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VTA, AC Transit Announce Free Rides on New Year's Eve and Day

Santa Clara County's Valley Transportation Authority and the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District will be providing free rides throughout their systems beginning at 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve and extending through New Year's Day.

AC Transit's free bus service will last through 5 a.m. on New Year's Day, according to the transportation agency. For the rest of the New Year's holiday, AC Transit will operate on a Sunday schedule. 

VTA's extended services will also be available on VTA Express bus line 181 and the light rail. VTA has extended this option to the public as a reminder not to drink and drive.

"If you have plans to kick off the New Year with a little 'bubbly,' VTA wants to remind you to please not drink and drive," VTA communications spokeswoman Stacy Hendler Ross said in a statement.

VTA outreach teams will be stationed throughout service line stops on New Year's Day to educate riders about fare changes starting in the new year. They will continue to be present until Jan. 4 to answer any questions.

VTA encourages all riders to ride public transit as their New Year's resolution.

"Benefits can include less stress, reduced emissions, increased exercise getting to and from the station and more time to focus on you," spokeswoman Holly Perez said.

For more information, visit or call the communications team at (408) 321-2300.

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