Ride Long Beach Transit for Free on New Year’s Eve
2012-12-28 · By Editor
Free system-wide bus service will be available on Long Beach Transit starting at 5 p.m. for New Year’s Eve. The promotion encourages residents to avoid drinking and driving by taking public transit and comes with the added benefit of not having to find parking when going to local festivities.
“New Year’s Eve is a big night for our community. While everyone is out having a good time, we focus on helping keep our roads and residents safe by offering a reliable way to get to and from home on public transportation,” said Kevin Warfield, Long Beach Transit’s Operations Manager.
In addition to free boarding on regular routes leaving the First Street Transit Gallery through 12:30 a.m., free extended evening service will be available on New Year’s Eve to accommodate anticipated high demand in downtown Long Beach and throughout the city. The last buses running extended service will leave the Transit Gallery, located on 1st Street between Pine Avenue and Long Beach Blvd in downtown Long Beach, at 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m.
Bus routes during the extended service hours will be abbreviated, so riders are encouraged to plan their trip early by calling 562-591-2301 Monday-Friday, 7am-6pm, Saturday 8am-3pm, or by visiting the Transit & Visitor Information Center at First Street & Pine Avenue in downtown Long Beach. Transit assistance from a live person will be available in downtown Long Beach during the New Year’s Eve festivities, and regular route information is available 24/7 at www.lbtransit.com (now mobile-friendly) and from a touch screen kiosk located at the Transit & Visitor Information Center.
This free service is being made available by the Downtown Long Beach Associates to promote the New Year’s Eve events happening in downtown Long Beach, which include a family-friendly waterfront celebration, a fireworks display, live music and a street party that will go on through late night.