Long Beach Transit Offers Free Service on New Years Eve
2014-12-31 · By Editor
Free system-wide bus service will be available on Long Beach Transit between 5 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. this New Year’s Eve. The promotion encourages revelers to take public transit to and from festivities in Long Beach to avoid drinking and driving and to minimize street congestion. This free service was made available in part by the Downtown Long Beach Associates in promotion of the New Year’s Eve events happening in downtown Long Beach. The events include a family-friendly fireworks display at the waterfront, as well as a high-energy street party on Pine Avenue between 1st Street and 4th Street. “New Year’s Eve should be worry-free. Go have fun at what will be a great event in downtown Long Beach, and leave the driving to Long Beach Transit. We will drop you off and pick you up right in the heart of it all on 1st Street. Start your new year off with LBT,” said Debra Johnson, Long Beach Transit Deputy CEO.
In addition to free boarding on regular routes leaving the First Street Transit Gallery through 12:35 a.m., free extended evening service will be available on New Year’s Eve to accommodate anticipated high demand in downtown Long Beach. Extended service departures begin at 1:05 a.m. Most buses leave every half or full hour from the Transit Gallery through 2:35 a.m. Some bus routes during the extended service hours may be abbreviated and outbound only, so customers are encouraged to plan their trip early by visiting www.lbtransit.com or by calling LBT’s customer service department at 562-591-2301, Monday-Friday, 7am-6pm, Saturday 8am-5pm. Transit assistance from a live person will be available in downtown Long Beach during the New Year’s Eve festivities.
L.A. Metro will also be offering free service on New Year’s Eve starting at 9 p.m. Metro train stations will be unlatched until 2:00 a.m. New Year’s Day when their free service ends. The Metro Blue Line train that usually stops at the Downtown Long Beach Station will stop short at the 1st Street Station on Long Beach Boulevard after 6:53 p.m. Customers wishing to take the Blue Line back to Los Angeles should board at the 1st Street station thereafter.
Extended Long Beach Transit service trips will leave the First Street Transit Gallery at the following bus shelters and times: