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The SFMTA has released a press statement that for the 20th consecutive year in a row, MUNI and it’s umbrella transportation will be free for rider on NYE. Due to the annual surge pricing of both Uber and Lyft, SFMTA is encouraging riders to take a bus home after their night of frolicking around the city.
“We want all San Francisco residents and visitors to have a happy and safe New Year. That’s why we’ve partnered with 76, to once again make Muni free on the last night of the year,” said Ed Reiskin, SFMTA Director of Transportation. This year’s Ride Muni Free New Year’s Eve is sponsored by 76.
So how does it work? From 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. New Year’s Day, the MUNI stations will have their gates open for people to pass through freely, clipper card gates will be covered to not charge people and MUNI METRO tickets will not be accepted. This year’s Ride Muni Free New Year’s Eve is sponsored by 76. “76 and SFMTA invite you to Ride Muni free on New Year’s Eve from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on all lines and routes and leave the driving to Muni! We wish you a safe holiday season by being a passenger, not a driver. Happy holidays! We’re on the driver’s side” said Bree Januhowski, 76 Brand Manager.
// Ride Muni Free New Year’s Eve includes all Muni lines and routes. All information, including schedules and stops, will be posted on sfmta.com/nye; Clipper Card customers should NOT tap their cards to make sure they don’t get charged a fare. Muni Mobile passes will not be necessary. Metro fare gates will be open that night. Photography by Josh Wilburne.