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Free Rides and Extra Late-Night Service to be Offered on NYE by San Diego Transit Agencies

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Free Rides and Extra Late-Night Service to be Offered on NYE by San Diego Transit Agencies

Discounts on LYFT and Bird scooters and other promotions will also be available for transits riders


San Diego- To help San Diegans ring in the new year safely, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and the North County Transit District (NCTD) will offer free rides and extra late-night service after 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, December 31. Free rides will be offered on all MTS buses and Trolleys, and NCTD’s COASTER, SPRINTER and BREEZE services.

“We want to make sure the public has options to take any precautions and make their New Year’s Eve festivities safe for them and their loved ones,” said Nathan Fletcher, MTS Board Chair and San Diego County Supervisor. “Free rides after 6 p.m. and extra late-night service will give people a great option for staying safe and let MTS do the driving for them.”

“We encourage everyone going out to celebrate on New Year’s Eve to take advantage of the free transit rides as a safe, convenient alternative to driving a car,” said Tony Kranz, NCTD Board Chair and Encinitas Councilmember. “Start the new year off right by riding safely, and for free.”

LYFT and Bird are also joining in the celebration! By entering the code “MTS2022” riders can get a discount of  $5 on scooter rides that start or end at select transit centers all day on NYE and New Year’s Day. For LYFT scooters, riders should redeem the code to their account before they ride to ensure it is automatically applied to the trip.

This year, Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling Co. is sponsoring the Free Rides after 6 p.m. on the MTS network, along with the extra late-night service.

MTS Extra Night Trolley Service for NYE:

Green Line:

  • Last call train to SDSU 12:36am

UC San Diego Blue Line:

  • Last call train northbound from San Ysidro Station to UTC at 11:49 p.m. (departs America Plaza Station in Downtown at 12:34 a.m.)
  • Last call train southbound from America Plaza to San Ysidro departs at 12:49 a.m.
  • Last call train southbound from UTC to San Ysidro Station at 12:18am (Departs at 1:07 a.m. from Downtown, 12th and Imperial)


Orange Line (from downtown):

  • Last call train eastbound from Downtown Courthouse to Arnele Ave. Station departs at 12:15 a.m.
  • Last call train westbound from Arnele to Downtown Courthouse station departs at 1:15 a.m.

Bus Service- New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day service (12/31-1/1):

  • Saturday Service on both days
  • Additional late-night service planned for routes 30, 215, and 235
  • No service both days on: Rapid Express Routes 280, 290, Rural Route 892 and 894, COASTER Connections 972, 973, 974, 978, 979

Support Services:

  • MTS Information and Trip Planning- Modified hours on NYE (12/31) 5:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and closed on New Year’s Day (1/1)
  • PRONTO Support Center, Customer Service, the Transit Store, and MTS Administration offices will be closed on NYE and New Year’s Day


Friends Ride Free Promotion:

  • On NYE and New Year’s Day, friends ride for free! Every fare paying adult can bring one guest on board with them at no cost

For more details about holiday service visit the MTS Holiday Service website.

NCTD Extra Night Transit Service for NYE:


  • Last call train from Santa Fe Depot to Oceanside 1:20 a.m.
  • New Year’s Day will run a Sunday schedule


  • Last call train westbound from Escondido Transit Center at 1:33 a.m.
  • Last call train eastbound from Oceanside Transit Center departs at 2:26 a.m.
  • New Year’s Day will run a Sunday schedule


  • New Year’s Eve is a normal weekday schedule and New Year’s Day is a Sunday schedule

Support Services

  • NCTD Oceanside and Escondido Customer Service offices and Call Center will be open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The Vista Customer Service office will be closed all day.
  • On New Year’s Day, all Customer Service offices will be closed. The NCTD Call Center will be open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.