Free Rides on New Year’s Eve: What You Need to Know

New Year’s Eve is right around the corner. To make sure you ring in the new year safely, rideshare companies and cities are offering free or discounted rides on Dec. 31.

Rideshare Companies

Many cities and organizations are partnering with Lyft and Uber for New Year’s Eve. Here are just a few of the discounts available, broken down by region:

Mid-Atlantic U.S.

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) is offering a Lyft discount as part of its SoberDrive campaign. Functioning in the Washington D.C. area, the campaign offers a $15 promo code. You can access the SoberDrive promo code through the WRAP site.

South/Southeast U.S.

Kentucky riders can hail a Lyft by using the code SLEIGHRIDEKY thanks to SafeRideKY. They’ll get a discount of up to $10 off two rides through New Year’s Day. In Nashville, Krystal, which has 36 locations in Nashville, is offering free rides (up to $15) from 9 pm on Dec. 31 to 4 am on Jan. 1 for rides within a 25-mile radius of the city. Just use the promo code KRYSTALNYE. For Louisiana riders, use code DRIVESAFELA to get a $5 discount with Lyft. This promo applies to several Louisiana cities, including New Orleans and Baton Rouge. It starts at 6 pm and goes until 6 am on Jan. 1.

Midwest U.S.

Riders in the Metro Detroit area will also be able to access a $35 reimbursement by riding with Lyft or Uber. This takes a little more effort than inputting a promo code. You’ll need to save your receipt, then send it to Christensen Law, a firm based in Detroit, along with a copy of your driver’s license.

Western U.S.

Riders in Eugene, Oregon can get a discount for both Lyft and Uber rides. Use code NYERIDE18 to get $5 off Lyft starting at 8 pm and SAFERIDE2018 to unlock the same discount with Uber. If you live in Phoenix, Arizona, use the code CLNYE18 to get 10 percent off two rides with Uber. If you prefer riding with Lyft, you can use the code SAFEARIZONA18 to get 20 percent off two rides.

Other Options for New Year’s Eve Travel

Rideshares aren’t the only way to get around on New Year’s Eve. Many cities offer free rides on public transit starting the evening of Dec. 31. Check your city’s public transit site to find out if it’s on the list.

Bostonians can hop on the the MBTA for free starting at 8 pm on Dec. 31. And once the festivities are over, you can catch a free ride until 2 am. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will offer free rides on all trains and buses from 10 pm on Dec. 31 to 4 am on Jan. 1–no fare cards required. The City of Madison, Wisconsin will start offering free rides at 7 pm for buses and trains, with service going until 3:30 am. And the Twin Cities will offer free rides on public transit starting at 6 pm and lasting until 3 AM.

Denver, Colorado’s Regional Transport District (RTD) will also start offering free rides at 7 pm until the end of service. Los Angeles, California will have free rides on the Metro starting at 9 pm and ending at 2 am. King County, Washington will have free rides for both DART and Seattle Streetcar available from 7 pm to 2 am. The Portland Bureau of Public Transportation in Portland, Oregon, as part of its Safe Ride Home Campaign, will open its doors for free rides from 8 pm to 3 am.

And for those that want to drive, the Automobile Association of America (AAA) offers a Holiday Safe Ride program every year. While this isn’t available nationwide, users in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and North Dakota can call 855-2-TOW-2-GO to get a free ride until 6 am on Jan 2. For more details, check out the AAA site.

Stay safe ringing in the New Year!

1 Comment

  1. The AAA towing service program used to be national but i think they became overwhelmed with the amount of requests. As you can imagine, everyone requsted a ride at 2am. Unhappy people on the phone is bad for business so they discontinued the service because of the slow response time.
    I still think someone could do very well with a shuttle party bus system. Time will tell.
    Happy 2019!

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