take an earlier train are advised to do so, Caltrain's website states.
Caltrain's regulations say open alcohol containers are not allowed on trains after 9 p.m. following special events and that disruptive passengers will be asked to leave the train.
On Dec. 31 until 8 p.m., Caltrain will operate on a regular Saturday schedule. On New Year’s Day, it will operate a modified Sunday schedule, with 32 trains between San Francisco and San Jose and shuttle service to and from the Tamien station. Train service will not operate south of San Jose.
On Monday, Jan. 2, Caltrain will operate a special holiday schedule.
The administrative offices of the San Mateo County Transit District, which manages Caltrain, will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2.
More information is available from Caltrain's customer service center at 1-800-660-4287 (TTY 650-508-6448) or at caltrain.com.
Free rides from AAA
AAA will offer free rides and tows on New Year's Eve to help prevent drunk driving on the holiday.
The annual Tipsy Tow program will provide free one-way rides and tows for drivers and their vehicles of up to 10 miles to the driver's home.
Additional passengers are welcome if there is room in the tow truck.
Anyone can call (800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) to access the service, which will run from 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday in Northern California.
The program is available to everyone, not just AAA members, and reservations are not available.
Now in its 20th year, the program is AAA's attempt to take drunk drivers off the road and reduce auto crashes, injuries and fatalities.