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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Happy New Year 2014! Now, how do you get home?  Transit areas across the Bay Area are offering extended hours and even some free services to get you home safely after ringing in the new year Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Whether you’re watching the free San Francisco fireworks show south of the Ferry building, or just toasting the ball drop while watching on KPIX 5, you have extended options for the first trip home in 2014.

MUNI: Cable cars, Muni trains, buses are all free 8:00 pm through 5am Wednesday, January 1st. Clipper Card customers should not tap their cards.

  • Extra 1-California Route service inbound from 9:40 pm to 11:15 pm and outbound from 10:10 pm to 1:40 am.
  • Muni Metro service between West Portal and Embarcadero stations extended to 4 a.m. and until 2:15 a.m. to 4th and King street.
  • 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.

More:  www.sfmta.com/nye.

CALTRAINFree after 8:00 p.m. Final New Year’s train departs from the 4th and King Street Station at 2:15 a.m. on Jan. 1 or earlier if the train is at capacity.

SAMTRANS: Free after 8 p.m.

More: http://www.caltrain.com/notices.

BART: Normal fares. Additional service until approximately 3 a.m., Jan. 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 for a direct SFO Airport train.

More: www.bart.gov.

SANTA CLARA VTA: Free service on all light rail and bus lines from 8 p.m. December 31 to 5 a.m. January 1. Extended light rail and 181 service on New Year’s Eve and into New Year’s Day:

Light Rail (Alum Rock- Santa Teresa and Mountain View-Winchester lines)

More: http://www.vta.org/Let-VTA-Be-Your-Designated-Driver-On-New-Years-Eve#.UsLzEdJDuAg

AC TRANSIT: Normal schedules Tuesday. “Sunday” schedules will be in effect for Wednesday, January 1st, 2014. Also, due to an event, the bus lanes at Fruitvale BART will be closed from 12:01 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 1, 2014. During this time, AC Transit buses will not serve the regular stops at Fruitvale BART. Board at the following alternative stop locations:

AMTRAK: Tuesday, 12/31/2013 trains are as scheduled. Trains are on a holiday schedule, Wednesday, January 1st. 

More: http://www.capitolcorridor.org/news/service-alerts/christmas-new-years-service/

ACE TRAIN: Reduced Service on Tuesday: Westbound (AM Trains): ACE 01 and ACE 03. Eastbound (PM Trains): ACE 04 and ACE 06

In addition, ACE headquarters, ticketing kiosks and train service will not be available on on New Years Day, January 1st.

FERRY SERVICE: 

Larkspur / San Francisco Schedules: Larkpsur Ferry will operate HOLIDAY service on New Year’s Eve, 12/31. There is NO SERVICE on New Year’s Day. More

Sausalito / San Francisco Schedules: Sausalito Ferry will operate HOLIDAY service on New Year’s Eve, 12/31. There is NO SERVICE on New Year’s Day. More

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