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FREE Fares After 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve  

 Capital Metro, APD Partner to Offer Safe Rides 


Austin, Texas – Dec. 27, 2012 – Let Capital Metro do the driving on New Year’s Eve. Capital Metro and the Austin Police Department are partnering to provide free service on all Capital Metro services, beginning at 6 p.m. through the end of service on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. 

“Capital Metro is a safe, hassle-free alternative to driving your car downtown, especially on New Year’s Eve,” said Linda S. Watson, Capital Metro president/CEO. “We’re pleased to be able to expand a partnership we began last year with the Austin Police Department to encourage people to ride public transit on New Year’s Eve.”

In addition to robust local bus service throughout downtown, Capital Metro offers five Night Owl routes that travel to/from 6th and Congress and neighborhoods throughout town, beginning at midnight through 3 a.m., every 30 minutes. On New Year’s Eve, MetroRail will operate its normal weekday schedule, and E-Bus routes will not be in service.

“The Austin Police Department is excited about partnering with Capital Metro again this year,” said Police Chief Art Acevedo.  “Public transit is another great option to make sure folks are getting home safely this New Year’s Eve instead of getting behind the wheel drunk and driving.  Collectively, our number one goal is to make sure everyone rings in the New Year safely.”

Capital Metro and the Austin Police Department joined forces in 2011 to provide free service on Capital Metro’s late night bus service on New Year’s Eve. The successful partnership has returned and expanded in 2012, with free service beginning at 6 p.m. through the end of the night on New Year’s Eve.

Families may also take advantage of Capital Metro's convenient service on New Year's Eve. Ride routes 1, 3, 5, 7 or 10 to and from Auditorium Shores for Austin's New Year celebration. The free family-friendly event features live music, art, film and food from 5-10:30 p.m.

Plan your trip online or call the GO Line at (512) 474-1200.

Download Capital Metro Night Owl information. (PDF) 


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Capital Metro: Erica Macioge (512) 369-6085, (512) 636-7232 cell

APD: Anna Sabana (512) 974-5335, (512) 299-1724 cell


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