Free Metro Rides in Austin on New Year's Eve: What You Need to Know

Capital Metro is helping Austin-area residents enjoy the New Year's celebrations safely by giving out free rides. The MetroBus, MetroRapid, MetroRail, and MetroAccess will all offer free rides after 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve in an effort to abate traffic and help Austin locals and visitors enjoy the celebrations more safely.

The schedule for the free transport can be accessed on this link. Customers can also access the automated phone line and online Trip Planner 24/7 to help them prepare their routes in advance.

Here are some things you need to know if you want to enjoy the free transport services for New Year's Eve:

  • MetroRail buses will start giving free rides after 6 p.m. on December 31. With 9 MetroRail stations in Austin, the plan also includes extending the service on Saturday with an addition trip leaving downtown at 2:30 a.m.
  • MetroRapid will offer its final departures at 2:30 a.m. from downtown along Guadalupe and Lavaca streets. There are two MetroRapid routes: one connects the Tech Ridge area to the Southpark Meadows shopping center in Southwest Austin through the UTexas campus and downtown; the other connects The Domain to the Westgate area in Southwest Austin via UT and downtown.
  • Five Night Owl routes will run to and from Sixth and Congress every 15 minutes from midnight until 3 a.m. on New Year’s Eve.
  • Local MetroBus service will operate a Saturday schedule on New Year’s Eve, but E-Buses and UT Shuttles will not be in service.
  • Capital Metro's MetroBus and MetroRapid will resume regular service schedules on Sunday, New Year's Day. MetroRail, UT Shuttles, Night Owls and E-Buses will not be in service.
  • All services except for the UT Shuttle and E-Bus Service will resume their regular weekday scheduled by Monday, January 2. 

This post was based on the Community Impact article that was published last December 27, 2016.

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