Transit services offering free fare, special schedules

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Riders can travel without paying fare on King County Metro, Sound Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit and Seattle Streetcar as part of their New Year’s Eve celebrations.

“Whether you’re ringing in the New Year from home with friends and family, or planning a night on the town, we are teaming up across the region to offer free transportation and get everyone home safely this New Year’s Eve,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a release. “This is our way of thanking our riders, and offering those who celebrate late into the New Year a safe alternative to getting behind the wheel.”

Masks are required on transit vehicles and while waiting for transit service.

King County Metro: Buses will operate on a Sunday schedule and be fare-free from 4 a.m. Friday (New Year’s Eve), through 4 a.m. Saturday. (New Year’s Day).

Other Metro services operating fare-free include DART, Via to Transit, Ride Pingo to Transit, Community Van and Access service. Via to Transit will operate until 2 a.m. Saturday to accommodate New Year’s Eve celebrations.

The fareboxes and ORCA card readers on Metro buses will be covered to remind customers not to pay.

Sound Transit: Link light rail and Sound Transit Express buses are fare-free from 4 a.m. Friday, to 2 a.m. Saturday.

Sound Transit will operate extended Link light rail service on New Year’s Eve, with 15-minute late night service. The last southbound trip will leave Northgate Station at 1:46 a.m. The last northbound train will leave Angle Lake at 1:37 a.m. Sound Transit will also extend service on select ST Express bus routes. For more information go to the Sound Transit website.

Community Transit: Buses will operate on holiday schedules. For New Year’s Eve, buses and DART service will operate a Sunday bus schedule and will be fare-free from 4 a.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday.

Pierce Transit: Buses and paratransit SHUTTLE services will run on a Sunday level of service and are fare-free all- day Friday, from the start of service to the conclusion of service.

Seattle Streetcar: Both streetcars will operate fare-free New Year’s Eve and operate regular service hours.

King County Water Taxi will not operate on Friday and Saturday.

Seattle Monorail will collect regular fare and is scheduled to operate from Westlake to the Seattle Center until 10:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Service from the center to Westlake will run from 12:20 a.m. to 1 a.m. after the events at the center.

New Year’s Day service

On Saturday, transit customers are reminded that buses and rail service will operate on regular Saturday schedules, and regular valid fare will be required on all services. Details are posted on Metro’s holiday and reduced service page.

New Year’s Day, Sound Transit will operate ST Express and Link light rail on a Saturday schedule. Tacoma Link will operate on a Sunday schedule.