New Year’s Eve news: Free Muni tonight, fireworks, extra BART, Caltrain


As they do every year, your favorite transit agency will offer free rides on New Year’s Eve, giving you really no excuse whatsoever. BART and Caltrain will provide extra service this evening also. See below.

Stay safe, and happy New Year from Muni Diaries!

New Year’s Eve Muni Service

Complimentary Muni service from 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 31 to 5 a.m. on Friday, January 1.

Extra Owl service (1 a.m. to 5 a.m.): 5 Fulton, 14 Mission, 22 Fillmore, 24 Divisadero, 38 Geary, 90 and 91 Owl and the L and N Owl bus routes.

Service on the F Market historic streetcar line is provided by buses after approximately 4 p.m.

Service on cable cars will be provided by buses after approximately 4 p.m.

Extra 1 California service will operate between Presidio Ave and Drum Street from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m.

Late night transit services will also be available from our regional transit partners: AC Transit, BART, and SamTrans.

At midnight on New Year’s Eve, there will be a city-sponsored fireworks show from a barge off of The Embarcadero, south of the Ferry Building. Motorists should anticipate delays in the area from approximately 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. No closures or re-routes are planned. SFPD and SFMTA will monitor for any necessary re-routes. For details, please visit

The ongoing Blue Light Emergency Telephone and Radio System Replacement Projects in the subway will not take place on New Year’s Eve, December 31. Muni subway will be open for train service until 4 a.m., the next day. This will provide easy and quick transportation service for party goers to travel to and from overnight celebration at the waterfront.

BART will provide additional service until approximately 3 a.m.January 1. After 8 p.m. BART service to and from the East Bay will be separated between Embarcadero and Montgomery stations. Pittsburg/Bay Point and Richmond trains will depart from Montgomery Station only. Dublin/Pleasanton and Fremont trains will depart from Embarcadero Station only. Daly City and Millbrae trains will depart from Montgomery Station. Passengers going to SFO Airport from Embarcadero Station will need to transfer to an airport train at Balboa Park. SFO passengers may also enter BART at Montgomery Station for a direct SFO Airport train. Dublin/Pleasanton and Fremont trains will not stop at West Oakland and will make their first East Bay stop Lake Merritt after the fireworks end. There are no special fares for this service. For more details, please visit

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. Caltrain service will be free after 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and continue until 5 a.m. For more details, please visit

SamTrans will run its regular non-school day service on New Year’s Eve and will offer free rides beginning at 8 p.m. on December 31 until 5 a.m. on January 1. For more details, please visit

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